Joules StoneNo idea what we were up to when we started out, but Stone to Barlaston used to be an emoored at Barlastonpic journey and really isn’t so far at all. Perhaps it was because travelling beyond Stone was heading into the unknown.

Barlaston turned into a couple of days as the Wedgewood estate and Trentham Gardens are top Meaford Locksnarrowboat entertainment. Trentham Gardens effectively got closer to the canal as we found a footpath across the golf course, it took a bit of ball swerving but did the job.

Meaford locks were busy. Arriving at the top of Stone a guy hung about, glasses on, glasses off, intentMeaford Locksly inspecting the paddle gear.

‘Are you the lock keeper?’

‘No, they don’t really have individual lock keepers anymore.towpath tunnel Stone

‘Well, what does this mechanism do?’

He stood waitinggoodbye tiller handle for an answer, so I explained the difference between gate and ground paddles, after which he frowned at me disapprovinly,

‘You need to get some oil and squirt it down there, dreadful state you’ve let these get in.’

And off he went, tutting all the way over the bridge.Stone

What with him and the normal looking dog walker yelling all she wanted was ‘A quiet walk!’ we began to wonder what’s going down in Stone. Sue and Kev, are you out there? Are you okay?!

This afternoon was used for picking up some shopping then cutting off the tiller after it fell victim to a bit of a bad glue job. Taking a hacksaw to it felt so wrong and lobbing it in the Morso afterwards even more so, but there’s no sentimental space for clutter like old tiller handles in 60ft living…no matter how many miles you’ve clung to it for.



8 Comments on “Stone”

  1. Sue n Kev says:

    We’re still here!! Perhaps we are just used to the locals now!! Perhaps we are locals now?? X

  2. Chris Trotman (Black Swan) - last met at Bath Deep Lock. says:

    Emma, I don’t understand the tiller handle issue. There shouldn’t be any glue involved. You just stick the handle into the arm and leave it in a bucket of water, handle swells and it is fixed. What happened?

    • Emma says:

      Hello there, wow Bath Deep Lock seems a long time ago – hope you are well. The old handle kept coming out so we glued it, which didn’t really work too well! The new one is in and fixed without any need for glue.

  3. Debbie says:

    Hiya, has the old handle gone up in flames yet? If you do still have it James does wood turning and can make it into a pen for you. We came through Harecastle today, it was certainly a lot busier than you had a couple of days ago. Xx

    • Emma says:

      Hi Debs! What a shame we’re such cold wimps – the handle flamed two fires ago! That would have been a lovely idea. You’re not far behind us… I have some jam qns for James if we meet!! x

      • Debbie says:

        Shame about the handle 😦 We are heading for Stone on Wednesday, meeting James cousin who is staying with us for a couple of days, then onto Tixall Wide, Thursday near Fradley and Friday in Tamworth, where we will be staying for a good few days, need to get our inverter sorted and there is a place there that can hopefully do it. We may have already missed you, but which way are you heading? xx

      • Emma says:

        We’re going the exact same way, just a couple of days ahead – but if the sun shines enough we’ll stop as we have a bit of boat work to do. Hope you get the inverter sorted.
        P.s. Come to London for the winter pls… we want some nice neighbours!! X

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