Sunday 1 July

We didn’t have too early a start today.  The first stop was at the ‘facilities block’ as the CRT are now renaming their sanitary stations.

Fun had been had at Gas Street by stag party revellers.

The second stop was at Sainsbury’s at Selly Oak, just beyond Birmingham University, for an extensive shop.   With it being Sunday, no-one could purchase anything until 11am.  The bike was used to carry the heavy load back to the boat.

While I stowed everything away Storm motored on and before long he passed Bournville and soon turned into the North Stratford Canal.  We had lunch on the move as we needed to make progress although the going was slow as the canal was very shallow in places, despite evidence of dredging in the area.

Thankfully today much of the canal was shaded by the mature leaf canopy overhead making the heat bearable.

Just after lunch though disaster struck as I stood up with phone in hand.  My mobile short out of its protective leather case and flew out of reach before dropping dramatically into the canal and out of sight – probably never to be seen again.

After several expletives I resigned myself to the realisation of just what I’d lost.  Thankfully I don’t store photos on it; mainly phone numbers.  Thankfully when we moved house I entered most numbers from my phone into my landline directory, so once I get a new phone and return home, I will still be able to contact most folk.

By contrast, the rest of the day was uneventful.  Three lift bridges, four locks and 17 miles were completed today.

We’re still seeing ‘days old’ ducklings and passed a moorhen’s nest with five unhatched eggs plus two chicks fighting Mum for space.

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