Arriving at Great Haywood Marina on Wednesday 15th, we topped up the fuel tank with 40 litres of diesel, and booked in for a week’s mooring.
We took the opportunity while we still had the car to do some shopping. Plus the staff in the Marina’s office are very obliging for us to order items to be delivered to their office. Therefore we took the opportunity to do a bit of internet shopping for a new 12v TV, a digital TV antennae, a square satellite dish, and lots of goodies from Sports Direct and M&S.
On the 21st March, our Spanish car was picked up for transportation back to Spain.
It was rather a sad time in some ways, as it was the last ‘umbilical cord’ of us being tethered to the ‘shore’. We’re now completely free, and the first time both of us could remember where we were car less. It’s a huge relief really as it was a worry, and John was becoming more intolerant of those who like to tailgate other road users. We’ll miss the car, though hiring a car, if and when we need it, would probably turn out cheaper.
Boy has it rained all week. We’ve had a deluge of water. Somehow comforted we have a boat!
On 21st March Tesco delivered the biggest order I’ve ever compiled. Surprisingly all managed to be stored away.
Tomorrow we move out of the Marina, fully loaded and organised for worry free cruising.
We ‘killed’ time mooring at Armington Visitors Moorings, we moored right next to a park which was very handy for Rusty. It’s not easy playing ball on the towpath with a big clumsy dog! The ball more often than not gets knocked into the water, resulting in an upset dog that wants to jump into the canal to retrieve it.
While waiting for the locks to open, John had a walk to see how progress of the maintenance was going.
On the day Friday 10th, we moved to the top of the locks where we filled up our cupboards from the CoOp and filled our water tank with water. Just after lunchtime the workmen had finished, and we were allowed to go down the locks.
Polesworth is a lovely village, with the added bonus of having a tasty fish ‘n’ chip shop. With the village having a handy stores, green grocers, butchers etc., it looked a great place to stay.
The day after we arrived, we flagged down Ricky who runs a vintage barge on the canal, selling diesel, coal and gas, for supplies. There’s something not quite natural having a fuel seller come to you, when we normally have to travel to a garage to top up with fuel.
While in Polesworth, John caught a bus back to Trinity Marina to pick up our Spanish car. The next day he ‘leapfrogged’ the car to Great Haywood Marina, where we’d booked a mooring for a week while we organised getting the car back to Spain. We’d managed to sell the car to a local car dealer in Spain, and of course getting the car to them was down to us.
We stayed in Polesworth from 25th February to 3rd March.