Rest in peace

Last week I was concerned that Norman, the resident moorer at Big Lock moorings, was not around.  On previous visits he was always there – sitting outside with dog Holly, a rollup and a mug of tea putting the world to right with all the passing dog walkers, or pottering around on the moorings where he has…

Mooring surplus?

Spoilt for choice of moorings?  We could be seeing the first signs in a month where global economy has gone mad and at least one major marina development has been shelved.  There’s even talk of allowing boats without a permanent mooring to pay an annual towpath mooring fee which sounds like another British Waterways scatterbrained idea…

Big Lock (pub) Middlewich reopens

When Zulu arrived in Middlewich I was pretty alarmed to find that the Big Lock pub was closed.  Apparently the pub chain which held the lease had gone bust in September the tenants had to leave.  A pub without lights is a terrible sight and with so many closing for good, this didn’t look a…

A quick peek at Portishead

I was in the Bristol area with a couple of hours to kill on Saturday and in such a situation I always try to visit somewhere new on the waterways.  So while the sun was shining I made a quick detour down to the Severn to check out Portishead Quay Marina, the overnight staging point…