Narrowboat Tacet

Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

A Gailey Day


What a nice change to see blue skies and feel the sunshine today.  I was getting fed up with all the rain, though they say there’s more to come……..Ho hum…..

Sunday evening we moored at Tixall Wide as it’s a spot we’ve never stopped at before, however, as soon as we stopped and came down into the cabin, the windows steamed up because of our wet clothes, and the rain continued……. Monday morning was just the same, so we didn’t really get to appreciate the view and the mooring.

It really rained hard yesterday morning, poor Ian got drenched standing on the back, we managed to get to Penkridge and called it a day there at about 1.30.  After drying out, warming up and eating lunch we set off into the town during the only dry bit of the day.  It was quite a pleasant walk, but I forgot the camera, so no photos, sorry.

This morning, whilst cloudy, it was dry, hooray!, and we went up the first lock, stopping to use the services and whilst the water tank was filling, Ian got out the paintbrushes again and put another coat on the spots and patches under the gunwales. It looks very spotty now.

It was a good autumn cruising day, a bit chilly, but sunny and did I mention, DRY!  There were lots of other boaters on the move today too, so the locks were mostly for us. Picturesque Gailey lock was the last lock on our journey today…..

Gailey Lock (5)



looking great in autumn colours and sunshine.






Gailey Lock (1)





With Tacet in the frame, perhaps I should photoshop the grey spots out!








We got to Autherley Junction about 4 o’clock, and thought we didn’t have time to get up the Woverhampton locks before dark, we’ll do them tomorrow.  So stopped on the visitor moorings for tonight and Ian has been able to get back to the paintwork again.


Autherley Junction (6)



On his knees again!






I remembered the stop lock at the start of the Shroppie was pretty in autumn, so walked round to get a picture, but the trees hadn’t yet turned to their full autumn colours……

Autherley Junction (2)Autherley Junction (4)




The sun on the willows opposite us, brought out the yellowy green to a glow……






 Autherley Junction (5)




As the sun dipped further down, the colours became more firey.







So tomorrow we’ll start our journey into Birmingham, it’ll be nice to be there again, it was January when we last passed through.

Monday, Tixall Wide – Penkridge

9.5 miles, 5 locks


Tuesday, Penkridge – Autherley Junction.

11 miles, 7 locks

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