It’s been an interesting journey up to Middlewich, dozens of locks in succession (I believe it’s called Heartbreak Hill, which is understandable!), coupled with some rather challenging weather including gale force winds, driving rain, sleet and hail storms. Barry and I have kept the cold at bay kitted out in waterproofs, hats, gloves and sturdy footwear, and the fire’s been on daily.
Today though it’s warmed up a little thank goodness, as we’ve moored up for the Roving Canal Traders Association Floating Market this easter long weekend.
I’d forgotten how many locks there are on the way up north. It’s not a problem though, as our next festival is in Stone on 25th and 26th April, so there’s a three week gap. Plenty of time to move.
What we hadn’t realised though until recently, is just five days later we’re trading at St Richard’s Festival in Droitwich! It’s likely to be a long and arduous trip with some big days. The other challenge is I’m booked in for grandson care duties for a couple of days, from 27th April, so Barry will be boating alone. He’ll be seeking help I think …
We’ll be trading this weekend as The Home Brew Boat and Funtastic Facepainting by Sandra – really grateful to have a position right beside the pathway I face painted from at the Middlewich FAB festival in 2014. I’m told it’s likely to rain tomorrow, so facepainting may be postponed – fingers crossed for dry weather the remainder of the weekend.
Next week I’m also off to grandson sit for a few days, so Barry will be chilling and enjoying the peace and solitude!
In the meantime we’re expecting a productive and fruitful weekend with fellow boating traders and looking forward to meeting and reacquainting with customers.
Wish us luck!
2 thoughts on “Our first boating festival of 2015 – Middlewich”
We are in the UK in May/June/July for two weddings and we have booked a boat on the Kennet and Avon from Newbury from 19th – 22nd June. Nearer the time we’ll find out where you are and try to catch up while we’re driving round visiting people.
Fantastic! It’ll be amazing to see you both, do come and stay overnight if you can, and sample some home brew – we have a double bed in the lounge. Only challenge will be distance – we’re back up here in Middlewich late June.
Barry will see if he can make the weather a little warmer for you …