Before our initial six-month narrow boating adventure in April 2009, Barry spent months voraciously reading waterways related blogs. One of the main ones he relished was Andrew Denny's 'Granny Buttons'. We were understandably thrilled to meet him in person on our second venture from NZ to UK, in May 2010, when we fortuitously moored next … Continue reading The Home Brew Boat’s first and last festivals of 2014
Here's the second part of Barry's Birmingham images from a few weeks ago, while I was away at my parents, including some spectacular shots - not least of which are of my lovely friend Alison and her husband Paul. They met serendipitously for the second time this year, and enjoyed a drink or two together. … Continue reading Birmingham through Barry’s lens – having a walkabout
These photos are way overdue to be published! Barry's been so caught up with The Home Brew Boat that I have to keep nagging (me, nag?!) him to give me some of his fabulous photos! It's always worthwhile though, and these are no exception. I've divided them into two posts for your delectation and delight … Continue reading Through Barry’s extraordinary eyes – from Stone to Birmingham
After a longer-than-average stay at Merry Hill, we began our journey towards The Bond in Digbeth, in readiness for our last planned festival of 2014 at their Autumn Market on Saturday. The morning of our departure a howling gale blew up and unfortunately found the strength to whip 'The Home Brew Boat' banner out of … Continue reading Next door to Granny Buttons in Birmingham
Following my last post 'What's wrong with Walsall', as we wondered why other boats weren't apparent in the area, Barry discovered more challenges when he left the basin that could explain it. Though the sparse amount of water was clear and clean looking, the level of rubbish on the bottom of the canal was extensive … Continue reading Chilling out at Merry Hill …
I used to come to Walsall frequently in my thirties, to a fabric shop called the 'Hole in the Wall'. My elder sister and I would make all our own curtains, and that was the best place to get fabric. In the autumn we'd bring our children to the illuminations at the Arboretum, which are … Continue reading What’s wrong with Walsall?
I'm only a mere ten days late posting about the sunny smiles that lit up our souls at the Parkhead Festival, on the last weekend of September ... Birthday celebrations I have to admit to feeling a little disappointed when we'd booked into the event, knowing it was my birthday weekend. But I sucked it … Continue reading A splendid birthday weekend at Parkhead Canal festival