Lime Kiln Lock to Weston on Trent
With the weather set to get chilly we wanted to moor up somewhere sensible at the end of the day. So after we’d passed down the first two Stone locks we topped up the water again and disposed of the rubbish.
Lots of repointing of the lock wall sides seems to have happened at Star Lock. We weren’t too keen on the blue lights on the outside of the pub, white would be much better, but then we weren’t seeing it in the dark.
By Aston Lock is the halfway mile post of the Trent and Mersey, well half way between Shardlow and Preston Brook as there is still 1.5 miles of the canal past Shardlow. Behind this on the other side of the wall is a rather good shed. It looks like it was a lock keepers hut before it became a very interesting shed. Wonder if it still has a stove inside, although it looks like it would take quite a bit of getting to.
We’d heard that the Farm Shop at Aston Marina has shut, it’s final day was last Sunday. Their bistro will be expanding into the shop space, it seems that the marina does very good business in the Bistro and their new Venue. I think we’ve only bought sausages there before and prefer the shop at Great Haywood. The signs outside the marina have been taken down, suspect it’s so that they can be changed.
The day was starting to get cold now so some soup with the rolls I’d made went down a treat before we continued on. If you are passing Bridge 88 there may be a large pile of logs off side as two trees have been felled today. I suspect there’d be enough to keep a couple of boats warm all winter.
Down one more lock and a pootle to Weston On Trent (this one not the other one!). As we rounded the bend there was a field of sheep and their rather new looking lambs. Be’doingie!! They were so nearly going for it, but maybe they were still a little bit too young. Then another 50 yards and our second sign of spring, Snowdrops! We had to reverse to appreciate them better.
6 locks, 7.06 miles, 1 new towpath, 4 well timed rolls, 2 trees felled, 1 man fishing for branches, 2 orange hands, 11 E E E E’s, 1 bad Dante! 7 lambs, 2 near be’doingies, 38 snowdrops crammed together, 1 very mardy Tilly.