We moved down to Gnosall on Saturday, just a short hop of an hour or so. There was some ice but only thin stuff mainly at the edges, it was still bitterly cold though & we had a hard frost during the night but at least it froze the mud on towpath !
Yesterday we popped into Stafford to do some shopping, walking down the high street I spotted the 3 store & called in as I have been having problems with reception on my phone. I thought it was just a poor signal area but Mark is also on 3 & his was fine. They took my sim out, blew on it, put it back & hey presto good reception, sorted.
A potter round Wilkinson's then across the road to Sainsbury's for a food shop & back on the bus fully laden, a good job the bus stop is right next to the canal!
We'd not been back long & Mark shouted I think that's Sue (No Problem) just going past, which it was but too late for me to stick my head out to say hello.
Rain forecast today but we were itching to move so we got under way at 10am, there was some intermittent drizzle but nothing too heavy & it's noticeably milder We intended to stop at Turners Garage to fill up with Diesel, at 68.9p domestic it's worth topping up & as we pulled up who should be moored opposite but Sue & Vic on No Problem so I did get to say hello & have a bit of a natter, albeit shouting across the canal! Nice to finally meet you Sue :-)
Sue's blog was the first narrow boating blog I found back in 2007 & I found it really helpful as she has all sorts of useful bits of information on there.
We said our goodbyes & plodded on, though the lock, after first blowing the cobwebs off the windlass ! Passing Countrywide hire base we could see a boat coming on & as we got closer it wasn't one boat, it was 3, almost a convoy... & it turned out to be more bloggers, Geoff & Mags on Seyella followed by Carol & George on Rock 'n Roll ( Note: edited after several comments telling me about Rock'n Rolls blog!) with Chas & Anne on Moore 2 life bringing up the rear. Gosh 4 fellow bloggers in 1 day, is it a record ? Unfortunately my camera wasn't handy....
As we tied on the 48hr moorings after bridge 8 the rain started in earnest so good timing I think, we shall probably stay here tomorrow & then Friday may see us back on the Staffs & Worcs, this time turning right at Autherley Junction.