Pic below - Albert is waving goodbye - he's one of the three (yes 3) employed to move Tenacious & Temeraire with the owner, the 7 miles & 7 locks back to their base. Albert tends to pop up unexpectedly at locks and start lockwheeling - we've known him for many years round Stourbridge and the BCN, but also at Audlem, Tyreley and bizzarly in Llangollen of all places (no locks there tho).
It was another lovely couple of days for cruising. Up the Stourbridge locks and past the Red House |Glass Cone.
Up and up the Stourbridge and Delph locks
To Merry Hill where we moored for the night
Netherton Hill in the distance, which we'll be skirting round on the way to join the Main Line
Through the waterfront at Merry Hill. There was a boat moored here, can't remember the name, only the owners (as signwritten in big letters) "Norfolk and Chance". Charming! We stopped for a meal at Wetherspoons, we thought cheap and cheerful would be the order of the day after forking out so much on batteries and an inverter - we had 4 drinks and two main meals for less than £20!
Getting closer to Netherton Hill, with the church spires poking through the trees.
Lots of wonderful new sculptures and mile posts on the Dudley Canal...
Still without graffitti
And into the Netherton Tunnel, where there was a workboat moored in the right in the middle of the tunnel. Luckily we did see workmen walking around with torches on their helmets, but the boat wasn't clearly distinguishable. There's light at the end of the tunnel....
And eventually - after 40 minutes and 3058 yards - out the other end
and onto the Main Line, with it's toll islands
Under the M5 and the old line canal
And into Birmingham City Centre, where we'll stay for a few days, giving me time to visit Mum, for what would have been Dad's birthday.