No internet on the Shroppie

Lack of posting this week has been due to total lack of any form of internet. Middlewich Branch to Waverton over four days: 20 miles 14 locks (including a little to-ing and fro-ing). I have an iPhone, T-Mobile 3G and Three 3G.  Moored at Beeston for a couple of days I could get no signal whatsoever…

Licence checking

I know British Waterways is under pressure to ensure that we all pay our licence fees on time but I am wondering if they are in danger of creating a new monster in the form of the Enforcement Team and the data they collect. Gone are the days of notebook and pencil, superceded of course…

Middlewich to Wimboldsley

A cruising log entry for Zulu?  Whatever next?! Middlewich to Wimboldsley 4 miles, 6 locks, 2 inches of rain. But despite the thunderstorms, flooding and general doom and gloom we braved the M6 and sat in the car until the rain stopped in Middlewich for long enough to load up Zulu with provisions and hit…

Standing Room only – Oasis and Kasabian at Wembley on Sunday

Tenuous Canal Link – we are moored at Uxbridge, which has easy tube access to Wembley Park station and is one of our favourite moorings. Blatant Non Canal bit: I think I have known the words to Wonderwall for 15 years but never imagined singing it to Oasis – along with something like 80,000 others who also…

Tree falls onto boat at Cowley

Moored on the Grand Union at Cowley, just below the lock last night.  At 8:02 pm there was an almighty firecracker noise as if there was a firework party on the towpath, followed by a thunderclap and a mini tidal wave down the Grand Union. A 30 foot branch had sheared off a tree and…

Not allowed into Wetherspoons at Kingston!

Friday night, stopping in Kingston should have been a pleasure, marking the last night on the Thames before heading off to the Grand Union on a very early morning tide, but this weekend was not one of the best to visit.  First of all it was Hampton Court Flower Show which meant the moorings there…

First rain for weeks

If I remember correctly the last time it rained was during the first two weeks of May. Today it is still raining in Windsor for the second day in a row – sunny spells and heavy showers makes the heat wave of the last couple of weeks seem a long time ago.

Narrowboats at Henley Regatta

On Saturday morning it seemed like a good idea to head down stream from Reading to spend another few weeks on the Thames and Grand Union so after a good stock up at Tesco we joined the crowds heading towards Henley, where we would have to pass through one of the main days of the…