Wishbone Ash – Kidlington

Oh no – not another non canal post! I’ll keep it quick then. By total coincidence I decided yesterday to check the spring tour dates for Wishbone Ash – a few years ago I used to go to up to ten gigs per year, including following them to Europe, so I guess I could have been…

Holiday report – no canals this time!

What an anticlimax coming home to lashing rain and colder temperatures this morning than we had in a week of travelling through Latvia, Estonia and Finland. Looking outside at the rain I can’t get inspired to write anything about canals today so here’s a few jottings about our holiday instead.  Personally I can’t see the attraction…

Wifi in Finland and Estonia

Changing the subject from life on board slightly, this week I have been on holiday.  Not quite as exciting as our last trip to Moldova and Ukraine, but still off the beaten tourist track.  We flew last week to Riga, capital of Latvia, travelled overland to Tallin in Estonia and flew back yesterday from Helsinki,…

Middlewich to Middleofnowhere

Middlewich to Middle of Nowhere, Middlewich Branch 3 miles 6 locks I realise to today how lucky we have been with the Easter weather compared to the South and East and today has been no exception – 10 hours of warm sunshine again.  Moored up below the Big Lock I gave up counting the number of boats…

Three 3G – update

Yesterday I made public my dissatisfaction with Three for taking my 10 pounds but charging me £1 per megabyte before I could convert it into a month’s Mobile Broadband. So it is only fair to tell you about their follow-up to a complaint I sent by email. Last night – within 24 hours of my…

Northwich to Middlewich

Northwich to Anderton, River Weaver – 2 miles, 0 locks Anderton to Middlewich, Trent and Mersey Canal – 10 miles, 0 locks What a gorgeous day this has been. Took the dog for an early morning walk up the river to Hunts lock which is a very pleasant area.  To reach it we cut through…

Kings Lock pub at Middlewich re-opens

Good news!  Middlewich’s Kings Lock pub re-opened on Thursday after a closure of about 3 months. This pub has a marvellous lockside location, and overlooks the junction between the Trent & Mersey and the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union which can provide hours worth of gongoozling on a summers afternoon as boats of all shapes and sizes…

Three 3G? Don’t do what I did!

No T-Mobile coverage today so I decided to activate my Three 3G PAYG service. Plugged it in, connected it up and as expected no websites are available except the Three website itself, where you can pay your ten pounds and get a months worth of internet access, or so I thought. I hadn’t registered a card…

Middlewich to Northwich

Middlewich to Anderton, Trent and Mersey Canal 10 miles, 0 locks Anderton to Northwich, River Weaver 2 miles, 0 locks  The forecast was awful but the day has been fairly nice despite a couple of light showers along the way and almost perfect for cruising. Zulu’s first port of call was the local tip Public Amenity…