Tucked up for the winter

For the last couple of weeks we’ve been mooching around on the Trent & Mersey between Stone and Stoke, waiting until this week to go into Aston Marina for the winter. Gordon took the opportunity to top up the wood store.

Collecting wood

Not a bad haul

Luckily we’d topped up nicely before the cold weather arrived.

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We had a great trip down Stoke locks as we headed back towards Stone. The weather was chilly but sunny and the canal was definitely looking at its best.

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Stopping off at Barlaston last Friday we managed an early doors drink and a burger at the Plume of Feathers with Diane (nb Ferndale), Paul and Elaine (nb Caxton). 

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We consider it our duty to keep Diane amused while her husband, Ray, is off in Oz. If that means frequent trips to the pub then I guess we’ll just have to grin and bear it.

We’re back in the marina now and have managed to attend our first boaters’ tea party of the season which seems to have morphed into a boaters’ booze party. Many of the usual suspects from last year were in attendance along with a sprinkling of new arrivals.

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While Diane produced a very creditable version of Ray’s brownie recipe the culinary star was undoubtedly Sue from nb Festina Lente who made the most glorious flatbreads stuffed with Stilton & grapes. Just perfect with a small glass or two of sherry.

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