Travel Blogs from Church Stretton
Friday 13th September
Leaving Hawne Basin, we found we were in a convoy of at least four boats, with a working pair at the front. Gosty Hill Tunnel hadn't improved, and the sunken boat was still under the bridge causing problems but we got past.
The festival arrangements were very casual. We were told to go and find somewhere to moor. As we had already tied up alongside another boat temporarily, we decided to make that ...
... a gap year specialist.
Yes, I did feel too old to be shopping there, but hey ho, they had what we needed.
Now the challenge will be how the hell I fit a bulging 80 litres of stuff from the old rucksack into the new 70 litre one.... hmmmm.... may have to leave the inflatable crocodile behind :(
... tell me if it would be an idea worth going for. I most certainly hope so. 'Betty's Hot Sauce' me thinks. I thought of going with 'Betty's Secret Potion' but let's face it, it's no secret, and anybody sensible enough could put two and two together and name the ingredients used so that's a no. Anyway, we'll see how it goes. Good luck to me ...
Mon 26th Aug
A spare day waiting for the dry dock.
We finally found a place to keep the clothes dryer pole and fitted a broom clip to keep it there.
James did some research into buses to and from the NEC from somewhere on the canal system for the Christian Resources Exhibition in October. Catherine de Barnes is the closest place, but there is a mile walk from the mooring to the bus. Gas Street Basin or ...
... from the shops. Sadly, they are not staying more than an hour before going off in their car for a few days.
Hazel gathered up all our carpet runners and took them to the launderette where they have a huge washing machine that can take them all at once.
We noticed a burning smell coming from the solar panel controls, and an error message on the panel, so we took the fuse out, which was hot but still intact. We put it back in later when it was dark.