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Les attitudes et les behaviours Anglaise #narrowboat #boating #England The name ends in "wich" so you know that it's one of the Cheshire salt mine towns. Famous - or notorious - for having just about the highest concentration of "Listed Buildings" in England, or thereabouts. Every third building is either Roman or Tudor or Georgian.
The Café at Moorhen's End I had Jeanie McIntosh with me again this afternoon. A fortnight ago she complained because I posted a photograph of the back of her head. So today I took another one. No doubt she'll complain about this one too, but I still consider back-of-the-head photographs not to be portraits.
Toilet Pipe, more jobs, a Twanged gongoozler and final anniversary. Ergo, simple solution to bring the boat closer to home and do it from there. It seems to be working - I'm on day 3 of operation "re-take nature"… there are a lot of days more needed lol. DURING my journey, I got to a lock that had been closed for a couple of days for a police incident.
Quick Before We Run Out Of Water! 23rd January Bumble Hole to Wolverhampton Tunnel. A quick reverse and wind and we were heading in the right direction again, back towards Netherton Tunnel. Two flashes of blue caught my eye, one Kingfisher stopping on the tunnel railings to wish us well. It hung around until we were almost level with it.
Warning: Avoid Valentine's Holiday Clichés Avoid Honeymoon Hotspots. Avoid crowded hotels this year and enjoy the solitude of your own boat on the quiet East Anglian waterways. Our Rural Fox narrowboat is perfect for a couple, and the price includes VAT, diesel, gas, car parking, towels and bedlinen.
Disappointment at Arthurs Pass To Tom and Marilyn, Yes yes we know you are both right but we lived in hopes that our luck would have changed. Tom, we have already left the area so Milford Sound it is then but we were sure two Kea's flew past us at Franz Josef. Oh and Marilyn you can only follow in our footsteps if you do the adventurous stuff as well!!!
A boater to remember and talk about Les Biggs I don't have a faith I believe when you die you are kept alive by others thinking and talking about you, as those people themselves pass on then your name gets spoken less and you gently rest in peace.
Navigation Interruptions In Grand Canal In Tullamore For Fate Replacement Works Water levels will be reduced and navigation will be closed in order to facilitate lock gate replacement works at Lock No 24 from Monday 27 January to Tuesday 17 March. The news follows the previous announcement of reduced water levels in the Sallins area on the canal's Naas Line to facilitate gate replacements works on Lock N1.
Vampires and Elephants. 22nd January Bumble Hole to Hawne Basin to Bumble Hole. The temperature had risen overnight and despite it being a touch foggy this morning there was no ice on the stretch we were moored. Waiting an extra day had saved some of our blacking.
PPE 21st January Dudley Port Basin to Bumble Hole, Dudley No 2, BCN. Our mooring had been a great improvement from last night, so much quieter. With the temperature that little bit higher we hoped for little ice on todays cruise. We pushed off and winded, making note of house numbers should we return and want a supermarket delivery.
Celebrate Mother's Day with a relaxing day afloat Canal boat, narrowboat and barge holidays, boating on the canals and rivers of the UK.
Wine Rationing. 20th January High Bridge to Tiverdale Quays. So much for 8.30! The music started at 7.45am, just as loud as it had been all yesterday afternoon. It's a shame we weren't in a residential area. At least it meant we didn't lounge around in bed for too long. Over breakfast we got distracted.
Back up the locks. The travels of NB SEYELLA on the canals and rivers of England and Wales With the temperature dipping to - 3Â° last night it was no surprise to see ice on the water when we got up this morning. A rather more extensive coverage than yesterday though, and up to a Â¼ inch in places.
Detox and Diet So we are back on Derwent6 warm and snug for now. We have decided to stay in the marina as the doctors appointment Del had just after new year has had to be moved to a week later. Its not a bad thing with all the mud out there, and Del still has some work to do on the engine again.
Is this the longest wait EVER We both lost it then and told her in no uncertain terms to get the F**k of her backside and get us a pickup truck NOW. It eventually came at 20.30, exactly eleven hours after the first call had been placed! A small flying insect caught my attention for all of 3 minutes!
'Danny' showcase moves to boat lift A NEW location for the North West Canal Restoration Showcase has been announced. It will move to the Anderton Boat Lift, with the 1903 built steamship the "Danny" remaining as the centrepiece. The successful waterway restoration showcase was last held in its present form in September at Liverpool's Albert Dock complex.
Scotland celebrates its coasts and waterways SCOTLAND'S Year of Coasts and Waters - a celebration of the coasts, rivers and inland waterways, on and off the water - takes place in 2020. RYA Scotland's plans for the year include 'Route N Aboot' which will run throughout 2020 and encourage people to get on to the water in any boat of their choice and record their miles.
Realise your resolution with Wey and Arun IF YOUR new year's resolution is to get fitter, take up a new challenge, meet new people or just give something back to your community, the Wey and Arun Canal Trust has the answer. The trust is holding a series of taster days in 2020, offering more information for those looking to join its band of volunteers.
New approach to Canal Camps 2020 THE Inland Waterways Association's Waterway Recovery Group has launched its new 2020 Canal Camp programme - with a change to previous years. It features 20 Canal Camps and a number of weekends across England and Wales, but at fewer sites with more weeks at each.
Waverley moves to Greenock for new boiler fitting PS Waverley left her berth at Glasgow Science Centre on Tuesday 14 January, towed by Clyde Marine tugs, Battler and Biter, to make a four-hour journey to Dales Marine Services at Greenock where her new boilers are being fitted.
Time To Explore. 19th January Cast Iron Roving Bridge to High Bridge, Old Main Line, BCN. Our mooring in the city centre hadn't been too noisy, just the comings and goings from the Arena and the Sunday morning runners pounding past. But we've been here long enough, time to move on and do some exploring.
Mirror film, wet paint the 'empty chair', porthole fly nets and surprise visits… It's very effective at producing privacy - less so at letting light in…. Still, it was only cheap so having 'practiced' on the first round I will replace it with a lesser tint in due course.
Narrowboat Chalkhill Blue 2 Blog about life as liveaboards constantly cruising the rivers and canals on narrow boat Chalkhill Blue includes building our new boat.
Back to a full crew. The travels of NB SEYELLA on the canals and rivers of England and Wales Mags' procedure went well on Thursday, almost according to plan in fact. She wants to thank everyone for the good wishes and supportive comments. She was still in recovery when I arrived for afternoon visiting, but was back in the ward shortly after.
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