I took a long walk this morning all the way to Woodend Lock. Woodend is a very picturesque Lock on the Trent and Mersey canal not too far from Fradeley Junction. You may have heard of it, even if you haven’t been there. It is the place where some very clever design/architect/idiot planned to take the HS2 over the canal at ‘1’ yes one metre above the water. That has fortunately been addressed now. I thought there was a law that prevented any development from blocking or destroying any old canal routes. Maybe I was wrong.
Arriving back at the junction I sat a while talking to Rick (he of the Swan pub). I mentioned that I would be staying today because it was my birthday and I was planning on lunch at his establishment.
I went home to wash my hands change my coat and duly arrived in the pub just after one. I ordered my lunch and a pint of Murphy’s. The girl said the pint was on the house. This was most appreciated. As I finished my lunch the singing started. “Happy Birthday to you ……..” and out came a slice of cream sponge cake with a candle in. I just love these people up here. I might not go back home again.
Later in the evening Nev Wells arrived with his new boat. He took me into the pub and bought me a couple of pints. So you people in Oxford … I don’t know you any more … bye.