20p piece sold for £31 on ebay

The Royal Mint has made 200,000 20p coins without a date and a coin dealer has set up a very generous offer whereby the first 25,000 people to register online will be able to sell these coins for a profitable £50.00 . Their special website, www.undated20p.com, today says the first 10,000 places have gone with a further 15,000 places…

A glance at Gloucester

Continuing the theme of never passing a canal location without finding a excuse to take a closer look, I managed to get a couple of hours in Gloucester Docks last weekend. I’ve been here before but never noticed the lock – one of the infamous “get it right or else…” locations, where you face the…

Reading – is it really a “no go” area now?

I was introduced to Reading after buying my first narrowboat on the Kennet and Avon.  It was a rather mysterious place down at the Eastern end of the canal which added new challenges of flowing rivers and unusual locks. I innocently popped down to Reading one February, before I realised that when the water level…

Jolly Anglers Pub in Reading closes suddenly

Spot the difference: The two pictures were taken only days apart. The Jolly Anglers pub had recently held a beer festival to coincide with the official Reading Beer festival and looked better than it ever did before.  And now it is gone. This really pisses me off – the new landlord was making a real…

Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival

Reading or Middlewich?  The decision was easy and I had a pleasant drive up to Middlewich taking the long way round to avoid the Silverstone traffic on this British Grand Prix weekend. I won’t attempt to write a review of the festival as I didn’t go to see any particular band, and anyway the main acts take place in the town…

Famous last words

Well I can see the funny side but at the time…. In Reading is a low bridge at the old Gas Works.  I have been through dozens of times and normally drop the chimney to get through, however recently the level has been a bit low so it hasn’t been necessary. I even remember saying…

Water water everywhere – the pump’s broken

A visit to Zulu this week started badly.  She was definitely down at the stern more than normal, which immediately starts the heart racing, as the last thing I need is to find the engine bilge flooded. But all was well in the engine department – an automatic bilge pump sees that the rain water is removed…

Herb garden

On impulse I have just spent £9.99 at Homebase on a ready to use herb garden.  Six well established varieties planted in a rustic box – at a price which compares favourably with buying a few packets at the supermarket.  Well done Homebase – if you are lucky they may have a few left.

A month on the Thames

Well a whole month has flown by and I do apologise for not posting anything recently. If you know me you may know why I don’t blog about the boat I call home, and if you don’t then you will just have to wonder!  Our month on the Thames has been absolutely wonderful – it…