Labouring at Lapworth

As we chugged along after leaving our mooring at 07:50 we realised what a good spot we had chosen for our overnight stop.  After bridge 15 the moorings became a lot more undesirable.  Around Lady Lane Wharf we found row upon row of terraced permies and this more or less continued through Warings Green.  There were a few spots with detached permies scattered here and there but it was not until we passed bridge 21 that we found other potential places that we would have chosen.

We started down the Lapworth Flight at 10:07 and were moored up in prime position for the Boot Inn at 12:16 so we had taken approximately 14 minutes per lock on this flight.  We thought that this was pretty good given that several of the gates were far harder than any we met at Tardebigge.  The boat following us said he would rather tackle Tardebigge any day rather than Lapworth!

After a snack lunch we walked back to bridge 31 and on to Packwood House.  We had a great afternoon there in an NT property that was really unusual having been remodelled to represent a Tudor House.

Packwood House
The Topiary Garden
One of the rooms showing a few of the many tapestries collected by Graham Baron Ash

On our walk we spotted a small plaque explaining the cotton reel (more like a bobbin) on the top of the bridge (bridge 32 lock 7).

Ah hah!

We also spotted a lovely water plant which we had seen in one or two of the earlier side ponds on the flight but had never seen anywhere else.  We later learned that this is Butomus Umbellatus, or Flowering Rush.

Flowering Rush

We returned to The Boot Inn for dinner which was excellent but we won’t be able to afford any more food this holiday.

As we walked back to Oliver there was a very short and not too heavy shower.