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We Are In We are now all in our new home. The move yesterday went as smoothly as the rest of the process did. By 9am our belongings were in the back of a van and driving away. We got the keys at midday and started the unpacking process. By 1pm the van was unloaded and we were starting to reassemble the important furniture.
Back to Oz… our first Kangaroos and Gariwerd We've now set out on another adventure on our wide beam boat Still Rockin' built in Droitwich and launched at Braunston in July 2014 so we continue our cruising… on the rivers and wider ditches around the UK. #BlogBlitz ~ Trust Me by K.
Places available on RCR course RIVER Canal Rescue has three spaces on its boat and engine maintenance course running on 27 and 28 April. Held at RCR's Baswich head office, the course is ideal for owners keen to learn more about basic boat and engine maintenance as they combine the theory with practical demonstrations and participation.
24 Hours Early. 17th April Tilly's escape pod had been put together yesterday in readiness for this morning. She obliged by taking up residence, she so likes it in there. Just a shame that I zipped up the door with her inside and then we took her for a walk. Along the towpath, over the canal and up a very steep hill to the vets.
Back in Oz… London Bridge has fallen down… It's still Thursday, we've left the Shipwreck Coast, are back on the coach and heading for London Bridge… in Peterborough!
We are off! 18th April 2019 Thursday 18th April 2019Droitwich Spa Marina to Netherwich Basin Droitwich Spa1.75 miles, 5 locks, 3 swing bridges No MRI results, but we decided to go for it anyway. We loaded up yesterday and set off in lovely sunshine this morning. It was nicer than this looks!
Shardlow to Nottingham, 11.24 miles 5 locks Hazy start to the morning, but soon cleared. Onto the River Trent. Hadar stretching her legs on the Trent. Entrance to the…
Breath In. 16th April Salterhebble Middle Lock to Lock 1, Rochdale Canal. As we made ready this morning a boat was coming down the middle lock of Salterhebble, I walked with windlass and spike to show our intentions, the gates were left open. On Lillian this was the shortest lock we encountered.
Join Summer Pennine 'roving Rally' Cruise Huddersfield Narrow Canal Boaters are invited to enjoy an exciting cruise across the Pennine hills exploring the Huddersfield Narrow Canal this summer, organised by the Huddersfield Canal Society and Canal and River Trust.
Update on Repairs to Gloucester Lock GLOUCESTER Lock has been closed since mid-January following the discovery of a leak in the bottom of the Grade II Listed structure, that meant it could not be used.
Win a Family Ticket to Middlewich FAB Festival Middlewich FAB Festival is one of the highlights of the canals' social calendar - and we have a Family Ticket for the Friday night concert featuring Toploader to give away. Alternative rock band Toploader formed in 1997 and have achieved two million album sales and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad.
A Year On Yesterday was a year to the day that we picked up Sydney and he became part of our family. Things have changed a lot for the little dog over the past 12 months but he has transformed into a lovely friendly little dog and more importantly he is now a fit and healthy little dog.
Boxing Day Floods. 15th April Crowther Bridge16 to Salterhebble Middle Lock. Today we came through one section of the canal that was badly hit by the flooding on Boxing Day 2015. In front of us as we pushed off, Crowther Bridge looked new with gabions up either side presumably to help reinforce the bridge should there be another bad flood.
Oz electric narrowboat has 2kW of solar panels Narrowboats are usually associated with England and particularly the River Thames, but now Mothership Marine down under in Australia has launched the solar narrowboat 'Shine'. Because of the length of the boat - about 20m / 60ft - it has 10 solar panels with total of up to 2kW of generating capability.
A record maybe? Swarkestone junction entrance to the derelict Derby canal. Clock Warehouse, Shardlow. More warehousing in Shardlo… First Trading weekend Since September - We're slowly finding time to emerge into the 2019 trading season. Though it's still far too chilly to stand around selling on the towpath!
Top 6 Bank Holiday Boating Breaks Float across 'The Stream in the Sky' - from our canal boat hire base at Chirk on the beautiful Llangollen Canal in North Wales, the stunning Pontcysyllte Aqueduct can be reached on a short break.
Rageley Boat Stop to Shardlow, 7.3 miles 3 locks A dull but warmer run today. A crane. Swarkestone junction entrance to the derelict Derby canal. Clock Warehouse, Shardlow…
Tributes Paid On Death Of Royal Canal Campaigner Ian Bath Beginning in the 1970s, Dr Bath led the charge to revive the Royal Canal between Dublin and the River Shannon as a tourism amenity. Through the efforts of Dr Bath and other volunteers in the Royal Canal Amenity Group, 74km of the waterway between Blanchardstown and Mullingar were reopened to navigation by 1990.
Erie Canal itinerary: 12 unique, historic stops to make from Albany to Buffalo The boats are traditional in design and patterned after the narrow boats found in England, have cabins with bathrooms, up to queen size beds, showers, cooking stoves and more. The entire 300-mile route is dotted with interesting things to see, places to visit, interesting restaurants to experience and museums of all kinds to explore.
She Lied. 14th April Kirklees Top Lock to Crowther Bridge 16. The M62 wasn't far away from our mooring and we were soon passing under it as people zoomed by over head. We left a wave for Bridget and Storm who would be crossing later in the day and carried on to Brighouse.
Twirling on the canal Some call it winding, some turning, today I call is a twirl as the weather was so nice ! Part of my justifications for moving my mooring was the prevalence of winding holes close to my mooring.
Day eleven and Twelve of our Electrical Upgrade So it was a waiting game as we wanted Kevin to fit the Alternator which arrived on the Friday. It turned out to be a very good, nearly new reconditioned one. Kevin arrived at about 10.30am after his flight back into the country from a job he had to do aboard.
Chucking a Ueee at Bourne End Friday and we're settled in at Marlow for the weekend and decided to walk to Hurley Lock, there's a cafe there and we'd have a cuppa before returning home… and footbridge which we need to cross as the towpath crosses over here to the other side of the Thames… but, oh dear, the bridge is closed as it is apparently unsafe.
Fradley Visitor Moorings to Ragley Boat Stop, Barrow-on-Trent, 17.3 miles, 11 locks, 7hrs 35mins. Cold, windy and sunny start this morning, but it warmed up as the day progressed. Mini lock-side crane. Passing through Burton…
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