It was pretty miserable on Saturday so we delayed our start until Sunday and cruised as far as the reach below Aston Lock:
|Mick at Kingfisher Narrowboats kindly extracted Leo from the dry dock and left her just outside|
On Monday we carried on to stop at a new place for us - the Ragley Boat Stop, a pub with its own mooring on the offside.
|It's nearly bluebell time but this is a wood full of Forget me Knots giving a similar blue haze|
On Tuesday we had our friend Steve who came to join us for the day as we cruised to Burton. No cycling today as we used Steve's car to move ours to Burton and then both came back in Steve's car before we set off.
|We love the spring colours in the trees as they come into leaf as this shot on the approach to Willington shows|
Steve happily took the helm and even remembered which way to point the tiller. He also brought the sun which was very welcome after a couple of cold days.
As we prepared to set off a share boat, Dawn Rose, passed us so we had welcome company through Stenson Lock which was well manned by volunteers so the passage of this deep and fierce lock was a doddle.
Stenson is the last wide lock and above you can see us leaving Dallow Lock which is the first of the narrow locks on the Trent and Mersey. As you can see we made good use of our extra crew. We picked up some rubbish round the prop below the lock which is a new experience round here.
After reaching Burton and enjoying tea and cakes onboard we used our handy car to give Steve a lift back to his car and all three of us ate out again at the Ragley Boat Stop before saying goodbye.
Today (Wednesday) has started very wet so we've taken the opportunity to update the blog before getting underway. Another short hop and cycle back is on the agenda this afternoon.