Need an elephant ornament?
King’s Bromley to Taft Bridge: 7.1 miles
As yet it’s a sparkling youngster, still to grow into the tidal river that later tips with the Yorkshire River Ouse into the Humber Estuary.
a canal side water feature in a garden, first view of Rugeley Power Station,
a shed fit for a skeleton’s residence,
the Ideal Standard plant at Armitage and its stockpile of toilets,
nb Potteries and its amazing decoration
– and the swimming pool house alongside the canal in Rugeley is still for sale.
strong cross winds, long lines of fishermen (one of whom thanked the Captain for his considerate boating),
a luggage strap trapped on the prop necessitating a stop on Brindley Bank, and for once being an observer rather than a participant in a spectacular tree pruning episode (“But I did it with panache,” said the lady at the helm.)
There are sheep, there are pigs, there are cattle but road traffic is banished and the train line is a safe distance away beyond the farmland.
Cleddau pulled in.
– and bees busy inside flower heads. Some distance ahead the canal was crossed by another bridge – was this Colwich Lock? Apparently not. A traffic roar grew and a path up from the canal led to a fast road, the A51. To the left were brown visitor signs: a trio of “attractions”, right there at the roundabout. There was the Craft and Antique Centre and right inside were two shelves of elephant ornaments
and all manner of salvaged fireplaces and hearths…
The Visitor Centre is quite a walk in from this direction. Paths weave through a wildlife friendly garden and beside a wetland area. A plaque on which is written the words of a poem once learned as a school homework resonated: ‘What is this life…’ The Jewels of Staffordshire proclaims a wall panel:
this Trent Valley canal stretch, Shugborough Hall to come, Tixall Wide, the canal length up to Stone – all are jewels still to come in this north-bound cruise…