THURSDAY 10TH TO MONDAY 14TH MAY 2012
We both boarded the bus to Lichfield on Thursday to attend to some financial matters before a big shop at Aldi and a bus back. We had decided that on Friday we would move on, but as the weather was mixed we walked up to the isolated old Church at Wychnor and on the way back to SKYY we indulged ourselves in ice-creams from the Rainbow gift shop. Best ice-cream since our last visit to Alrewas in the autumn. To be highly recommended.
Saturday morning: and we eventually moved, on leaving Alrewas via a lock and one of the tiny brick bridges that are the norm on this part of the Trent and Mersey Canal. We weren’t going far, but had booked into Barton Marina for a few nights, which was only an hour or so away, we needed water and other services and Janet and Peter from Parsons Passage had suggested this was a good place to stay.
The marina has existed for some years, but The attractive Waterfront development was only completed in 2007. We tied up alongside the promenade that fronted the restaurants and shops, before visiting the marina office and being assigned our visitor pontoon. In front of a substantial number of spectators I turned SKYY around and backed onto our pontoon fortunately without making a hash of it.
The village of Barton under Needwood is a short walk away and has more than its fair share of very grand old houses, originally built, we were advised, for the owners of the many Burton breweries, and a battlemented church sits neatly in the centre of the village. Despite our guide listing only one pub, it in fact boasts four. There was a blackboard outside the Three Horseshoes, stating that there was going to be live jazz on Sunday night, this would be a first for us, we are always too early or too late for any musical performance, but this time we were determined that we would be there and we weren’t disappointed.
The five lads, comprising ‘Funktional’, were to our surprise, all in their early twenties, they met at Lichfield but are now studying at various universities. Nick Dewhurst - Trumpet / Guitar, Tom Miner – Saxophone, Sam Craig – Keys, Chris Langford – Bass, Matt Sellar – Drums. They were all very accomplished musicians, playing their versions of some old classics and their own compositions; they and the pub crowd thoroughly enjoyed the gig, a great evening!
Monday was another lazy day taking full advantage of the shops and facilities at the marina, but we discovered a small lump above Duggie’s left eye, so we shall be moving on the Burton upon Trent tomorrow to visit a vet.