A Succession of Summer Visitors Part 2

Our next round of planned kiwi guests arrived on Saturday 30th June for a three-night canal adventure. Deb and Graeme had spent the previous few weeks travelling around Europe, their main destination being a UK friend's daughter's wedding in Santorni. Fortunately when they arrived with us the weather in Manchester wasn't too shabby after the … Continue reading A Succession of Summer Visitors Part 2

Family on board from Winsford to Manchester

We easily survived the four long days of travelling at 3 mph last week, in anticipation of Barry's fabulous itinerary for my younger sister Viv and her husband Ray. It'd been almost three years since they stayed on board together, due to a variety of reasons like their wedding at Bath last February. Early on … Continue reading Family on board from Winsford to Manchester

The Rochdale Nine – a tiny taste of the trials and tribulations to come!

The last time we encountered these nine double locks taking boats north east out of Manchester, was in August 2009. Fortuitously we came upon another narrowboat to share them with then, which certainly made the journey easier. This time we had the lovely Jim, who I see picked me up on a couple of errors … Continue reading The Rochdale Nine – a tiny taste of the trials and tribulations to come!

Re-visiting the Anderton Boat Lift – and venturing into new territory

There's reportedly seven wonders of the Inland Waterways¬†in Britain. To date, we've been fortunate enough to experience six of them - and we're planning on completing the seventh next month. ¬†The Barton Swing Aqueduct we've even had the opportunity to visit AND see open twice, in 2009 and 2013. Last week we returned to the … Continue reading Re-visiting the Anderton Boat Lift – and venturing into new territory