Tackling the Tidal Trent on a Windy Day

Having arrived at Fiskerton on Friday night and found the moorings completely empty, we happily claimed a mooring spot. We’d not been up here since we brought Harebell back in August, but it was just as lovely and peaceful as we’d remembered. The weather this morning was not co operating and the sky was overcast,… Read more »

Happy and Healthy at Hatherton Marina.

Today, the morning dawned cold & frosty but fantastically sunny. As has been the case quite a lot over the last few sunny days, my mind turned to boating; I miss my boat- I’m keen to get going, to one day enjoy the relaxation of moving at 4 mph and the next to set ourselves a challenge… Read more »

  • Thoughts of Distance as End of Holiday Looms!

    Mindful of the amount of boats moored in Stone, with a lot of them facing our direction, we felt that we needed and early-ish start or we’d be queuing at locks. Despite our best intentions, a boat did come past us but when we caught up with them at the next lock, not only were… Read more »

  • Off The Caldon and the Start of a New Trip

    Not doing things by halves has become something of a fact of boating. We were heading back home, via the Birmingham & Fazeley and the Wolverhampton 21. We wanted to be off the Caldon before the junction got clogged up with boats for the festival, so we set off in good time this morning. The… Read more »

  • Homeward Bound – Sort Of!!!

      Waking up in Froghall Basin was a laid back and peaceful experience. The toilet block was nearby, so I was quite happy to pad off in my slippers & pyjamas! We knew we really needed to leave today, but were in no massive hurry, so completed all the “boatkeeping” chores; rubbish, toilet, clearing up… Read more »

  • Onwards to Froghall- Slowly!!

    It didn’t take us long to get back to Hazelhurst junction his morning. We stopped just short for the bridge and had some bacon sarnies, then it was time to make the slow progress through the 3 locks. As what would become the “norm” today, we were following a boat down and it all takes… Read more »

  • Travels up the Caldon and Leek Branch.

    The morning dawned and with it big fat raindrops. As a result, none of us were that keen to get out of bed, so a leisurely Sunday morning was had by all. As we were right below the staircase, we did not have far to go until the first lock!! A drizzly passage through the… Read more »

  • I Keep on Thinking it’s Sunday.

    As the Pain au Chocolate had been eaten yesterday, there was little point in staying in bed too long….coffee was drunk, bed put away a nd the boys were on the move by 8.30. A short time later and one graceful sweep of the tiller saw us onto the Trent and  Mersey at Great Heywood…. Read more »