Take no notice. What stoppages?

Last week we came down the 19 frozen and snow covered Lapworth locks from Birmingham and I meant to mention the notice pinned to the balance beams of lock 20, the bottom lock of the flight if arriving from the Grand Union.  I knew it to be untrue, having just arrived from the other direction but…

Viking Warrior – was that Zulu’s long lost sister?

In the 1980s Zulu Warrior belonged to the Royal Navy as one of two narrowboats based at Uxbridge on the Grand Union.  They were basically hire boats, available for Navy personnel attached to the nearby “Stone Frigate” HMS Warrior, otherwise known as Northwood HQ near Rickmansworth.  The staff at Uxbridge Boat Centre still remember having…

Lapworth top to Lapworth bottom

Sunday 21st February 2010 I looked out at 7am just in time to see the tail end of a snowstorm which had added at least another two inches of fresh snow overnight but at least this meant the temperature was on the rise after hitting minus 5.5 during the night.   I therefore got my…

Birmingham to Lapworth

Saturday 20th February 2010 Woke up to a very cold Birmingham and all thoughts of a dawn departure vanished into duvet land. Good old Zulu’s 37 year old engine was good enough to start first time after two weeks resting and we set off to Cambrian Wharf for water, and then to Sherbourne Wharf for…

Who stole my coal?

Angry this morning. Over the last 10 days in Birmingham someone stole my 2 bags of taybrite. Rant over. It’s a lovely day today and I’m blogging from my iPhone as I crack the ice through Edgbaston.

Back in Birmingham and ready to go!

Friday 19th February 2010 Following a similar plan to two weeks ago, I set off about 4pm from Newbury, except this time I declined the £44.00 off peak return rail fare to Birmingham and purchased the following: 1 x Off Peak return ticket from Newbury to Banbury with 30% discount for Network Rail Card £18.95…

A new dimension through blogging?

Someone asked today whether blogging has opened up a dimension which I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Here is the perfect example.  I am sitting in the south in glorious sunshine.  Zulu is sitting in Birmingham (I hope!!) and this weekend I hope to be able to continue our journey through to Hatton on the Grand…

Compton to Birmingham

Saturday 6th February 2010 Thanks for the help at Wolverhampton Locks, Springy, whoever you were!   What a result – 24 hours earlier I had posted a request in Canal World Forums for someone to help lockwheeling up the Wolverhampton flight this morning, and hey presto Springy turned up windlass and anti-vandal key in hand…

Giving it another try

Friday 5th February 2010 Its been two weeks since I parked up in Compton so on this sunny afternoon, even warm, I paid £48.20 to a machine at Newbury station in exchange for a piece of card with Wolverhampton written on it. I hesitate to call it a train ticket, as this would imply there…