Autumn has definitely taken hold, with the chilly mornings, leaves falling and the trees transforming their colours.
Having been awake early, the usual cuppa was drunk in bed under a very cosy duvet, before getting up and taking Paddy out for his first walk of the day.
We left the over night mooring and as I walked to Fradley Junction to open the swing bridge, Keith moved the boat. We turned at the junction at 8.50 am, it was extremely quiet. The volunteer lock keepers were getting ready for their day as we headed to the first lock. By the time we had worked through the second lock Shade House, the lock keeper had just made it up to the lock, so he missed helping us.
We then carried on to just around the corner from Bridge No.67 where we have moored for the night. We donned our rucksacks and set off to do a proper food shop at Aldi after some lunch.
Aldi does do some lovely things, which we would not ordinarily buy, so it is worth the trip. We did not need a lot, as we do not seem to eat as much when we are on the move.