Thursday 21 June

A good undisturbed night’s sleep was had by all.

The longest day and the sun is shining.

We’d planned to visit the Black Country Museum; we’d visited before in 2010 and had thoroughly enjoyed it then and we were looking forward to another fun day today.

One of the boats from the museum’s arm came past us at 8am.  We decided to head in as we needed to fill with water at the facilities block there. We passed another boat leaving as we were heading in so by the time we’d filled with water there was sufficient room for both boats.

There was a bit of a breeze so we winded with me ashore hanging on to the bow rope while Storm powered the boat round and then at the mid-point I pulled on the rope to assist with the turn.  It saves a lot of engine revving when its windy.   Who needs bow thrusters?!

Andy & Mandy soon joined us and we headed into the museum shortly after it opened.  It might be the longest day today but the hours passed very quickly and we left the museum just as it was closing having had a wonderful and informative day.

The Trap Maker

The Chain Maker

The volunteers, all dressed in period costume, are  happy to  share their fascinating experiences and stories about the lives and times of the people who once lived and worked in the workshops and houses on the site.

We had the obligatory fish and chips for lunch which are the best we’ve tasted and they were even able to provide a gluten free batter for Mandy.  Excellent value for money and a brilliant day out.    We’ve got tickets that allow us to visit again within 12 months.  I just wish we lived a bit nearer because I’m not sure another visit would enable us to see all the sights and take in all the information available as it is such a vast place.  We went down the coal mine this time too.

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