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 »

  • Sunshine on a Holiday.

    I love mornings in the marina. The whole trip is ahead of us and the possibilities are endless. If we are lucky, the sun is shining too. This morning we were lucky. We set off at about 10am after a Marcus cooked breakfast of bacon, vegetable burgers (don’t ask!!) and baked beans. An uneventful trip… Read more »

  • Learning to Love the Llangollen

    For the first time in over 10 years of boating, I wished I was somewhere else today- or for at least the first part of it!! I woke up at 9.30 and was immediately on the listen out for the wind- Had it died down? Was the cratch cover still in place and were we… Read more »

  • Windy Weather…..

    A gorgeous morning through the locks at Audlem this morning. Well maintained and a beautiful flight- they really are a pleasure to work ….although the boatmen of long ago may not agree with me; those on their way up would have just swapped horses at the bottom and would be pushing on, working hard. We… Read more »

  • Sunshine & Showers on the Shroppie.

    Sunshine and showers seem to be setting the tone here on the Shroppie. Last nights spot at Knighton was perfect and we keen & refreshed towards Tyrley Locks, ready for some “action” after yesterdays long stretch. we were behind the hire boat that was chasing our tail yesterday…..naturally, every lock was going to be against… Read more »

  • Pre-Holiday Weekend

    Water tank topped up?- Check!. Batteries charging ok?- Check!! Store cupboard topped up?-Check! Beer cupboard topped up? Check! All those chores were completed by 2pm on Saturday- we were feeling snug & cosy on the boat, so we decided to “up the game” a little and take a chilly trip down towards the Fox &… Read more »

  • Buckby Cans In Their Rightful Place.

    A cold January Friday and we find ourselves on the way to check on the boats. With all the wind, rain & cold, we need to check on them. Plus, Harebell needs draining down and we didn’t want to wait until the freezing weather came, because then we’d be driving in the freezing weather. Needless… Read more »