Thursday dawned clear and bright with wall to wall sunshine beating down from a cloudless sky.
Mooring ring in Stourport
We had hardly seen a boat for days and made a solitary descent into the town basin where we refilled with water and paid the obligatory visit to Limekiln Chandlers for various bits and bobs.
As usual, we had an extensive audience as we descended the staircase locks, passing a silent funfair and out onto a placid Severn.
After weeks of frosts and cold it was a delight to cruise down this might waterway, flowing at a sluggish pace on this occasion. All very pleasant and the entrance to the Droitwich Barge Canal came up all to soon, the bottom lock still covered in mud from the winter floods.
Droitwich Junction with River Severn
The Droitwich is a firm favourite and this year it is in sparkling form. The reeds have been trimmed back and at last some moorings have emerged on the lower reaches. This is not a canal to hurry - slow down and enjoy.
Droitwich bridge 1