A number of days later we turned right on the Shropshire Union. This canal is quite different to most in that it does not follow the contours. It digs deep into cuttings then high on embankments. Much of it through open countryside and small villages. It managed to stay level for 8 miles where one lock dropped 7 feet. We had already got a Tesco delivery and eventually found Sue n Vic near Gnosall Heath and stopped. Rugby and the Oxford Canal now a very long way back where we last saw S & V 5 weeks ago. Yes we have been separated for that long!
Vic had got the kettle on and we all had a cup of tea together again. Sue and Ann then went off on a walk with all 4 dogs which included the two belonging to Wendy. They got back just in time before the heavens opened again with more heavy rain. Now feeling cosy inside the boat fully stocked with food and looking forward to a few days in one place for a change.
One boat went by and the owners called out that they read the blog. Then Bendigedig with Elsie and Eric stopped for a chat. We had been looking at their blog and realised that they were not far away. We all enjoyed a long chat on board No Problem over a cup of tea once again made by Vic. We had often wondered how to pronounce Bendigedig. Elsie said it like this - Bendi gedig, in a lovely soft welsh voice. It means well being. There is usually a story behind many boat names.