Thursday 26 June 2014

Cannock Chase and a curry

After a chat with marina Steve, I decided to (a) check out the price of Hammerite for the paint locker (he thought it was pretty expensive stuff) and (b) see whether I could get a metal brush attachment for my drill, to help remove the final gunge before painting. Since that meant a car trip, we decided to combine it with a walk over Cannock Chase. 3 miles in cloudy conditions was very good for the muscles. Hardly anyone else was out, but we found ourselves passing, and dropping in on, the German war cemetery. Over 2000 are there from each of the two world wars who had died "on British territory". We were trying to think how that could have happened in the first war, but didn't stay long enough to find out.

Coming home via B&Q, we found no Hammerite – the assistant explained apologetically that they were about to re-stock it but it wouldn't be on the shelves until tomorrow. They had a couple of metal brush attachments, but at a price designed to send us away again. So all we got in Stafford was the wherewithal for a curry, and very nice it was, though I say it myself.

So still no painting, but I'll see whether I can dodge tomorrow's rain enough to remove the final gunge by hand and start the treatment of the small amount of surface rust in the locker.


  1. Hi Martin and |Margaret, wondered where you'd been! We have also been delayed in our start to the season with my brother in hospital for last 6 weeks. So we missed our trip up to Chester IWA Festival, Manchester ship canal transit and Mersey crossing. He's on the mend now, but we are waiting for respite care for him nearer to his home, before we can head off. We are due to cross the Wash on July 25th, but I'm not sure if we are going to make it, would have to leave Haywood by about 8th or 9th to make it. Maybe we will catch up with you some when. Hope the painting is going ok. Tixall is the place to be!

  2. Nice to hear from you, Mo. Crossing the Wash sounds equal parts exciting and scary. Hope you make it.