We left Aston Marina on Sunday afternoon and went but a short distance south to Burston for the night. The weather was warm and sunny.

Today, Monday, we continued on our slow journey south (otherwise known as pootling) and stopped at our favourite mooring spot at Tixwall Wide. Although it started sunny it poured down as we got to Weston lock (not forecast!) and rained for about an hour.

Mooring at Tixall Wide

Our neighbours lined up to greet us

In the afternoon we visited the Canal Farm Shop and then walked through the village and along the "off side" of the canal through the woods that lie between the canal and the railway. The woods are mature and a mixture of oak, redwood, beech, and alder. Owned by the National Trust, there are a lot of fallen trees, on which we discovered a lot of splendid fungi.
Great Haywood junction from across the fields

Shugborough Estate from across the Trent & Mersey

Tree based fungi at Great Haywood

Tonight it blew up and the water on The Wide was distinctly choppy.

A windy sunset on Tixall Wide