Saturday, 1 August 2015

Birmingham to Merry Hill and thence to Stourbridge

Left Birmingham at 8:30 am Thursday along mainline towards Wolverhampton.

By 9 am I had coat, overcoat and gloves on!

Nothing of great note as we travelled. 

Went through Netherton tunnel which was longer than I imagined.  We arrived Merry Hill at lunchtime and found a decent mooring spot pretty quickly.  The local Fishermen were loud pains in the arse.
NB Sister Dora came up from Delph and we offered to let her breast up given there was little room and the fishermen we set for the night and had made it clear they were not for moving.

We pooped over to Weatherspoons, had a simple dinner and chilled.  We could have wandered to the shopping complex but had no need.

When Sister Dora left next morning she failed to notice, nor would I have, that the lines from our overnight fishermen had stretched right across the main channel so as she departed she set off the line alarms, fishermen did not stir even though 4 alarms were sounding, something to do with the empty bottles all around them.  The alarms went quiet when they broke, nearly toppling the rods into the water - nothing I could do as we were already underway, let's hope they just lost weights and floats, seem so as rods were still on dry land. Had a weed hatch moment and needed to remove some plastic bags from the prop.  Did that and moved on to the locks.

24 locks achieved and we moored in Stourbridge and had a very thorough pump out.  Tank still shows full so the indicator float is stuck up high, not checking it though! We also managed a mooring in the secure part and all around were notably friendly.  Very weedy stretch and water was very clear but easy to pass through.

Popped up to Town centre for a beer and some ice cream.  Looked around for a decent Chinese, none to be found so we walked about a mile to the ruby Cantonese.  Nice food, we were sorted.  We then decided to head back to town centre to go to the Tesco extra there.  Loaded up with stores and headed back to the boats.  Overnight was quiet and next morning we slipped our moorings at about 9am, filled with water and headed out.  A lovely day and we now find ourselves at Swindon village on the Shropshire and Worcester canal.

We have stopped here for fish and chips as I need a treat, and we are on holiday!

We tend to slip early and moor early, gives us a nice 5-6 hours out before we stop, usually about 3pm.

Tomorrow, we might stop at Coven and have a BBQ.  I love nothing than changing my mind when I feel, the joy of boating without a tight schedule!