Wednesday 2nd to Monday 7th July, 2014 at Kingsbury
On Wednesday morning, we cruised the short distance to Fazeley Junction where the Coventry Canal branches off the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal. Last year we went down the Coventry to Braunston, this year we are going via the Birmingham & Fazeley into the middle of Birmingham where we will pick up the Grand Union down towards Stratford-upon-Avon.
On Monday, we left home early to catch the train back to Tamworth where we took a taxi for the last leg back to the marina. "Where to?" asked the driver. We looked at each other blankly - oh dear, neither of us could remember the name of the marina where we'd left MM!!! Senior moments, or what! Much scratching of heads ensued until eventually, M suddenly remembered: "Fazeley Mill", she said. The taxi driver was vastly amused and we had a good chat with him all the way there.
As ever, it was lovely to be back on board. R settled the bill and we set off down the Birmingham & Fazeley towards Birmingham on a sunny afternoon.
We travelled the two miles to Curdworth Bottom Lock, which is very attractive, flanked by pretty cottages. A resident of one came out from his garden to help M with the heavy bottom gate of the lock.
We went through the lock intending to moor just above it on the straight section leading to the next lock."Bollards!" said M suddenly. Sure enough, there were a set of bollards and we moored up on them next to a sign marking the entrance to Kingsbury Water Park.
We went for a nice walk through the park, although we got a bit lost and ended up on roads rather than paths.
When we got back, we broke an unwritten rule of the boat: "Always to eat at a nicely laid table and never, ever, off our laps." Tonight was the exception as we sat and watched the summary program of the Tour de France third day from Cambridge to London. At least we had our proper lap-trays - the first time that they have been used in three years!
Since Wednesday: 5 miles, 1 lock and 2.8 hours.
Trip: 36 miles, 9 locks and 21.1 hours.