Friday, March 30, 2007

Barton Turns Atlast!

Yesterday we travelled down from Fradley Junction through some quite difficult locks (stiff gear or very heavy gates) and then onto the River Trent from Alrewas, all went well although it said 'proceed with caution' on the BWB signs. We finally got to our home mooring, tired but happy to have a mooring- not that we'll be there much but we needed a safe place for the boat when we travel back to south Wales and we fancied a winter home. It's a good spot too- great TV reception and fantastic internet access and a shoreline- what more could we want ! Today I enjoy the delights of mains electricity at Barton Turns Marina before we set off on our travels again. We met various people from this marina on our travels and Maureen (from Wales) moors here too!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

It's Busy At Great Haywood

All the boats who were held up by the Armitage Bridge closure have all come through Great Haywood this weekend. There have been queues at the lock for the first time this year! We are still moored here at we have a problem with our Travelpower and our boatbuilder is sending an engineer with a replacement on Monday. We didn't realise until I put on the computer that's the clocks had gone forward an hour early this morning, it shows how laid back we've become! It's been pleasant to have lots of people to chat to as they pass by. Soon we'll be off on our travels again!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Back To Newport

On Friday I began the journey to Newport after sorting out water and cassettes to keep Eric going until I returned. He wasn't far from the shops so I knew he wouldn't starve. Stafford station is nowhere near where the bus stops, so it was the locals who pointed me in the right direction. The journey to Birmingham was uneventful, I had a seat and a book so I was quite happy. I had to change at Birmingham then the train to Newport and soon I could see the Malvern Hills and I knew I was going home.
First stop at Newport was Joseph's for a haircut- I couldn't desert Lisa who is not afraid to cut it really short! Then Sally's boyfriend Bob picked me to take me to stay with them. I enjoyed the luxury of a hot bath, lights I could leave on without checking the battery and a great TV signal as well as good food and good company. Thanks to Sally and Bob! On Saturday I went to visit my dad and catch up with the news- he's eighty soon and we had to decide where to go to celebrate. After that I met my daughters Clare and Lisa for lunch in The Windsor Castle- very nice food too! Then I caught up with all the shopping I'd missed- M&S here I come.
The evening was spent watching Wales and England and WALES WON! Obviously celebrations followed by a visit to see Paula (Eric's sister) to collect the post and catch up with all the news. She introduced me to vodka and coke! Sunday was a nice lazy day- Sally cooked lunch while Bob recovered from the previous nights celebrations! Soon my Newport visit was over and on Monday I returned To Eric and Bendigedig via Central Trains ( Nice hot chocolate on their trolley services), pleased that the heavy snow did not materialise!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Sunset At Tixall Wide

Eric took this photo of the amazing sunset at Tixall Wide on the Staffs and Worcs Canal while we moored there. It's a great place to stay if you enjoy peace and quiet with just the noise of the local wildlife as the ducks feel spring in the air!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sunday Is A Day Of Rest

We have had a really lazy weekend with great satellite reception so we could watch the Six Nations Rugby. Eric is enjoying shouting at the TV (Come on Wales) and I am happy as I can get on the internet on my computer or I can read my book. We spent two quiet nights out in the wilds of Staffordshire, woken only by those keen boaters who can't sleep beyond 9am. We certainly are not clock watching! We are enjoying the changing view from our window and seeing lots of moving boats passing by this weekend. We are waiting for the winter stoppages to be over so we can get to Barton Turns Marina.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

What A Beautiful Sunny Day!

We are back on the Staffs & Worcs Canal enjoying some lovely sunny weather. It's been great to feel so much warmer- not quite T shirt weather but no coats today. We've seen rabbits, squirrels, lots of different birds including a kingfisher and the usual ducks and moorhens. We have seen few boats moving on this canal, those poor people have to go to work! I must be getting fitter, I did ten locks today while Eric manned the tiller. I should sleep tonight! We've managed to moor away from major roads so hopefully all we'll hear is the birds.

Monday, March 05, 2007

It's March

Actually it's already the 5th but I have been unable to blog due to the where we have been moored on the Shropshire Union Canal. It has been a pleasant change with just a few locks, high embankments and deep cuttings which all feature on this canal. We have visited some nice villages, been blown around by the strong winds and frequently rained on by the horrible weather! Our wet weather gear has kept us dry although we get some funny looks when we head for the shops all dressed up for boating.We have enjoyed the coal fire and central heating in the evenings as we look forward to warmer times!