Steppin’ Out; World tour 2014 day 2, Burton to Alrewas, nice people.

Hi it’s been a warm and lovely day with a few people restoring my faith in the human race.

P9030614Rudely awakened by the building site, opposite where I moored last night, at 7.30 but hey ho it’s a nice morning. A cup of milky coffee and grapes, yoghurt and honey for breakfast. After which I trot off to Shobnall marina and purchase a couple of the chains with rings on for mooring up. Inquired about boat blacking and he has a slot in November which should suit. Must remember to ring him back tomorrow to book it.

Off up the jolly old cut and Branston lock where a boat was moored on lock moorings but he’d come through and I’m sure he was just getting on board and he went back and opened the gates for me. What a P9030623gentleman. I thanked him profusely. Only about 1/2 mile further along and a father with his two kids were fishing and the young lad about 10 or 12 thanked me for slowing down. Some nice youngsters about but we don’t always notice them like we do the others.

Through Tatenhall lock where I was helped by the guy coming down and then down to the noisy part where the canal runs alongside the A38. It’s quite strange how the wildlife and the plants and trees still seem serene, gentle and soothing even though the noise is loud. You can still hear the birds and the ducks just pay it no mind at all.

Through Barton Turns lock and then on to Wychnor lock which if you look as you approach it you can see the water getting clearer as P9030633this is the last lock before the river Trent which feeds the lowest bit of the Trent and Mersey. I like the bit after the lock as the water is clearer still. Some nice linear private moorings top side of the lock. Then the dangerously exciting bit as we cross the Amazon river. Oh sorry it’s the Trent and actually not a problem at all apart form me having a blond moment as I’m crossing and had a momentary panic attack as I couldn’t see where the exit from the river was. I shouldn’t really be out on my own.

I hadn’t been under way much more than 3 hours and I could feel myself wanting to nod off. Moored up and went up to the lock and started opening one of the paddles to let the water out and never noticed a boat coming down. Good job he shouted. I just wasn’t with it. Obviously I closed the paddle and helped them through. So remember don’t shout at all the numpties as they P9030631might just be having an off day or it might actually be me.

Alrewas is a very picturesque village with some nice and expensive houses overlooking the canal. I found a mooring next to the church and graveyard so should be quiet over night. There are 4 pubs in Alrewas I believe and I’ve sampled the beer in 2. The George and Dragon and the William IV both are nice and friendly pubs. They have a good, proper butcher on the main road through along with a post office and a couple of small supermarket shops. Not a bad little place to stock up if your provisions are low and you’re down to a couple of cream crackers and a sliver of dry cheddar.

That’s it for tonight as I’m tiring now and need to grab a bite to eat and early night.

Take careP9030634


Photos; 1 approaching Tatenhall lock.  2 approach to Alrewas bottom lock.  3 a lovely part of Alrewas.  4 my mooring for the night Steppin’ Out being the one with the hood.  5.  Looking down towards Alrewas bottom lock.

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Our Nige

55 years old. I work in registered care as a care assistant and have my house up for sale and when sold will be buying a narrowboat of some kind to live on. Been a bit of a dream of mine for many years. Don't know for certain if I'll like it but I'm really looking forward to it and think that I will. I have been looking at boats and reading and talking to people over the last 6 to 9 monts and sometimes I feel like I might know what layout I want. I will be on a restricted budget of about 25 to 35k and will be looking for advice and tips to help me make a fair start on the water.

pearley - Thursday,4 September, 2014

Whilst in Alrewas, take the opportunity to visit the National Memorial Arboretum. We’ve been 4 times now and it never fails to move us. Just watch yourself crisis g the A38.


Paul Smith - Thursday,4 September, 2014

I can’t remember you saying where your destination for this cruise is. Do you have one or are you just wandering aimlessly? (Not that there’s anything wrong with aimless wandering!)


deckhand - Thursday,4 September, 2014

HI Our Nige,

So off on your travels. Pictures are great. I hope the weather keeps with you.  How far are you going or is it a case of when you get there, you turn around :))





Our Nige - Friday,5 September, 2014

Hi I don’t really have a plan. In fact I’m not sure I’ve got much of a clue really. However it sure is nice being out and about. I’d half thought about the Caldon and Leek, then I thought about the Coventry and Ashby till I found out there is a festival on the Ashby this weekend and I do love the peace and quiet and that’s what I need at the moment really so heading up the Trent and Mersey so could be the Caldon or might turn left at Great Heywood or just stay on the Trent and Mersey. 

take care



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