Our next festival was at Bugsworth Basin so from Middlewich it was back up the Trent and Mersey to join the Macclesfield Canal at Kidsgrove then up to Marple.
This is a rare post by Barry ... Once I'd finally given up hope that I was going to make it to France with Sandra, Kerry and Tony it was time to consider other options. One of them was to attend the Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival as we were in the area. However the … Continue reading Barry and Dickie let loose!
There's something magical about the Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival that impels us to return each year. Having not booked for 2016 as we'd planned to be on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, we were relieved to sneak in on a late cancellation. After another long journey, this time from Liverpool, we arrived late afternoon on … Continue reading Making the most of Middlewich FAB Festival
Barry did a stalwart job of moving Areandare back up the 35 (or is it 36?) locks of Heartbreak Hill from Middlewich by Sunday, so he could meet me at the railway station at Kidsgrove on Monday. I had a fun-filled-fix of grandmotherly love last week. I'm always in awe of his abilities to 'lock-alone' … Continue reading A stroll around Etruria, and a weekend trading at Westport Lake
Whatever happens this year in relation to Barry's visa, one thing we know without a doubt is how incredibly fortunate we've been to meet so many lovely people - mainly through this blog! The past four days have been enriching in many ways. Not financially, we've had a steady trading weekend, nothing extraordinary. Convivially though … Continue reading Meeting many people and trading at Middlewich
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 … Continue reading Our first boating festival of 2015 – Middlewich
We're really looking forward to trading at canal-related festivals again, the buzz of being a part of a like-minded community is quite a thrill! Barry's been doing a bit of online and towpath trading too recently which is fabulous - the bank manager will be happy too ... This evening we're catching up with Helen … Continue reading Two weeks to go for The Home Brew Boat’s first trading event of 2015