Barry’s a little late posting his favourite images this year, due to other commitments. I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait – I’m excited to be revisiting the memories all the amazing places we visited in 2016.

Over to Barry …

Areandare’s 2016 pictorial journey begins 

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Early January saw the only snowfall we had on the boat for the winter at Handacre on the Trent & Mersey

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Only lasted until Rugeley though, so not that many opportunities for great photography

Shugborough Hall looking bleak and leafless!

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… as it was all along the T&M

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… albeit with some sunny patches

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Church Lawton near Kidsgrove

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Venetian Boats on the Middlewich Branch

Then onto the Llangollen Canal at Wrenbury

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On to Ellesmere 

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Over the Chirk Aqueduct

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Onward to the mighty Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

To be continued …

Is it just me, or is it normal to feel the older one gets, the faster time seems to fly?

I suspect 2016 will be a year that goes down in history as one of immense and irreversible change, for a multitude of reasons. It also brought a few challenges to Barry and I in our lives less ordinary aboard Areandare, as well as many more magical memories. I’ll certainly be happy to welcome 2017 – I have high hopes for it to be amazing.

In January we left Mercia Marina earlier than expected. Having been invited to take up a trade mooring for the winter; the income we made there only just paid for the monthly morning charge. Consequently this winter we chose to remain ‘on the cut’  – and of course we’ve both been working in kinda ‘proper’ jobs too … Read More

The Roving Canal Traders Association Floating Christmas Market finished on Sunday, after nine days of trading. I suspect that’s a record that will be hard to beat!

Jenny and I made it to The Mailbox in time for the Radio WM breakfast show (you can listen in to the show by clicking this link, Jenny is 19.30 minutes in – but only for another 25 days!). It was touch and go for a while, as the security person was invisible and we almost left thinking we’d gone to the incorrect entrance. Fortunately the show producer, Dean, found us in time and let us in.

As previously promised, here’s Auntie Wainwright’s last two days of reflections on the Floating Market and the SIFA Fireside table (it’s very uplifting to read what occurred on Sunday) … Read More

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