We had our seven-year-old grandson for a sleep-over while in Birmingham last weekend. I’d taken the train to Shrewsbury on Saturday to meet him and Lisa and bring him back – and the opposite on the Sunday.
Barry displayed his cards on Saturday, but sadly had no takers – so we had a rest day on Sunday and moved to Sherborne Wharf. Moored near the Cube and Mailbox was rather noisier than normal.
Birmingham to Burton
If you’re driving from Birmingham to Burton-on-Trent, you’d be looking at around 45 minutes.
Hop on a train and it’ll speed you along in 30.
By narrowboat however (especially as the Aston Lock Flight was closed for repairs, adding a short time on), we left on Monday afternoon and arrived Thursday morning! The time to travel by canal is about 21 hours – and 50 locks!
Actually that’s a slight fib …
It’s 48 to Burton, but we had to go to the next lock to get to a ‘winding’ hole to turn around and come back up again, so we’re facing the right way to trade this weekend.
While it may sound awful for a short journey distance-wise to take so long, it’s actually extremely pleasant and very good for the soul.
We’re now moored up at Shobnall Fields, on the Trent and Mersey Canal, getting set up ready for the Burton-on-Trent Roving Canal Traders Floating Market this weekend – along with another 14 boaters running their own businesses …
There’s an amazing 15 boats and 17 traders here this weekend – so many different, quirky, and quality products for sale:
- Crafts from Morgana
- Crafty Cruising Co
- D and D Woodcrafts
- The Doggie Boat
- Dutiful Duck Crafts – (canal ware, folk art, boat women’s bonnets )
- Eyecatchers – (Ecover & Hand Knitted Goods)
- Felafel Afloat
- Funtastic Facepainting by Sandra
- Grand Rosettes
- The Hippie Boat
- The Home Brew Boat
- Make it Ship Shape
- Mugs Afloat
- Roger Whitham – Artist – (Painting & Crafts)
- Sean’s Model Narrowboats
- Why Not Boat
- Wendy B’s Floating Art Gallery
If you’re interested in checking out other Roving Canal Traders Association Floating Traders, check them out here – http://www.rcta.org.uk/emporium.html