Three Fabulous Festivals of 2018

The Home Brew Boat first began trading at canal-related festivals in Droitwich April 2014. Over the following three years the cruising plan was primarily based around planned events from April through to October. This year we decided to make considerable changes. We felt our floating lives were becoming 'same old', and we were at risk … Continue reading Three Fabulous Festivals of 2018

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Christmas craziness with three weeks to go

One of my favourite sayings is the serenity 'prayer'. You know the one that says "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can't change and courage to change those I can."? Last week's weather was one of those events over which we have no control. At this time of year it was … Continue reading Christmas craziness with three weeks to go

Half way already and loving Lichfield

Hard to believe but today we're seven weeks into our fourteen week commitment with Calendar Club at The Three Spires Shopping Centre in Lichfield. Time sure does fly when you're having fun ... Barry and I are working surprisingly well together, sharing time in the shop and ensuring we each have regular time out. We … Continue reading Half way already and loving Lichfield

Delighted to return to Droitwich

One of our first events as Floating Traders, was St Richard's Festival in Droitwich in 2014. Our dear friends Helen and Andy, from Wild Side, had already been trading there for a couple of years, so it was very special to moor up snugly next to them for the first time. This year will also be … Continue reading Delighted to return to Droitwich

Having a blogging break …

It won't come as too much of a surprise to hear that blogging has taken a backwards step in our busy lives for the time being. We're not boating until early April - instead we're enjoying three months off, relishing the space-between-'work' to travel, and be with family and friends in the northern and southern … Continue reading Having a blogging break …

Moving boats – and a return journey I never expected to make

It's been another full, fun and fascinating week for Barry and I living our 'life less ordinary'. You know the saying '... like ships that pass in the night"? Well that's been us more so than our 'normal' recently - and is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Maybe that's one of the crucial … Continue reading Moving boats – and a return journey I never expected to make

Trading Tales – The Jam Boat

This week's Trading Tale features a couple who've been greatly missed on the cut so far this year. Sometimes life throws us a curved ball and we take time to readjust and refocus. We're hoping to see them at the three events they currently have scheduled in September ... Introducing Helen and Andy What’s the … Continue reading Trading Tales – The Jam Boat

Barry’s Favourite 50 Images from 2015 – Part 2

The next stage of our trip took us from the Alvechurch Festival through to Crick, back up to Middlewich for the Folk and Boat Festival, then up the Shropshire Union Canal. Once we'd passed through the Adderley Locks, we were up to Market Drayton where we traded with the Roving Canal Traders Association for the … Continue reading Barry’s Favourite 50 Images from 2015 – Part 2

A bostin weekend at the Black Country Boating Festival 2015

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

10 of our best bits from Blisworth Canal Festival 2015

We’d heard tales of the fabulousness of Blisworth Canal Festival via Helen and Andy, aka ‘Wild Side’, who’d regaled us with tales of their annual experiences over their past few trading years. Sadly we weren’t able to make it in 2014. The logistics of travelling from Hebden Bridge, where we were for the Tour De France … Continue reading 10 of our best bits from Blisworth Canal Festival 2015