Tuesday 27 October

We left Tixall Wide having seen only two kingfishers in our time there and I have become familiar with their distinctive high-pitched call when in flight.

At Tixall Lock, a couple of nosy Jersey cows came up to the fence to see what we were doing.

Inquisitive Jersey cows

Inquisitive Jersey cows

As we motored the weather improved and the early morning mizzle lifted and we saw the sun again for most of the morning.

Storm worked the five locks over the nine miles to Penkridge. The Euston to Crewe railway line kept us company to the outskirts of Stafford and then, after another two miles, the M6 came alongside us and stayed beside us all the way to Penkridge.

We arrived into Penkridge just after lunch and moored up near The Boat pub. Fiona came to see us late afternoon and we chatted over a coffee before heading to The Boat for a bite to eat. The food was delicious.

Our Nicholson’s guide book describes this pub as “A mellow and friendly red-brick pub dating from 1779 with plenty of brass and other bits and pieces in the homely bars.” I think it has had a bit of a de-clutter makeover recently as we didn’t spot any brass or bits and pieces and the homely bars would have been better if someone had put a match to the open fires.

As Fi was driving home later we returned to the boat to chat more and enjoy a cup of tea while we glowed in front of our fire!


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