Saturday 10th June 2017 at Kinver.
While making her second cup of early morning tea, M happened to glance up at a passing boat and immediately recognised it as nb. "Harry", the beautiful "tug" owned by Kevin and Vicky Blick, both of whom are monthly contributors to Canal Boat magazine. Kevin writes an article each month on their travels (they live aboard permenantly) and Vicky does a creative cookery column. Both articles are invariably very interesting and well written. M just had time to rush up on the back deck to exchange greetings (and take a quick photograph) before they disappeared around the corner.
A few hundred yards further down the canal was the pretty lockside cottage "Hyde Lock House", which we very nearly bought when it was for sale in 2014. It looked lovely in the sunshine and M said she couldn't help feeling more than a few pangs of reget that we hadn't bought it.
We walked into Kinver, one of our favourite places on the waterways. It is a charming small town, with real shops (no "chains") including a butcher, baker and greengrocer, as well as a number of tea rooms, all doing a brisk trade.
The tea room that we chose was full of locals and the gossip flowed as freely as the tea.
Trip: 44 miles, 34 locks and 26.1 hours.