Lincoln Castle, Cathedral, and Concert – part one

Barry’s been akin to a kid in a candy store recently. You know that Christmas Day feeling of wonderment, when you open the gift you’ve been longing for?

As a professional photographer for over 35 years, he’d aim to be at the top of his game, purchasing the best equipment he could afford. Photography is more of an enjoyable ‘hobby’ nowadays (notwithstanding the fact that he’s also keen to and does sell some of his images as Greeting Cards and prints), and our budget for outlay on equipment is limited. He’s managed perfectly finely for nine years with a Lumix G1 (you can read a little about it by clicking here). Until the poor tired thing lost the will to work a week or so ago, after providing excellent service.

On Tuesday his new plaything arrived. He was overjoyed. This camera is also a Lumix – a Panasonic Lumix GX7 – which means nothing to me, I’m assured it’s a decent-enough step up. Continue reading


Reflecting on 2016’s highs and lows on and off NBAreandare

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 … Continue reading

A Marvellous Merry Hill and Magnificent Eagerly Awaited News!

Last weekend Barry and many other traders settled into the embankment at Merry Hill for a Roving Canal Traders Association Floating Market. The event began on the Friday afternoon and evening, featuring an ‘Illuminated Boats’ spectacle.

I was sad to miss the fun of the bustling days and frivolities of the evenings, though I too had a brilliant time with my eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons celebrating her 40th birthday (incredible, she’s almost as old as I am!).

A fantastic photographer called Mark Cresswell took some amazing photos of the Floating Market, and he’s kindly given me permission to post them here. Do check out his Facebook page (CanalSide Art) for more incredible images. Continue reading