Our 8 am start today took us towards our planned mooring spot in the town of Stone. The journey was very quiet with few boats on the entire 3 mile, 7 lock stretch.
A perfectly normal looking bridge (No100) turned out to be……..
…… a lovely cross over bridge, where the towpath changes from one bank to the other and the horse pulling the narrow boat could cross to the other side without detaching the tow rope from the boat.
Another ingenious method of keeping the tow rope attached to horse and boat is by making this lock bridge in two pieces which allows the rope to pass through. Doug’s back in harness and working the locks again after his arm injury!
Running repairs to the lock edge but the canal traffic continues on its way. This is one of the locks at Stone.
We arrived in Stone at about 11:30 and took on water and fuel before finding the one of the few remaining moorings. We had lunch at ‘La Dolce Vita’ the Italian restaurant next to lock 27 as we usually do when we are visiting Stone, great food and service as always, after lunch we went into the town for some shopping.
Now - have you heard the one about the squirrel who walked into the hardware shop? Well this isn’t a joke. James was in the shop in the High Street when a squirrel walked in! The shop staff tried to catch it in a cardboard box (some hope!) but the squirrel won the day. James took a photo of the offending creature and a lady who, with her husband, publishes the monthly “Stone and Eccleshall Gazette” asked James for a copy of the photo to publish in the next issue. So we’ve duly obliged.
He was fast!!!!
Evening is upon us now, the church bells are ringing and this is our mooring here in Stone – very pretty.