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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  • An Epic Journey.

         Today we knew that we would have to cover some ground if we were to stand any chance of getting back to the Marina by Monday afternoon. We set off at 7am and it was a perfect boating day. The canal was almost ours. We think that any souls around that early on… Read more »

  • Wolverhampton 21 and the BCN

                          We arrived last night and only got as far as the Fox and Anchor. This morning we intended to get a good start but a lie in was just too tempting. We had the traditional boating breakfast of bacon & egg sarnies (please can… Read more »

  • Buying a Narrowboat

    Haggling for our Boat

    Well, it was make or break day today. We decided to open the Harebell Negotiations at a cheeky £16,000. We soon got a call rejecting that offer, but accepting £17,500. Marcus was quite sure that we should counter offer £17,250 and although I just wanted to seal the deal on Harebell, I made the call… Read more »

  • Finding a Narrowboat to buy.

    Falling in Love with Harebell

    Really, Marcus is just the jammy one- I have sat for hours looking at boat after boat after boat, finding nothing. The first one he looks at (on a webpage that I’d left open and walked away from, before getting the chance to browse properly) and he spies Harebell. When we first saw her, we… Read more »

  • Looking at Charlie Fox Narrowboats

    Just not what we were expecting….

    They say the camera never lies, and in reality it doesn’t. However it can give a very different impression. The human mind can also edit their minds eye into whatever is in their mind; that’s what I did with Ambassador. On a rainy Friday afternoon, we found out that Aqua Roma can never be beaten-… Read more »

  • Back to Work and Source Some Funding.

    Well, at the moment we seem to be ranging from 2 opposing emotions. One minute we are happily thinking to ourselves “hey man, this is cool- a little bit of extra debt we can handle and we can cut back on other things and at the end we’ll own a boat- aren’t we just the… Read more »