Friday, May 25, 2018

19 miles to Swarkestone

It was a cloudy start to the day and Al had taken the first of the new tablets.. She felt a little better after half an hour so we decided to go for it.. At 7.30am Del put Derwent6 through Alrewas Lock and then we hit the little river section. It was nice to have the feeling again of being on the river.
Al managed to get out and it was good for her to get some air.. She feels like you have travel sickness and it was nice to get the wind in her face just like you do when you open the window on the car when you feel rough!
We managed to pick up an old towel on the prop as we came off the river, and then went alongside the noise of the A38. We passed Barton Turns marina and managed to dump our rubbish.
We got to Branston (where the pickle comes from) with the plan to moor up by the lakes, but the sun was coming out again and it was very pleasant cruising.
We pushed on through Burton upon Trent which was very nice as we passed the brewery's and gardens.

It did help that the grass had been cut, so we had this combination of the lovely smell of the hops from the brewery with cut grass in the sunshine..
Al was feeling a lot better as we got to Willington, and we planned to stop here, but we could only get moored close to the pub, not a good idea on a bank holiday weekend.
 We passed the power station and Al was now able to help with the tiller and locks.
We had a lock keeper at Stanson Lock which was handy as it was 12' 4" deep and he did everything for us.
This is the first double lock we had done since we had gone through Braunston.
We wanted to find a spot where we could keep out of the way for the bank holiday traffic and Al could rest when required.

We tried a few places at Swarkestone, but it was just too shallow for us to get right in, but in the end we did manage to find a spot in the middle of nowhere.
So after 19 miles of cruising we were knackered, but it was such a lovely day and well worth it. It is suppose to rain tomorrow so we can sit it out if we need to. Perfect!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Doc's and Chores

Al was still not too clever in the morning and we phoned the doctor's for an appointment.. We managed to get one at 10.00am and we had to fill in the paperwork before we went in. Al was not too good getting there but we managed it.. The Doctor was brilliant, and could see we needed a repeat prescription. He decided to put Al on some stronger tablets Prochlorperazine and these could be taken two or three times a day.
We picked them up at the pharmacy and Del got Al back to Derwent6.
We had something to eat and Al had another tablet and slept.
Del sorted out the chimney which had gone a bit rusty over the winter months and did some household chores.
We are on a 48 hour mooring here in Alrewas so we will be moving tomorrow, not too far we think!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Good Advice!

Al had felt a bit better yesterday so the plan was to get up early and set off at 7.00am. We ended up getting away at 7.15am in the lovely morning mist.
We went past Streethay Marina and then as we were alongside the A38 Al poked her head out to say that she didn't feel too good again and had been sick..

We would have stayed put if this had happened before we left but we now had to find the next doctor's.
We got to Fradley Junction and lucky someone opened the swingbridge for us as they were coming out of our lock, so we were able to turn and go straight in.

Even more of a bonus was that there was a volunteer on duty to help us down, and he gave us advice and directions to where the nearest doctors was, touch! At the next lock there was another volunteer who also gave us advice and told us to remove the chimney as the bridge was low as we exit the lock.
We then had another two locks which Del managed to do. In between these they are building more houses, HS2 is going through, and also they are building Fradley marina. Its a shame as all we could smell was the rape fields across lovely views..

As we got into Alrewas the scene changed and it got even lovelier, pretty gardens, twisting canal, and overhanging trees, blue skies, and a doctors!

We moored up just before Alrewas bottom lock where a boat was leaving as we turned up..
Al made a call to the doctors, but they couldn't get us in today but gave us some advice on taking a sickness tablet.. Al started to feel a bit better again, its so weird this dizziness thing, you never know when its going to attack.
It was so nice, Al felt like going for a walk in the air and just got better as we walked. We popped in the chemist to see if they could extend Al's tablets but they said we needed another prescription from the doctors.
Al had always wanted to go to the Arboretum, and it was a 25 minute walk away, so we went for it..

It is so big now it has an audio walk, a mini train, and a new visitors centre with cafe's and exhibitions.

It is still as moving as the first time Del went eight years ago and well worth a visit.
Al coped very well with a lot of sit downs and a few stops for drinks.
We took a nice slow walk back to Derwent6 and also relaxed with our feet up for a bit..
Al felt ok again and even managed to do the chicken salad in the evening. Doctors tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Al's little test

Well Al was supposed to be going to Kent to meet up with a few friends and family over the weekend, but I'm afraid that never happened. She has been doing her exercises to get over this dizziness she has been having and things are still improving, but very slowly..
So what have we done? Well not a lot really apart from a gallant effort from Al to go up the pub as we are so low on food on Derwent6. She did manage a Sunday Lunch which made her feel a bit better and did her good.
So today we thought we would make a bit of an effort to get Derwent6 sorted out..
Del took the boat to Kings Orchard Marina where we got a pumpout (even though it was only half full).
We filled with diesel (after Del did a diesel test to check for diesel bug) and we filled with water. If you look closely at the bottom of this jar you can see the water collected from the bottom of the fuel tank.
They are so helpful here and we like to use them..
We came out, after Al had forgotten the firelighters which we needed for a BBQ, and had to walk round the marina to pick them up.. Not good for a dizzy women, but a good test..

We then went back to Huddlesford and turned again, mooring up outside the pub as Al had arranged a Tesco's delivery to stock up the cupboards.
We timed it so we had some lunch in the pub (as we had no food) and the Tesco's man turned up at 3.00pm.
Al passed this test with flying colours so we will be on our way tomorrow to catch up on our agenda. We chilled as the evening cooled things down, we have been so lucky with this weather!!

Birthday Day!

Al woke up on her Birthday still not feeling the ticket but she was determined to enjoy the day. After opening a few presents in bed while Del did breakfast, she tried to get up and make the most of the beautiful day outside. She sat in the cratch and relaxed hoping the tablets would kick in. Del did some brasses as always.
Del had arranged some plans for the day, but things had to change, as it was soon clear that it would be too much.
So the plan was that we would let Al get some more rest and try and go out at 5.00pm for a bite to eat at the Plough Inn which was only a 100 metres from Derwent6.
Al had got a couple of hours sleep and then she got ready to go out. We took a slow walk to the pub and when she was sitting down felt alright..
We had a lovely meal and Al started on lime and soda's. She has never had an adult birthday without having a good drink and she decided to try a large rose wine.
This worked and she felt a lot better, so we paid up and made the decision to try and make Lichfield, so Del ordered a taxi.
Things were ok on the journey and we were dropped right outside the Garrick Theatre where Del had brought tickets for the performance of "Half a Sixpence"
We really enjoyed it as it was a small production and we felt a real part of the show...
We got straight back in a cab and took the small walk back to Derwent6, lets see how she feels in the morning.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Relaxing Cruise to Huddlesford

We set off at 9.00am from Tamhorn park farm and headed towards Hademore..
We first hit a hazarded where a CaRT boat was moored in the middle of the canal but we still had plenty of room to get by..
This is a very pretty section with its quaint bridges and over hanging trees..
At Hademore you can always see the lines of Polly tunnels in the fields.
We then reached the lovely village of Whittington and went past the rows of well kept gardens, It's all very relaxing.
We then got Huddlesford, one of our favourite moorings and we were lucky enough to get a good spot just far enough away from the pub and the railway..
Tooty was off in a flash thinking "I know it here" and rushed to the coolness of the bushes.
Al was feeling a tad better after starting her course of tablets. She still can't take a shower on her own, feels woozy and can't look down because she still feels giddy and starts to fall. The tablets are also making her feel a bit drowsy. We might just have to rest up for a few days.


Needing the Doctor's

Al was still feeling rough and the doctor's was in order.. We phoned Polesworth surgery when they opened and we managed to get an appointment at 9.40am. We were told we needed to be there for 9.30am as we had to fill out a few forms first as we were temporary patients.
Derwent6 was a couple of miles away so we unhooked the chains and set off.
It was a beautiful day, and it made cruising very easy twisting and turning through the trees as the sun rays passed through them.

We arrived in Polesworth at 9.00am and shut down Derwent6 and walked to the health centre. It was easy to find and well signposted, and as we walked in the door we were shocked to find it empty. We filled out the forms and had to put "Derwent6 on the Coventry canal in Polesworth", as our address, don't know why?
Del still had to support Al getting to the surgery as she still felt very giddy and was zig-zagging all over the place! The doctor (who was very nice) told us what we thought, and it was a inner ear viral infection and gave us a prescription which we could pick up at the reception in the centre. How good was all that!
Del walked Al back to Derwent6 and we decided to move off to find a better spot.

We took it nice and steady in the sunshine making our way past Alvecote marina and then through Tamworth.

We ended up stopping at Bridge 73 for a small shop, beers of course!
Then we got to Glascote Locks where we first filled with water. Another boat came up so they were in our favour which made it easy for Del going down.

We quite liked this plaque on the fence with a poem on it.

We then headed towards the viaduct.
And then onto Fazeley Junction.

It was still a bit shallow as we went up to Hopwas, but it was still very pretty.
Al was chilling out and sitting still on the bow, hoping her new tablets would start working, with the help of Tooty guiding the way..
The canal then winds its way through Hopwas woods.
and we then found a nice mooring.
Tooty was the first off, investigating his new territory.