The Crown Hotel
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... boat anyway.
We went to the Tame Otter which is a Vintage Inn for a nice lunch and then I went to the supermarket with my mum while Carrie had the fun of giving my dad and grandparents a trip down the canal.
Apparently the biggest problem for Carrie was trying to control my dad who just wanted to go rather fast and steer into the overhanging willow trees to make his parents have to duck out of the way. But she survived without my dad crashing, ...
... so despite both me and Carrie being exhausted we limped our way into Armitage.
Once moored up it seemed like Carrie got a burst of energy so went blackberry picking, we then had a dinner of beans on toast with mushrooms followed by french toast with a kind of jam style coulis using the last of the fresh fruit.
... meals which was good as the plan was to just keep going as late as we could and stop when we ran out of energy or light. But first we stopped at Shugborough Hall.
We basically snuck in the back entrance, we passed by a closed booth that said we had to go to another reception to buy a ticket costing £15 each. We headed off towards where we had to pay but stopped off at the butterfly garden where Carrie spent ages trying to get a ...
... steering and Andrea with the girls having turns to help unwind the locks and push open. A few of the "life canaliers" weren't so nice and welcoming on this first day.
Stopped off in Stone the first night and had a nice meal out at Weatherspoons. Then on past Great Haywood to find a turning point to head back in time for early drop off day 4. Second night stopped off for another nice pub meal then carried on up the canal ...
Made a late start today as we were only going a short distance into Aston Marina. Did a few jobs and gave the boat a good tidy and clean before setting off. Jack is coming to stay aboard this evening before taking us to his design show tomorrow. Another beautiful day weather wise though more windy than yesterday. Arrived at Aston before mid day and after a bit of faffing around got secured on a visitors mooring. ...