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 …
Ray Oakhill, from NB Stronghold, who’s been an amazing support to us both since we began our narrow boating adventures in 2009. I finally met him in person in Stone recently
Love this shot of you Ray, looking pensive ;-)
We’ll catch up again, don’t know where, don’t know when …
Great Haywood Junction
Tixall Wide from the other side!
Looking back around halfway up the Wolverhampton 21
BCN Old Line, cruising along under the madness of vehicles above on the motorway
Hoping the sheer volume of traffic isn’t going to collapse the structure …
Old and new, small and massive – which do you prefer? We’ll stick with the slow lane ;-)
It’s unlikely you’ve spotted these locks to the new main line from the motorway!
Such a stark contrast all the way along this section
Four different bridge arches all lined up
Shutting the gate at one of the Smethwick locks
Now that’s a sight we’ve not seen before – speed boating on the cut!
Industrialisation around Soho, coming into Birmingham
Approaching the city centre – the centre of an old bridge is all that’s left
The other side of the bridge centre – and is that a tram we can see?
Barry wonders if this is the only four-way cross road/canal on the system? It’s Icknield Port Loop and Soho Loop cross the Main line of the BCN
Approaching the thriving and beating heart of the canal network – Sherbourne Wharf to the right
Gas Street Basin on a buzzing Saturday evening – hen parties passing as they sing and dance frivolously
It’s fitting that this evening we’re moored up in the centre of Birmingham once again, some weeks after these shots …