A bit further on it became apparent that Acton Trussell competes in the Best Kept Village competition, and also holds awards for best scarecrow and best hanging basket.
Here are a few more contenders for the championship.
During our return to the boat we met the Canal and River Trust enforcement officer travelling the towpath on his bike. The area he has to cover is vast, including 5 canals and 2 rivers logging boats. Today he was checking from Gailey on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, to Great Haywood on the Trent and Mersey canal. He aims to cover each section once every 14 days, so this would indicate we were probably last logged at Tixall Wide.
The weather has been a bit hit and miss lately. Too warm for the solid fuel stove, but cold enough to need some heating. We have a hurricane diesel heater to run our central heating and this has been working well to take the chill off. It is however more expensive to run in both diesel cost and battery power consumption. The remainder of the day has been spent reading the freeby papers Towpath Talk and Crick Boating Times.