Floating Market helping Birmingham’s homeless population

I’m shamelessly sharing other peoples words once again – this time is for a far worthier cause than helping people cure their hangovers!

You’ll be aware, if you’re a regular reader, that currently Barry is being The Home Brew Boat sales person, and I’m being a Calendar Girl in both Tamworth (my winter job), and Merry Hill (Barry’s winter job!). So six days out the nine of the RCTA Christmas Floating Market I’m otherwise engaged persuading people to part with more of their hard-earned cash in the build up to the commercialised madness that disguises itself as Christmas here in the Western World.

It grieves me to the core watching so many people spending money on ‘stuff’, because they need “Just one more stocking filler”; but we do have to make a bit of a living – like most of us (though I do question often how much people REALLY need, if they stopped spending it needlessly, but that’s another story …).

Anyway, a rather amazing fellow trader is also an extremely eloquent writer. In fact she is a published author. And quite famous in these parts.

She also regularly posts on Facebook as ‘Aunty Wainwright’. Anyone reading who relates to narrow boating, and especially trading, could not help but be amused by her anecdotes, wisdom and wit.

This past week she has excelled herself. Continue reading

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Our week in Birmingham – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

It’s no secret that we’ve grown rather fond of Birmingham.

Increasingly more so since becoming accidentally enthralled by Peaky Blinders last year.

We’d never heard of it prior to stumbling on some live filming at The Black Country Museum. Unaware why there were photographers and people bustling around the canal-side, and spotlights in the boatyard, Barry asked another spectator who informed him what the commotion was in aid of. Of course our interest was aroused by the double whammy of a Birmingham-based production and canal connection. Continue reading

Barry’s Favourite 50 Images from 2015 – Part 6

I’m Sorry!

Just couldn’t keep it down to 50 images so you have to put up with a few more …

After the Northampton festival we headed back towards the Birmingham area, which involved festivals at Netherton, then down to Huddlesford on the Coventry Canal and back up to Birmingham central for the RCTA Floating Market.

We did spend a bit of time in Birmingham, so I took the opportunity to get a few shots around the area.

Andy helping another boater through lock five on the Atherstone flight.

Andy helping another boater through lock five on the Atherstone flight.

Sandra negotiating Spagetti Junction (above her) at a leisurely 3 mph.

Sandra negotiating Spagetti Junction (above her) at a leisurely 3 mph.

From our mooring alongside the Barclaycard Arena (NIA) in Birmingham with the moon in full eclipse.

From our mooring alongside the Barclaycard Arena (NIA) in Birmingham with the moon in full eclipse (as an aside, this image has won the ‘Favourite View’ of the month in January 2015 Waterways World)

Looking along Brindley Place in Birmingham towards 'The Cube' with Brewmaster's Bridge in the foreground.

Looking along Brindley Place in Birmingham towards ‘The Cube’ with Brewmaster’s Bridge in the foreground.

Back along Brindley Place towards the Barclaycard Arena.

Back along Brindley Place towards the Barclaycard Arena.

Gas Street Basin

Gas Street Basin and The Cube

It's simply a matter of timing!

It’s simply a matter of timing!

'The Tap and Spile' pub and 'Gas Street Basin' look a little overwhelmed by the modern city

‘The Tap and Spile’ pub and ‘Gas Street Basin’ look a little overwhelmed by the modern city

Gas Street Basin in the full sunshine.

Gas Street Basin in the full sunshine.

Looking along the end of the Birmingham and Worcester Canal through 'Worcester Bar' and Broad Street Tunnel.

Looking along the end of the Birmingham and Worcester Canal through ‘Worcester Bar’ and Broad Street Tunnel.

Birmingham is such a wonderful place for canal related photography. There’s something different to shoot every time we visit.

Have a very merry Christmas everyone. We’re off visiting Sandra’s family from tomorrow until 30th December. During that time we’re travelling north to Malpas, then down to Lichfield, Brighton, Portsmouth, The Isle of Wight, Southampton, up to Ombersley and then back to Willington! Phew!