A fine rural village steeped in canal history.
The Shroppie Fly pub is the accepted centre of canal social life. It used to be a warehouse until 1974 when it was converted to a pub. There is the Bridge pub but latterly this has gone downhill and we have never visited it.
We stayed in the village from Saturday afternoon to Tuesday morning as we had friends calling and the music night on Monday at the Fly to attend.
A bonus was a firework display on the Saturday night following a marching band concert in the local park. At £15.00 per head we felt it was not worth going but we heard them anyway from the canal, and got a better view of the fireworks as they were set of from a field next to the canal.
As the weather was reasonable Brian got the chance to use the hammock. The only thing missing from it is the view over the St Kitts golf course to the Atlantic Ocean. Still we do have some Caribbean rum if we need it.
On Sunday we had a visit from our old bike club Rainy City Harley Davidson, who had arranged their weekly ride out to come and see us. It was great to see our friends and their bikes once again. I demo’d starting the Kelvin engine three times to the bikers who were impressed by the complexity of the procedure. If Harley had made boat engines that ours would be a contender.
For more info on Rainy City go to http://www.rainycityhdc.com/
On Monday the weekly folk music night meets in the Shroppie Fly. We have been before and although Brian doesn’t play deeply traditional English folk music we were accepted as usual. The performer’s instruments were a varied collection of old English types some of which we had never seen before.
On Tuesday we left Audlem to climb the 15 locks on our journey south down the Shropshire Union canal.