Wheaton Aston

July 10, 2011

We arrived back at Gnosell yesterday after a few days at home, including a happy family day at Alan’s brother David’s wedding to Rie. It’s always a joy to have the family together. This morning we moved along to the water point which was one of the lovely rarities, a tap with pressure! NB Ellie Mae was moored next to the waterpoint. We had had spent some days moored on the other side of a pontoon from them in Liverpool last year.

It was a splendid day for moving along with the sun shining brightly. The Shroppie is such a beautiful canal, hard to beat in our opinion, with the fields and views on either side and those wonderful high arching bridges. Just before Lord Talbots Wharf we passed the Napton Narrowboat Grace and a lady on the cruiser stern saw our name and called out “I read your blog!” Now isn’t that the most frustrating thing about narrowboating, you sometimes meet up with people so fleetingly when you would love to have a good chat.

We reached Wheaton Aston around 1.00 hoping that that the garage would be open so that we could fill up with diesel, which they are currently selling at 70.9p per litre. Unfortunately they are only open Mondays to Fridays and a half day on Saturday so we stopped here rather than going on to Brewood. A Sunday dinner at the Hartley Arms held great appeal. They do a £5.95 carvery and the roast dinner, while not the very best I have had, was quite acceptable and their beer was very well kept. After a short walk it was back for a Sunday afternoon nap and laze about. Despite our name it seems a rare treat!

Today we did 5.29 Miles and 1 Tunnel

Statistics so far:-

2798.85 Miles, 1752 Locks, 177 Swing Bridges, 97 Lift Bridges, 51 Tunnels