We were really grateful to discover what seemed a fairly secure, overnight mooring eleven locks out of Manchester. We knew the journey to Hebden Bridge entailed over 80 locks, and was likely to be quite an interesting one. The New Islington Canal Basin wasn't even marked on our 2009 Nicholson's Waterways Guide, so we're grateful to Michelle … Continue reading New Islington – a broken dream?
The last time we encountered these nine double locks taking boats north east out of Manchester, was in August 2009. Fortuitously we came upon another narrowboat to share them with then, which certainly made the journey easier. This time we had the lovely Jim, who I see picked me up on a couple of errors … Continue reading The Rochdale Nine – a tiny taste of the trials and tribulations to come!
This is unashamedly a purely pictorial post, of Barry's 2014 Manchester experience ... Castlefield Basin and Beetham Tower We like Manchester - can you tell?
There's reportedly seven wonders of the Inland Waterways in Britain. To date, we've been fortunate enough to experience six of them - and we're planning on completing the seventh next month. The Barton Swing Aqueduct we've even had the opportunity to visit AND see open twice, in 2009 and 2013. Last week we returned to the … Continue reading Re-visiting the Anderton Boat Lift – and venturing into new territory
I may be confusing some people by going back in time a few weeks, but I believe you'll understand why it's worth the wait. I'm also, of course, rather biased in my opinions! I love Barry's photos. I fondly recall my first visit to Gisborne, from 2001 to 2002. I used to love looking at … Continue reading A pictorial post of Barry’s journey from Stourport to Etruria
I'm frequently in awe of those prolific bloggers who manage to write, edit and publish a post a day - at the moment even a post a week feels out of reach. Apologies readers, there's so much going on in our lives, that blogging's slipped down the list of priorities. Dad went into a residential … Continue reading It’s all go on board Areandare – a huge catch-up!
After almost five weeks of constant care and comfort, dad seems to have made a good recovery from his strokes. Despite that, he's still the magnificent age of 94, and is frequently confused and befuddled. He continues to be a falls risk too, and it's unlikely he'll improve significantly more than he has. They have … Continue reading A few delights from Stoke-on-Trent
Life's returned to a semblance of normality recently, as I've been back on board Areandare since Friday evening. My elder sister, Kath, covered me for the weekend so I could return 'to work'. I find that quite amusing, as the 'work' we do is so different and variable in comparison to anything I've previously experienced. … Continue reading Fourth Fantastic Festival full of fun …