We left Alrewas early at 8pm, although three boats had already passed up through the lock ahead of us. As we approached Fradley we were looking out for our friends boat Huff n Puff which we spotted but with no-one aboard. however when we got to the lock landing there was Jan taking Bernie for his walk. So, we stopped for half and hour exchanging stories. We moored up further on to take a well earned a break in the cafe there. As we were waking along we spotted this plaque on a BW workboat moored there. I wonder whereabouts in Gloucester it was built in 1986?
This lovely old van was on show in the BW yard near the cafe.
While waiting for our toasted tea cakes to arrive outside the cafe, we bumped into our old friend Charles and little Foxy. They were making a few bob for their engine refurbishment by collecting old batteries from the canal banks to sell, well done them! Of course Foxy was full of beans and was in need of lots of stroking.
There is a small shop next to the Swan at Fradley where we purchased our most expensive bottle of milk to date for £1.30p. After recharging our batteries, onwards we went to moor opposite this derelict old mill at Rugeley. A very good and enjoyable cruise.