Brewood

Thursday 31st December On the nicest day of the winter I slept in until 8am.  Dog walk and breakfast took us up to 9:30am, and then checking the map, if we set off at 10:00 we could be at Autherley Junction about 11:30am, then Aldersley at 11:45 and into the first lock of the Wolverhampton…

Sign of the week II

Wrong date! Big Lock, 19th December 2009 Thanks to the lady with the dog who pointed out that BW had put the wrong dates on this notice.  Should of course have been 19th December and 20th December – but I never even noticed either. 

Holiday report – no canals this time!

What an anticlimax coming home to lashing rain and colder temperatures this morning than we had in a week of travelling through Latvia, Estonia and Finland. Looking outside at the rain I can’t get inspired to write anything about canals today so here’s a few jottings about our holiday instead.  Personally I can’t see the attraction…

Jolly Boating Weather

This morning the sun is shining like summer – didn’t wear a coat when out early with the dog, which to me means Spring has arrived. And I’m looking forward to taking Zulu up to Manchester next week. Trust the weather to come up with this…

Middlewich

What a lovely warmish spring day.  A delight to drive up to Middlewich and find Zulu is absolutely fine, apart from her slightly poorly Paloma water heater of course. Well thats now solved – I bodged a repair last time, but after speaking to an incredibly helpful guy who sells reconditioned Palomas on Ebay (no…

Muddiest week for 18 years?

Big Brother has told us to expect more snow this week, hot on the heels of the worst snow in the UK for 18 years.  As the forecast has been fairly accurate this week, I’m sure its on its way too, so I took advantage of a relatively clear Sundat to pop up to Middlewich…

The big freeze

Early January is certainly the coldest time I have ever spent living aboard.  Temperatures overnight reached minus 16C according to local measurements, and the canal was well frozen for days on end. Sadly while away from Zulu I neglected to properly drain the Paloma water heater so I can only blame myself for the new shower feature in the kitchen, consisting…

Rest in peace

Last week I was concerned that Norman, the resident moorer at Big Lock moorings, was not around.  On previous visits he was always there – sitting outside with dog Holly, a rollup and a mug of tea putting the world to right with all the passing dog walkers, or pottering around on the moorings where he has…

To the IWA National Festival and back

I don’t know why I do it, but every year or two I feel an urge to go to the IWA National boat festival and so with Wolverhampton in striking distance of Zulu I decided to go. By the time Saturday arrived Zulu was in Polesworth, so after realising I had moored in a wasps…