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Travel Blogs from Telford
... went round the prop and we had no steerage. We gathered some plums, and then removed a large sheet or curtain off the propeller.
The water was very clear, so we could see various objects in the canal, including a child car seat, a fridge, an open umbrella and the inevitable plastic bags. We had to travel slower than usual to avoid stirring up things on the bottom.
We arrived eventually at Sneyd Junction, where we disposed of all the bits ...
... Xsara but we were told the boat had left already. We noticed Felonious Mongoose had also gone. We had not had a chance to speak to them.
Although the day was overcast and breezy, the threatened storms did not come, and we had only some light showers until later in the evening when it rained.
We helped to marshal boat visitors to Kew. John and his team of evangelists returned and sang some worship songs.
We had to return to our boat at 4pm ...
... join in the festival. We visited Sainsbury’s Local and a cash machine, before travelling down the New Main Line.
We made three weed hatch visits, generally collecting things on the prop when we had to slow down for bridges and toll islands. These islands were originally built to make boats slow right down so that tolls could be collected. We noticed several piles of chewed up polythene left behind from other boats.
In Netherton Tunnel there was ...
Two weeks to go and a bad time to find out that my trusty loft-lodging 80 litre rucksack - purchased in 2000 - is not really up to the task of carrying our stuff comfortably on my now slightly larger, comfort-seeking self.
After much hunting and research I have found a brilliant ...
... weren’t any fields or a sewage works. We then discovered a huge dead carp floating in the canal right by our open side doors! We moved it further on.
We went for a meal at Wetherspoons, and then stocked up at Sainsbury’s.
We had a call from Jim Sparkes to say that Hawne Basin can’t offer the slipway as it is booked up. Jim is going to try and find somewhere else – maybe Great Haywood. This would mean a rethink of our plans. ...