Monday, 7 September 2009

Penkridge, Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

I wouldn't have liked to have been on the boat when it hit this lock gate. The dent in the walkway was at least 4" deep!

We set off around 0730 and had a lovely run up to Gailey. Saw a Kingfisher (only the 2nd this year I think). Went past Bendigedig at Gailey and managed to slip into the open lock as another boat was finishing off at the water point.

Penkridge was quiet, never seen so many vacant visitor moorings. So we stopped to get some supplies and have lunch. Lots of shops have gone since we last visited - including the lovely craft shop. Boo hoo! But the Co-op was still going strong and the lovely little vegetable and fruit shop on the main road and the bread and cake shop opposite.

We couldn't get any telly on the mooring, so decided to move on a bit and stopped by Bridge 88. It is a bit close to the motorway, but it's not too obtrusive.

It has been a lovely warm day, and the Met Office is threatening more this week. Can't wait!

This card is for Ponytail Pete's 82 year old brother. The backing paper are maps of France and Spain taken from an old atlas. I cut off about 2" from the right hand side of the front of the card (I'd needed it for another card and it was the right colour!!) The maps were then mounted on onto silver card. One was fixed to the front and the second was butted up to the edge of the back of the card.

It is not very clear in the picture, but the motorbike is an old one and it is decoupaged. I stuck it down so that the front wheel rests on the bottom of the card, but it also sticks out to the right over the edge of the front of the card.

The sentiment topper was added to the top and a Happy Birthday peel-off was stuck underneath.

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