Narrowboating over a British winter isn't for the fainthearted, but we're used to the ups and downs of it and enjoy the quietness on the cut.
It's been a crazy year so far. Travelling to Nigeria, Northmoor and New Zealand in the space of three months has been incredible. It does now mean we're a quarter of the way through already - time flies when you're having fun! I recently spoke to a couple of people in their 70s, who are … Continue reading A brief breathing space to blog again …
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
We easily survived the four long days of travelling at 3 mph last week, in anticipation of Barry's fabulous itinerary for my younger sister Viv and her husband Ray. It'd been almost three years since they stayed on board together, due to a variety of reasons like their wedding at Bath last February. Early on … Continue reading Family on board from Winsford to Manchester
Having had three very pleasant kiwi visitor episodes in August and early September, the most recent lasting eleven days and nights, we're understandably a touch out of synch on blog posting. I also managed to squeeze in a long weekend in Brighton with one NZ buddy ... Barry's handed over some stunning images of our trip down … Continue reading A bostin weekend at the Black Country Boating Festival 2015
A lovely lady called Pip Norton contacted us a few months ago, to ask if we'd be interested in being a part of a documentary she's producing about Roving Canal Traders. We didn't hesitate to say "Yes please!" - both to increase our visibility and to promote the possibilities available to people to live and … Continue reading Caught on camera
There's certainly nothing dark and smoggy about The Black Country this weekend. What wonderful, down-to-earth and friendly folks we've had the pleasure of meeting so far. Barry had an endless stream of visitors to The Home Brew Boat - not all were buying, but they took business cards away with a lot more knowledge of … Continue reading Bright and bustling in the Black Country
Blogging once again hasn't been the top of my priority list for a few days as we've had some fabulous friends from New Zealand staying with us. My intention is to get up to date over the coming week - Barry's photos are too good not to publish albeit some time after events! Heptonstall We'd been … Continue reading Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall – avec Le Tour de Yorkshire!
We finally arrived at our destination of Hebden Bridge on Tuesday 1st July. What a delightful part of Britain it is. Our initial impressions were extremely favourable, especially in the light of all the extra effort of the long and tiring days which we now knew were worthwhile. We'd also seen some terrific sights along … Continue reading Heavenly Hebden – well worth the extra effort