We had arranged to pick up a couple of engine fuel filters from Barry at Black Prince Etruria, as we had used up all our spares, so with a pit stop there, and with Dave wanting to visit The Holy Inadequate (CAMRA Potteries Pub of the Year 2012), we decided to stop the night at Etruria Museum, and managed to squeeze into the one available mooring spot. Whilst we were there, we fired up the computer to see what, if anything, was happening up the Caldon Canal. BLIMEY - we couldn't believe our luck - the Churnett Valley Railway were holding a Steam Festival AND The Black Lion was having a beer festival!!! Now, this was Friday night, and both events started the next day, for 2 days. Also to factor into this was the 6 nations rugby. Well, it just had to be done - or at least tried! So we got up very early on the Saturday and Sunday, stopping to watch the rugby on Saturday afternoon, and arrived at Consall Forge at 2pm on Sunday afternoon. We didn't have a tv picture anyway to watch the rugby Sunday even if we wanted to. We made it! It was fantastic! I know the blog is a bit out of sync, but I got some great pictures, and can't contain them any longer......
It's behind you!
Double head of steam
The Black Lion
Nemo did venture out in daylight, just the once, but the noise of the trains sent him scarpering back inside and under the bed as another train arrived, this time, backwards.
Di and I also did a quick shopping trip into Morrisons - which was very useful. Thanks both for the company, and hope to see you soon.