Yesterday we stayed put in our quiet spot at Church Lawton. It was a dry day and as we were tied up with the port side to the bank, Ian wanted to get on with painting the gunwales on that side, so he was soon sanding down, washing down, rust converting, and priming. He was busy all day and now we have a speckled paint job, waiting for undercoat and gloss.
I had a good day, keeping warm, with the oven on and baking, making crab apple & rose hip jelly, cooking lunch and other boatwifely chores. The cows were out in the field opposite and as they made a move at half past three back to the milking parlour, I decided I should get out for walk too.
Church Lawton church and manor house
Though it still feels wrong walking without my doggy friend for company. Ahh Jumble, we do miss you.
Today, it was wet, so no painting would get done, we donned the waterproofs and set off up the last few locks to Hardings Wood junction and Harecastle Tunnel.
In and out the tunnel
Through the Potteries
No stopping today, the rain had stopped and there were a few glimpses of blue sky, we passed nb Epiphany at Westport Lake, don’t think anyone was at home, and we pressed on through the Stoke locks.
Etruscan bone and flint mill
A quick stop at Barlaston to get a paper (no luck), milk and chocolate then we stopped above the Meaford locks with the towpath again on the port side, but it was too wet and cold to paint, maybe in the morning.
14 miles, 11 locks, 1 tunnel