February Cruising and a New Passenger for Harebell

Fir the first time in years, the weather and the water levels were in our favour for a half term visit to the boat. This time as well, we had a new boater aboard in the form of Scrappi the dog. None of us were particularly sure about how he’s take to boat life, and… Read more »

Late August is Fine for Me.

We were woken at 5am by the loudest, honkiest horn I have ever heard! Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrhhhhhhhhh… It sounded like the QE2 was on its way! However, it wasn’t and all we could figure out is that it was a lorry from the yard across the way. Still, we don’t have skill for sleeping for nothing so… Read more »

Blackburn Rovers v Imps.

As the weather and our engine woes only took us 2 hrs from the marina yesterday, morning at Medge Hall mooring was a little strange. In no particular hurry  but with a lot to do, we just started the day and took it as it came  The trip back to the marina was swift and… Read more »

Wembley Eve; To a Mouse.

After some of the best and most exciting football we have seen Lincoln City play in this trophy competition, we’re finally on the boat and whiling away the time on Wembley Eve! The highs and lows, the euphoria and my tears when penalties against Chelsea Academy were looming have all led to this moment…. which… Read more »

More New Stuff

3 months after putting a deposit on a new click clack amazin’ sofabed for the boat, we finally made arrangements to collect and fit it. Spurred on by our new space saving cupboard, we’d got greedy for space and wanted a more comfortable sitting/sleeping arrangement to boot. We drove up yesterday, straight to Bradford to… Read more »

Familiar Calder and Hebble

After a rainy night, and a quiet lie in, we had still not decided upon the next direction for us. The heart wanted to go up the Huddersfield Narrow, but in our heads, we knew that we should be heading back. Circumstances had worked against a summit trip this time, so we just decided to… Read more »

Pennine Weather and the Huddersfield Broad.

Being in such close proximity to the Pennines, always means that the weather is subject to rapid change. From last night’s early evening cruise in the sunshine and my ramblings about our efforts to stay cool in the baking sun, we woke to the sort of drizzle that comes and goes as the clouds drift… Read more »

Hebden Bridge to Brighouse

They say that the best laid plans go awry. Last night I realised that we would not have enough time to get to Todmorden, mooch about and then get back to Lemonroyd in time for Thursday. Cue much discussion and wondering. By the time we’d woken this morning, we felt that it was a good… Read more »

We Had Boating in the Sun.

The morning dawned as we’d expected; bright sunshine and rising temperatures. Even though we’d slept with the front doors open, the thermometer inside was nearing 20 degrees and it was only 7.30am!! None of us fancied much breakfast, so it was a few pain au chocolate and a coffee. Mindful of our plans to stop… Read more »

Lincoln City

Lincoln City V Forest Green Rovers

Whoa, We’re Lincoln City!! I woke up singing that this morning! We’d pretty much decided that we were going to get the earlier train into Lincoln. It meant an earlier start, but it was match day! The time of year helped us along the way with early morning sunshine. We were at the station by 7.50 and… Read more »

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  • 21 Miles and 22 Locks

    By our standards these last few trips, we had another early start. We were booked through the Tinsley flight at 8.45/9am and were a good 45 minutes away in the basin. We left at 8am and headed northwards. This time I took a few pictures of the Tyler Wilson boatyard and as we were passing… Read more »

  • Last Day of Our Journey and Harebell’s New Mooring.

    Another sunny day and we pressed on. We were in striking distance of Lemonroyd and were full of discussion about whether to keep going all day and spend the night in our new berth or to stop somewhere on the way and finish the rest of the trip in the morning and head home as… Read more »

  • Keeping on Exploring!

    A new stretch of waterway is always a great reason to get up and get going in the morning, and today was no exception. We had yet more lift bridges to do – they were all different- a big learning curve!! Although interesting and different,it makes for quite slow progress and also all the different… Read more »

  • Tackling the Tidal Trent- Again!

    All geared up for our trip, 6am came around surprisingly quickly. Aware that James and I would be spending at least 5/6 hrs inside the boat with no way to step off, we snuggled in bed for a little longer and let Marcus, at 6.30am sharp, carry on with getting Harebell down to Keadby. We… Read more »

  • In Search of Pastures New

    Once the Witham, the drains and surrounding area had been explored, we decided that it was time to move moorings- We’d had a great time on Lincolnshire’s river but wanted to explore new territory. So began much research and a dash up the A1 to the Leeds area to investigate. Whilst up there, I found… Read more »

  • Searching for the Tunnel & Abandoned Locks.

    Having arrived at the limit of navigation on the Chesterfield yesterday and reversed up to the entrance of the blocked up Norwood Tunnel, we knew that we wanted to explore on foot the section that has been abandoned years ago and is no longer navigable. Pearsons guide mentioned that at the Western end of the… Read more »