Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.
I hope you will join me in my rambles and do please comment – I love to hear from and meet new people in blogland!
Monday, 30 April 2018
We have spent our first full day in Droitwich, which began with a full nights sleep, only to be woken by the Reed Warblers singing and a train passing by.
We have already caught up with people and friends we know and met new people who will no doubt become friends.
So a lovely day was had.
Sunday, 29 April 2018
Shock horror moving on a Sunday?
If you follow my ramblings, you will know we rarely move on a weekend. But when the weather forecaster this morning said that Monday was going to be vile, with strong winds and heavy rain, we twiddled our thumbs and then thought shall we or shan't we as we drank our first brew of the day. The answer was we shall.
Before setting off, we took on a dribble of water, emptied the cassette and got rid of rubbish again. Now I know it is a Sunday, but boats do move on a Sunday and it was after 9 am, so what was the problem with one apartment owner? I did not see her, but heard her say "Don't you know it's Sunday". Well it maybe a Sunday, but that does not stop boats moving and if you do not like boats moving then do not live in a waterside apartment. Rant Over.
Saturday, 28 April 2018
Yesterday evening we moved mooring, to below the Commandery Lock, after some men had been knocking along the boat. I opened the engine room door and said "Can I help you", to which one replied "We were just seeing if anyone was on the boat, because we wanted a ride on a barge". My reply to this was "Yes we are in and we are not a barge and we do not give rides". This unnerved me, so we decided to move down with other boats. I am glad we did. We have a guys sleeping rough alongside the boat in a sheltered spot, but he is no problem and when we moored up, he waved and said "Hello". To which I said "Hello" back, so all is well there.
After the past couple of days and the amount of work I have done what with walking a locks. I slept so well last night and it was a peaceful evening thankfully. We woke to it still raining, so we were in for a soggy day.
We decided the weather was not going to spoil our day in Worcester, so after all the usual stuff, we left the boat and walked up alongside the cathedral, which is stunning outside and in as we would discover later in the day.
Friday, 27 April 2018
I can honestly say I was completely shattered yesterday after our long day. I was sort of woken up early hours with Marmite coughing up a fur ball. My one worry was, where had she left it. I did find out at 6am when I got up to make a cuppa. I found out because I stepped on it in the engine room.
As we sat in bed drinking the first cuppa of the day, we were serenaded by Reed Warblers and Reed Buntings, which were in the reeds opposite the boat. The sounds of the birds announcing another day was beautiful, the sound of the rain dancing on the roof was not so good. We were going to get wet today.
After the 41 locks of yesterday, today we did a mere 14 locks, but they were done in the rain.
Thursday, 26 April 2018
Yesterday Wednesday, we stayed at Tardibigge for the day. I wanted to walk up to St. Bartholomew Church up the hill above the top lock. We did all the morning boat jobs, which included lighting the back cabin stove, because the boat was chilly, especially according to Marmite. She does not do chilly and definitely does not do cold. I am sure if she could she would ring Cats Protection and complain that she lives on a cold boat with people who do not care hahahaha. With the stove lit, she made herself very comfortable in the back cabin on the side bed.
It was a fabulous day, with a brisk breeze, which was nippy at times.
Tardibigge Lime Kilns.
The rest of the day was spent relaxing.
This morning, it was leaving day and my first time doing the Tardibigge Flight of 30 locks. I was looking forward to doing them, but this soon turned to disappointment, when a boat which had gone down before us left all the first 11 lock's bottom gates open, making my job longer and harder. To say I was miffed was an understatement. I did think perhaps the boater was a single hander, because I had seen the gentleman when I walked Paddy, but at lock 48 we met up with the lock volunteers, who told us that he was not single handing, so this made me very cross.
We had a volunteer lock keeper to help us down the 6 Stoke locks. We took on water at Stoke Works, and whilst there a boat came up, so the 6 Astwood locks were in our favour. We have moored above the bottom lock, a nice countryside mooring with views as can be seen in the last 3 photos. 41 locks in all, 5 miles in 6 hours 10 minutes. The sun was shining and I am now going to put my feet up after tea.
We have a change of plan. We were going down the Droitwich Canal to the festival, but we will not get under the road bridge, as we are to high at the bow, so we are now going down onto the Severn and will come up the Droitwich Canal from the river. I do love and change of plan.
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Tuesday, 24 April 2018
It was a soggy old start to the day for us. The forecast was for possible showers. What they obviously did not realise was the shower would be one prolonged on. Other than that it followed us all the way to Tardibigge.
My first job for the morning was to make a cuppa and then light the back cabin stove, to warm the cabin, which was a tad nippy according to Marmite, who wanted to get beneath the duvet, whilst e had our first cuppa of the day. She was none to pleased when I told her we had to get up and put the bed away.
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Monday, 23 April 2018
What a brilliant weekend I had. Yes I know it was my Birthday, but I always enjoy going to the BCLM.
This morning we said "Cheerio" to the museum having filled up with water, ditched rubbish and emptied the cassette. The plan was to head back into Birmingham. The weather was a little nippy, but the sun did come out to warm the air.
There are lots of our waterfowl nesting at the moment.
On the way into Birmingham, we decided to do the Soho and Icknield Loops, which we last did in 2008, when we were on the BCN Explorer Cruise. I could not remember a thing about them, so it was lovely to do them again and we came out of them both without anything wrapping around the prop..
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Sunday, 22 April 2018
Yesterday Day 28 was a special day not just for Her Majesty the Queen, who was 92 years old, it was also my Birthday. I was not 92 years old though, but I did have a fabulous day.
Today, we have spent another fabulous day at the museum.
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