Wednesday 14 September

(Delayed posting as no internet signal for much of the way on The Shroppie!)

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We didn’t get the same flyer we did yesterday but were still away by 9am.  After last night’s red sunset it wasn’t a surprise to wake to another beautiful sunny morning, although as we passed other boaters, last night’s dramatic thunderstorm was the main topic of conversation.

‘The Shroppie’ as the canal is affectionately called, is a series of deep cuttings followed by a series of embankments that Telford carved through the landscape and today we enjoyed the shade that the overhead tree canopy provided in the cuttings.

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We passed straight through Brewood, that apparently had been without electricity for two hours after last night’s storm, and the visitor moorings there were muddier than usual.

Our single lock of the day at Wheaton Aston was set in our favour and we pulled in to fill up with water on the right at the bottom of the lock, and then again on the left just under the bridge to fill up with diesel at just 51.9p/litre.

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After that we continued on through Gnossal and on to Norbury.  Kingfishers continued to elude capture by camera – there were more than we’ve seen for a while.

At Norbury we stopped for a while in the sunshine to hang out the washing, and use the nice hot showers there before we moved off late afternoon to Bridge 42.   The Anchor Inn has always been closed before when we’ve passed as it keeps unusual opening hours but as we’re passing between March and October this time we thought we would stop and investigate as the pub seems to be part of canal folklore.

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The pub seems to be run by a mother and daughter team, is a free house and it has one beer on draft, Wadsworth 4X.  The pub occupies the two small front downstairs rooms only and  is simply furnished with unpolished/unpainted wooden tables, chairs and a couple of old settles.   The large garden outside is very well maintained and the pots of flowers were in glorious bloom.   On a warm sunny Summer’s day we can imagine that it will be extremely popular.  The toilets are also outside.

At least we’ve satisfied that itch!

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