Saturday 27th August
We were staying put at Castleford on Saturday waiting for our daughter to come over and see us. So we went into town and got some shoppping in the morning. There is a good market in the centre where we got some plums and later picked blackberries from our mooring place.
The blackberries were beautiful, big, juicy and sweet. They were quickly transformed into spiced blackberry pudding for our visitors and also some Bramble Jelly.
Today was our 29th wedding anniversary. We left Castleford after lunch and made our way to Stanley Ferry where there is a good mooring and lots of other boaters. Also a restaurant so we celebrated our anniversary there in the evening.
5 miles, 3 locks
Quite a busy day for us, we moved off and stopped in Wakefield where we visited the Hepworth Gallery. Here are some very attractive sculptures by Barbara Hepworth and details of how she made them. Also an interesting exhibition by Eva Rothschild. The gallery is new, only opened in May this year I think.
We had lunch in the city and then moved on, mooring up at just outside Mirfield at the top of the locks as it was getting late and a bit chilly. The village has some nice moorings too, but we didn't quite get there.
We have our newspaper delivered by the 'Paper Dog'!
11 miles, 12locks