This week we've been living on NB Bendigedig for seven years.....it still says six on my profile but for reasons unknown Blogger won't bring up the page to let me edit it.
We remember our first cruise where we picked up the boat at Northwich Boats and the fun we had getting our stuff aboard. Lots of our van load never got on the boat as there was just too much. Living on a boat there's limited storage space so if you don't need it we don't keep it. You can have too much stuff!
Our first night was spent near a mill above the boat builders and I can remember the amazing array of stars visible through the side hatch and the start of our new life. That winter we got frozen in after we passed through Harecastle Tunnel but we had all we needed and just stayed put. Nobody bothered us! I didn't enjoy that first tunnel and it was a big surprise to see all the ice on the other side. The next day the snow came to surprise us too.
|In the ice at Harecastle|
We soon learned the routines of living onboard and I remember well the phone calls to ask the boatyard questions .......we didn't know about the three way switch for electric and had no power because it wasn't in the right position.....but it was a steep learning curve.
We slowly made our way down the Trent and Mersey Canal towards our marina berth at Barton Turns with all those locks called 'Heartbreak Hill' by the old boaters' to get through but we made it. Our time in a marina was short as we decided to continuously cruise. So we've come full circle and we have a mooring again, but we intend to go off for cruises when the weathers warmer but it's nice to have a base to come back too.
I know I've said it before but we love it at Whixall Marina and if you're looking for a residential or leisure berth there's plenty of room!
Today our daughter Sally celebrates a special birthday and she shares her birthday with her other half Dave. Happy Birthday!