This year has felt far more frantic than any other since we’ve been travelling on the canals beginning in 2009. I’ve put this blog to one side, along with a few other things, to reduce my sense of overwhelm and chaos!

Apologies dear reader. I’ve been meaning to write, it just didn’t happen. I’m going to keep this post as brief as possible, it’s likely I’ll miss things out (there’s so much to say!), but here goes …

An unexpected take over

I was chatting to Barry recently about why it got to this. “RCTA“, he said. “Aha!” said I. “Of course, that’s the biggest difference this year.

In October 2016, I decided to put my hand up to volunteer to help out the Roving Canal Traders Association, along with about a dozen other boaters. Many people had been critical of how the RCTA had been functioning last summer, and as I’ve done many times in the past, I decided that the most constructive way of moving forward is to help out rather than moan.

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Dear blog reader. Life has recently thrown me a few curved balls to contend with, meaning my writing mojo for 'adventures aboard NB Areandare' has temporarily dwindled dramatically.

I believe it will return. Soon. I hope!

For now, this is just to reassure you Barry and I are well, albeit in the process of investigating where, when and why my joie de vivre chose to take an extended vacation.

There's much to tell since last I wrote. Rest assured you'll hear about aspects of it in the not too distant future. I shan't bore you with too many details from the unravelling of recent twists and turns, culminating in a life-changing tumble! I'll work on a shortened overview …

In the words of Mr Schwarzenegger "I'll be back!"

So what else happens in Middlewich during the year?” I asked a customer last weekend.

Not a lot“, was the amused response.

I’m not sure I believe them. The town has always had a friendly and welcoming feel, whenever we’ve visited.

This was our fourth Folk and Boat (that’s where the FAB comes from in case you didn’t know) Festival in Middlewich. And it was full to the brim of magic and music – oh and of course quite a bit of trading by The Home Brew Boat and Funtastic Facepainting!

There were get togethers along the towpath, and much merriment from Thursday to Sunday frequenting The Narrowboat for ‘The Pastry Shoes’ and a jamming ‘open mike’ session, The Boars Head for ‘Earl Grey and The Charwallas’, and Middlewich Narrowboats for two USA bands Billy Lee and The Swamp-Critters and The Roamin’ Jasmine.

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