David brought his friend Mort to see us and we had a good old chinwag on their memories of their working lives and history of the locality. We then left our mooring by High Orchard Bridge on a warm calm morning, ideal for cruising.
Joseph Griggs and Co Ltd, Sawing, Planing and Moulding Mills are all that remains of a once busy area of timber importers. Timber was needed for the Gloucester Railway Wagon Works and the manufacturing of Moorlands Matches.
Footnote, by bottle.
Cue X-files music.
After mooring yesterday, wozie was busying herself so I decided to go for a short stroll just to exercise the legs and get some air. I wandered along the towpath past Saul junction, the Cotswold Canal Trust Heritage Centre and on to Sandfield bridge, did a bit of gongoozling as boats passed through the bridge.
Whilst standing there I turned and on the other side of the road stood an ex work colleague that I had not seen for many years.
We met and greeted and during our conversation he said that he had not been to Saul in a long time. On his arrival for some reason we had come to mind.
It must have been fate, coincidence or was there an unknown force at work . He came onboard and stayed for a few hours and believe it or not work was never mentioned.
He has had a companion for the last three years that also came onboard, Buddy an ex ‘working’ Whippet