Last night we were able to enjoy for free much of the nearby fabulous Festival of Fireworks at Catton Hall, Walton on Trent. The pyrotechnics lasted for well over an hour. Apparently this is an annual spectacle not to be missed.
This morning we got out our cruising diary from 2010 and realized that our memories have failed us both as we read that we have stopped in the village of Hopwas before and discovered then that there was no shop and apparently visited both pubs at that time. Oh dear, I hope this isn’t the first since of senility! Storm’s more worried that I can’t remember as he tells me that he relies on me to tell him where he is!
On a more positive note though the Summer has returned today as the sun is shining so the stove has been allowed to go out and the additional clothing layers have been put back in the wardrobe for now.
We left Fradley and moved down four locks, and about a mile and a half, to the pretty, village of Alrewas. This afternoon we enjoyed a leisurely stroll round the village and were treated to a spitfire looping the loop as part of the National RAF Service Parade at the National Memorial Arboretum here on the outskirts of the village.
We also walked around the church and found this little window, which we learnt was the lepers’ window, allowing them to partake with what was happening in the church from outside. This has since been glazed with modern stained glass.
We also spotted this newly fledged sparrow that was clinging on to the hedge for grim death and as it wasn’t there when we walked back we hope it had learnt to fly!
It was reassuring that I could remember parts of this village from our first ever visit here in February 2010. This is where we spent our first night out on the cut on our own boat after we left Barton Turns Marina following our boat launch.