In this week's Five on Friday - to join in with Amy at Love Made My Home - we're going for a wander by the canal. Britain's canal system was the 18th century equivalent of today's motorways. They carried most freight, and often carried people too. Even at four miles an hour (walking pace) it was often faster (and definitely smoother) than travelling by road.
So let's start with some boats.
|Narrow boats in the heart of Birmingham|
|A lock flight at Stourbridge|
|Measham ware pots|
And at the end of the day the boat families were grateful for a pot of tea. Often the bargees owned a magnificent, colourful pot made near the town of Measham in Leicestershire. The decoration often marked an important family event, such as a birth or marriage, and the pots were treasured heirlooms.
So that just leaves the post title. "Gongoozlers" is a canal word for people who stand around watching the boats pass while other people do the work! It's a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
Right. Off you go over to see Amy to find out what other Fives have been posted this week.