We started the day by lighting the diesel Bubble stove for the first time since May. As usual after the summer it refused to light at first and the diesel had to be drawn through using a pump. We have got better at this since the first time when a large amount of diesel went into the tray under the fire and we spent several days feeling ill and repeatedly cleaning the area. The small finally went with a solution containing Bicarbonate of Soda. We certainly didn’t light the fire as early as this over the past two years but it has been very chilly for a couple of days and we woke feeling that our joints were aching. However, as is always the way, after several hours we have now turned it off as we were expiring from the heat and the residual smell of stove blacking, applied a few weeks ago. We are finally balanced organisms as far as heat and smells are concerned!
Anyway fresh air was definite needed this afternoon and we walked past Alrewas Lock and along the river to the church of St Leonards at Wychnor, dating from the 13th century, at least the lower part of it. Its a smallish square towered church on a hill with good views all round. As we returned we watched boats passing through the lock, as if it was a great novelty. What is the fascination?
Statistics so far:-
1961.53 Miles, 1108 Locks, 118 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 32 Tunnels