Unforeseeable future for Anderton Services

British Waterways have just mailed out a stoppage notice containing a most wonderful phrase.  Can you spot it or is just my sense of humour which has gone wrong again.   Their crystal ball must be out of action too. Here it is in all its glory.

Brewood to Compton and a taste of Wolverhampton

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January   Time to move on now that the ice has all thawed out earlier in the week, but to where?  The route south is blocked in so many places due to maintenance stoppages that we can’t reach Uxbridge until Easter at the earliest. So whilst I could go up…

Progress report from Brewood

Tuesday 12th January 2010   No progress. Today I took a drive up to Brewood just to check that Zulu was OK in the cold.  Inside the cabin it had been minus 4 degrees and the water in the kettle was frozen solid.  What a good job I drained the water system down before leaving…

Dangerous sign of the week

While I was working in Little Venice and I used to pass under this sign at Lisson Grove Estate on the Regents Canal half a dozen times a day. Always made me smile.

Ecofan broken and repaired!

Most boat owners have at least heard about the Ecofan – very clever device which sits on the stove top and uses the thermal energy to power a tiny electric motor which spins a fan blade to help circulate the hot air further round the boat.  In these low temperatures every little helps, and it…

The right kind of snow but wrong kind of news

The forecasters must be congratulating themselves this week, as certainly here in Berkshire we have had a good covering of snow – some 5 inches as at 9am on Wednesday, followed by three beautiful wintery days with a night time temperature reaching minus 9.5 and daytime not much over freezing. But I knew the snow…

Waiting for the thaw

Sunday 3rd January 2010 I left Zulu in Brewood on Friday night, hoping somehow that this cold weather would be over within a couple of days, but it rather looks like it could be well over a week before the trip can be resumed with the weather still getting worse in places. Sadly this means…

Wolverhampton Locks – the wrong sort of ice

Friday 1st January 2010 After a lazy day yesterday I got up at 7 to walk the dog and set off for Autherley at 8am.  The canal was frozen solid but the ice had all formed overnight, so was not more than a quarter inch thick in most places, so we had the satisfying sound of…