Thursday, 29 January 2015
On Tuesday Chris and I travelled to the home of The Captain and Boatwif from nb Cleddau near Bedford to start planning for this year's cruise. We are aiming to attend the The Worcester Festival from 12th - 14th June which will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. From there we will travel to Sharpness where we will collect a pilot and travel along the Severn to Portishead. Next stop Bristol and then along the Kennet and Avon to London. We might venture down the Wey, but that end of the trip is all very flexible at present.
Wednesday saw us travel to Cow Roast to meet up with Jaq and Les on nb Valerie. George, Carole and Molly from Still Rockin joined us for coffee before we all headed off to the Greyhound Pub at Wigginton for a very long lunch - around 3 hours!! What better way to spend a cold January day - good food and great company. Why the 'Arihead Convention' - we are all proud and very happy owners of Airhead composting toilets - and yes they were discussed!!
Round the table from the left: Jaq, Chris, Jennie, Carole, George, Ken, Sue, Les
We were all invited aboard Still Rockin for a cuppa/glass of wine and what a beauty she is - thank you Carole and George for showing us your lovely home.
Monty and Molly busy devouring a chew - the lady was, of course, the boss!! Well it is her home and she is a few years older than Monty.
Then it was back to the Cleddau crew's home for a very light supper (!!) and discussion on who is to take what for our week near Pembroke together at the beginning of March. No canals, but lots of beach, so we will have a very happy young dog.
As a postscript - Jaq and Les we were delighted to see today that your 'two more sleeps' became 'one' and that you have made your bid for freedom from the marina!
Monday, 13 October 2014
We are afloat again
The weather was foul – the rain was lashing down and the wind was blowing fast and furious, but needs must. We actually just took her out of the dry dock and moored round the corner and went back in the afternoon to move down the lock. 15 minutes was my maximum exposure to the elements and I was soaked to the skin! Chris had sensibly donned his waterproof trousers, so fared better. Monty was left in the car.
And the C&RT boat - well as I write a week later she is still not in dry dock. The Pinder's employee walked round the corner to the office and no one there had the keys and did not want to help haul her round! Can't say I blame them in view of the weather, but had we known we could have stayed dry. The guessing game is how long they will prevaricate!
The pushing was fun and Jamie did well.
However it was felt that he is a little too young to help with 28 locks, so he was carried off by Daddy screaming for ‘Mummy’ and insisting he could help! Next year maybe. That left us with Sarah and George who were a great help. We had wondered if George would get bored and give up before we got to the bottom, but no, he stayed the course. We like the flight and find it quite easy to work. Most of the gates and paddles are in good condition - there is work due over the winter, but not to this beam which is the only one that really looks in need of some serious tlc.
The bottom small gates are all well balanced enough that George is able to open and close them on his own, which means a person each side of the lock which does make life a lot easier and the journey quicker. We were also lucky enough to meet four boats coming up and one of the local C&RT employees came past on his quad bike (he knows us from our litter picking duties) and he opened about 6 top gates for us. Then as we got to lock 30 (the penultimate lock) he was coming back and stopped and opened the bottom lock for us.
The flight is so pretty that I just love it.
The weather was dry and fairly bright – certainly nothing like our very wet journey up in May.
Paul and Jamie came to collect Sarah and George and we decided a drink in the Queens Head was in order. I put Monty in the car and went to join them. As Chris went in Sarah said to him ‘What you like to drink Dad?’. ‘A pint of Guinness’ came the reply (one does not really need to ask him!). The order was placed along with a drink with me. The conversation continued – Sarah ‘Do you have any money Dad as I don’t and Jamie has fallen asleep on Paul and is lying on his wallet!!’ Well it is her birthday today, so I guess she can be forgiven!
Jamie woke up and joined in the fun. A good way to spend a day with the family.
I always consider this sight as a sign we are heading home - the windmill at Avoncroft.
We had a good run down, stopped before the bottom lock to empty all things that need emptying. I moved my car to the lock side, so once we were in the lock the small amount of things we had on board were piled into the car. Our timing was perfect – a boat arrived coming up, so they worked the lock for Chris whilst I drove round to Pinder’s. The boat is there for as long as it takes for a few bits and bobs to be done. It is likely to be over a month as we are not going to be able to move her until the middle of November. It is busy at Pinder's - we are moored three deep.
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
This sign at lock 17 (you start at 21 and work your way up to 1) probably says something about the area, but why it is pasted on the lock beam I have no idea!!
Right next to it is an advert for the Cider House which is more understandable. Mind you with the warning about the sort of customers they get it does not make it very inviting prospect for a quiet night out however much you like cider!!
Graffiti everywhere at Rotton Park Junction is a certain sign that we are near the city centre
We were lucky enough to get the last mooring in Cambrian Wharf by Farmers Bridge Locks – we like it there as the gates are locked at 8pm
But more importantly for us – there is a good area of grass nearby for Monty. It is large enough for a game of ball and even has a few trees that just might house the odd squirrel.
Friday 19th September
It was a very murky day
Then of course there is the Worcester Bar
There is graffiti around in this area, but perhaps mainly discreet with maybe a bit of interest
I am afraid that both Chris and I have a pointless talent!
Where we found the new Library (we need to go back without Monty to have a look inside one day)
The ICC (where the Tories are having their conference) and the Symphony Hall
Which was originally built to commemorate those who lost their lives in WWI
There is a rather magnificent statue of Edward VII
Baskerville House is an imposing building
Our first stop was for water which took for ever – we think it must be a slow tap as we should not have been that empty. There is a house near the water point with a rather unusual curved wall.
George is getting very confident, but note that Mum was not far behind him!!
Our daughter had recorded the programme, so we now know that the couple bought this property in Alvechurch rather than on the Canal du Midi.
This is where we had dropped them off on 25th May – so long and so many miles ago!
We saw our first Mandarin duck of the trip
George had a go on the helm
Inside for tea – sandwiches first
Followed by scones and cake! A very rare treat, but very much enjoyed.
We moved back to the water point on Monday morning where we unloaded and took a couple of loads of 'stuff' home. Then it was back across to the towpath for the night. Tuesday we were back to the water point (always ready to make way if need be, but it is very quiet round here and the only boat that did arrive was small enough to get in ahead of us). One more load made it’s way home and we then winded, went down lock 58 backwards and reversed under B56 to the 14 day moorings where Tentatrice was left until Monday 29th September which was a very still morning
But now it is the lowest we have ever seen it
But does it sell anything?
Also we were told that this appeared on B56 overnight a couple of weeks ago