Flat batteries at Lapworth

Friday 5th March 2010 Ah well it had to happen sooner or later.  After 10 days at Lapworth Zulu has consumed every last bit of battery power and I really can’t work out why, as the isolator was off leaving only the bilge pump to drain them.  The starter battery is also isolated from the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…