Waking Up In A White World

After rolling up the galley blinds, the outside world looked lovely this morning. A heavy frost lay over the ground, over trees and hedgerows. It was ‘picture beautiful’. By the time I’d got myself decent to take a picture, the sun had appeared, and the frost all but disappeared.

It was a perfect day for cruising, It was cold, but being dressed to keep the cold out made travelling a pleasure.

We passed Shugborough Hall. The Shugborough estate was owned by the Bishops of Lichfield until the Dissolution of the Monasteries around 1540.

The Hall was until recently ‘a council house’, housing Staffordshire County Council.

Following the death of the 4th Earl of Lichfield in 1960, the estate was allocated to the National Trust in lieu of death duties, and then immediately leased to Staffordshire County Council. Management of the estate was returned to the National Trust in 2016. More information….

The Hall is open to the public and comprises the hall, museum, kitchen garden and a model farm.

We had one lock to pass through today, Haywood Lock (#22) and we were pleased to see the lock has had new runners replaced along the top gates, with the wooden runners being longer, allowing someone with shorter legs like me, the ability to get to the other side of the lock. There’s no bridge to access the other side. We used to call this lock ‘devil lock’ when I did the locks because I hadn’t learnt to steer Cyan.

Today we travelled around 2 miles, and through one lock.

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