Douglas Diary Summer Holidays 2018
Yesterday afternoon was pretty hard work as we journeyed down a total of 24 locks over a distance of about three miles towards Salford Junction. We left the relative splendour and buzz of central Birmingham and Gas Street basin with its Conservative Party Conference going at full steam and after a picnic lunch, started our descent of 150 feet through some eerie and gloomy concrete canyons of great box like structures of man sized Lego in varying stages of construction. There were but sparse glimpses of the 200 year old history that was Birmingham’s main commercial navigation hub.
As we reached Salford Junction and turned into the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, we passed serenely by Gravelly Hill interchange (aka Spaghetti Junction), the hurried noise and bustle gave us pause to contemplate that this was yet another example of man’s contribution to the modern world.
It was another two hours before we felt comfortable to moor for the night at Minworth where there were small signs beginning of Nature’s contribution!
We all slept well and I had trouble waking Max and my bearded one for their walk this morning but Max was the first.
After breakfast, we had a pleasant cruise the weather was calm with overcast skies and just a few occasional drops of rain. There were eleven locks to negotiate and so I had lots of walking and by the time we arrived at the last lock there was the Dog and Doublet, a house which beckoned us for welcome lunch time refreshment.
We decided that today we would go no further as we have plenty of time for the rest of our journey. I took Max, Diane and my long haired one for a long walk in the late afternoon and it started to drizzle. We got back in the dark.
Love Douglas x