The title of this post takes me back to childhood and dad taking me to the barber for a haircut. I would go in the chair first and when dad had his turn the barber on finishing dad`s hair would say"something for the weekend sir?". There then followed a fumbled attempt of the barber to pass a small package to dad without me seeing. Surely dad was not a weekend spy getting his orders, was the barber `M` to my 007 dad.
It was some years later my dreams of dad being a spy were shattered when my reading improved and I discovered, probably in the school playground, what Durex (Trojans Stateside) were for.
OK first up some pictures taken when I walked along the Hatherton branch of the Staffs & Worc. canal.
|The entrance taken from Staffs & Worc.|
|Taken from bridge in previous picture. The towpath is all closed off and the surrounding roads need to be used to follow the route of the canal.|
|The canal ends at the end of a garden. The M6 has been built across the canal. A culvert beneath the motorway(freeway) allows the natural flow of what is a feeder to the canal.|
|Walking below the motorway the canal towpath can now be accessed from a bridge in Oak lane.|
|Remains of a bridge|
|Wonder if this is listed as a stoppage|
The Health and Safety dept. of British Waterways have been busy following the sad death last year of
Another lock along the way had this little shrine. I have cut out the youngsters face in the name of
Look at this, I nip down below the Aqueduct to take a picture of the Aqueduct and someone is up there pointing a camera at me. Stretton Aqueduct over the A5 built by Telford in 1832 and still doing the job 180years later.
Chertsey and Bakewell. Cups of tea with good conversation and before you know hours have passed. Lovely to meet you both.
For the American readers our wonderful government under pressure of Europe have allowed different duty(Taxes) on diesel used for charging batteries and producing hot water and diesel used to propel the boat. The HMRC(our tax people) suggest 60% propulsion and 40% batteries/hot water. They leave it up to the boater to declare his duty for propulsion so what happens at the cash point is for me to know and you to guess. Friends in USA read here about the farcical way they collect taxes.