Trip Start Apr 02, 2012
67Trip End Oct 31, 2012
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With only a limited number of miles and locks to go and 4 or 5 days to do them in and a lovely day for a wander after yesterdays rain, we thought we would try and find a new place to explore instead of rushing through Rugby and Braunston. Brinklow looked a possibility so in the mile of towpath before the Brinklow bridge we started looking for our ideal space, in vain. There was room at the visitors mooring but its bank had an underwater outward slope which we don't like and we would have had to use mooring pins which we are not keen to do on a busy stretch. So we carried on, hoping that we would find just what we were looking for. And then we found it
Brinklow is a tidy little village built along a wide main street which is one of the first things I noticed. I took a picture of the street because it reminded me of many of the roads in Australia - wide with room between pavements and road for cars to park at right angles instead of alongside. There is a substantial mound of a motte and bailey castle next to the church and there are magnificent views of the surrounding countryside from the top.
I managed to pick quite a lot of elderberries and sat outside this afternoon combing the berries off the stalks with a fork. The smell of the elderberries gently stewing is almost as good as the smell of bread baking. Shall finish off making the cordial tomorrow once the juice from the berries has finished draining. The early evening sun is stretching its long shadows over the grass and all is well.