The African Queen and the Hotel Inspector

One evening in May when we were moored on the Thames at Pangbourne Meadow I noticed the hotel boat African Queen passing by and took this photograph.  I was intrigued that a film crew was on-board and delighted to find that we had possibly formed a backdrop for the filming of Channel 5’s The Hotel…

A glance at Gloucester

Continuing the theme of never passing a canal location without finding a excuse to take a closer look, I managed to get a couple of hours in Gloucester Docks last weekend. I’ve been here before but never noticed the lock – one of the infamous “get it right or else…” locations, where you face the…

Hotel with a difference in Sheffield Basin

I rarely let the opportunity pass to visit a new canal location and so during a brief visit to Sheffield this weekend, I was able to take yet another walk down memory lane and check out Sheffield Canal basin which seems to be known better these days as Victoria Quays. The basin isn’t the easiest…