And back to today...
Our decision to stay put because of the weather forecast seemed misplaced by half ten when I ventured out with the dogs...things were clearing and there was a bit of sunshine to be seen. By the time I turned to go back to the boat it was teeming with rain again so our decision stood.
Immediately across from our mooring is a field that is bounded by the elevated and noisy M6 motorway. Crossing this field, via Public Footpaths not trespassing, I headed up and over spoil heaps left by coal mining and down on to the Oxford canal.
Wyken Colliery ArmAs I headed back towards Sutton Stop I passed the Wyken Colliery Arm the remains of which are used by Coventry Cruising Club. The Wyken Arm was dug to provide direct access to the canal for three coal pits operating in the area. Like the Black Country, there were pits dotted all about back in the day..
As I tramped back in the rain a spied a boat coming towards me. Like me, Brian had thought the weather had broken and decided to move but no sooner had he got under way than the old wet stuff started again.
A wet Ghost (dog) and well wrapped up Brian head off towards Ansty
The dogs and I continued back to the boat, passing the stop lock it was hammering down. Not many about in this stuff