Adventures Aboard AreandAre


Having taken up the invitation of a trade mooring at Mercia Marina in the winter of 2015, we got to know the office staff there quite well. Barry more than me which is just how it is while I’m a regular member of the ‘sandwich’ generation and consequently often absent from Areandare. Once we left in January 2016, the idea of holding a ‘Floating Market’ there was postulated. Tony Preston and I… 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… Read More

Middlewich RCTA Floating Market 2015

It’s been an interesting journey up to Middlewich, dozens of locks in succession (I believe it’s called Heartbreak Hill, which is understandable!), coupled with some rather challenging weather including gale force winds, driving rain, sleet and hail storms. Barry and I have kept the cold at bay kitted out in waterproofs, hats, gloves and sturdy footwear, and the fire’s been on daily. Today though it’s warmed up a little thank goodness, as… Read More