On Friday October 3rd we only had two locks to operate, one at Gailey and one at our destination, Compton so we had a relatively easy day. Our plan was to meet up at the weekend with our friends the Kinnings who live near Wolverhampton.

Gailey Round House

We don’t often pass along the Penkridge to Autherley section of the Staffs & Worcester Canal and I had forgotten how rural and pleasant it is.

Hatherton Junction Calf Heath

Pendeford Narrows - no oncoming boats - luckily

Autherley Junction

We moored up for lunch just past Autherley Junction in sunshine. Our quiet lunch was somewhat interrupted by a scooter with a boy and girl on board (of course not wearing crash helmets) riding along the towpath at high speed. We have seen mini scooters on towpaths before but this scooter was dangerous, particularly since a school party on a “fun run” passed by some minutes earlier. I tried photographing the bikers – but to no avail.

Scooter on the towpath - no licence plate

We saw another kingfisher near Tettenhall and yet another at Compton as we moored up. The next boat, Pensax was running its Gardner engine. I had a very interesting chat to its owner, Don Grey, whose background in boating was long and varied. It included owning a Bollinder and converting a BCN working boat. His details on how to reverse a Bollinder were particularly fascinating. I also liked his story of going from Wigan to Leeds on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal over a weekend!
Although at lunchtime I had good internet coverage, again on Friday evening, I couldn’t make a post – hey ho.
Fig tree in allotments, Compton

The 48 hr moorings at Compton are very handy for local shops. In the evening we took the opportunity to stock up on groceries and had some fish & chips from the local chippie. The queue was long and their portions very generous.