Jolly Boating Weather

This morning the sun is shining like summer – didn’t wear a coat when out early with the dog, which to me means Spring has arrived. And I’m looking forward to taking Zulu up to Manchester next week. Trust the weather to come up with this…

The BW Dumped Trolley Hotline!

Canals are in the news this morning, midst the doom and gloom of the worlds financial meltdown there is still room on the BBC News website to announce “A hotline has been launched to help members of the public report abandoned shopping trolleys in canals and rivers.” With BW claiming that over 3,000 are dumped…

A quick look at Liverpool

The last time I went to Liverpool was when I was at University in Leeds, exploring the canal which links the two.  I never managed to find the canal in Liverpool – its not exactly in the town centre! 30 years later I stepped off the train at Lime Street station and immediately noticed the…

Lost in the post

Digressing from canals for a minute, I need to vent some steam after a seemingly endless dialog between me, two guys who bought something from me on Ebay, a guy I bought something from on Ebay and the DVLA. To cut a long story short I sold my old car to someone in Poland. I wanted to…

Middlewich

What a lovely warmish spring day.  A delight to drive up to Middlewich and find Zulu is absolutely fine, apart from her slightly poorly Paloma water heater of course. Well thats now solved – I bodged a repair last time, but after speaking to an incredibly helpful guy who sells reconditioned Palomas on Ebay (no…

Muddiest week for 18 years?

Big Brother has told us to expect more snow this week, hot on the heels of the worst snow in the UK for 18 years.  As the forecast has been fairly accurate this week, I’m sure its on its way too, so I took advantage of a relatively clear Sundat to pop up to Middlewich…

The big freeze

Early January is certainly the coldest time I have ever spent living aboard.  Temperatures overnight reached minus 16C according to local measurements, and the canal was well frozen for days on end. Sadly while away from Zulu I neglected to properly drain the Paloma water heater so I can only blame myself for the new shower feature in the kitchen, consisting…