Big days from Birmingham to Burton Floating Market 

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.

We walked to the ThinkTank Science Museum in the afternoon and had tremendous fun in their Science Garden – and it’s free from 3pm to 5pm daily. They even had a model canal lock to play with.

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. Continue reading

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Barry’s Favourite 50 Images from 2015 – Part 1

It’s been a very long time since I’ve written and posted on this blog, generally I leave it in Sandra’s capable hands …

However I wanted to select and post some images I took during our 2015 cruising season. Some of these have previously appeared on the blog, but many haven’t; so it’s an opportunity to put a few of my personal favourites together.

The first series takes us from Worcester (our winter mooring) up to Middlewich, then back again to Droitwich and up the flight to Tardebigge.

I’m better at face-to-face communication and capturing pictures to tell stories, than writing, so I’ll let the images talk to you …

The first 10 favourite images of 2015 

One of the beautiful swans residing around Diglis Basin in Worcester

One of the beautiful swans residing around Diglis Basin in Worcester

The Italianate church high on the hill at Worsley, on the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

The Italianate church high on the hill at Worsley, on the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

The interior of one of the rock houses at Kinver

The interior of one of the rock houses at Kinver

British Waterways butty Keppel, moored at the Bone and Flint Mill at Etruria

British Waterways butty Keppel, moored at the Bone and Flint Mill at Etruria

Spring blossom at the junction of the Trent & Mersey and the Caldon Canal with James Brindley on his perch

Spring blossom at the junction of the Trent & Mersey and the Caldon Canal with James Brindley on his perch

This canalside property at Barlaston Boatyard always impresses each time we pass

This canalside property at Barlaston Boatyard always impresses each time we pass

Meaford Lock on the Trent and Mersey Canal, above Stone

Meaford Lock on the Trent and Mersey Canal, above Stone

Bratch Locks at Wombourne on the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

Bratch Locks at Wombourne on the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

St Augustine's Church overlooking the canal at Vine's Park in Droitwich

St Augustine’s Church overlooking the canal at Vine’s Park in Droitwich

The view over Worcestershire towards the Malvern Hills from the church above Tardebigge on the Birmingham and Worcester Canal

The view over Worcestershire towards the Malvern Hills from the church above Tardebigge on the Birmingham and Worcester Canal

I hope you’ve enjoyed part 1 – hopefully I’ll get the next four parts posted before Christmas (Sandra will nudge me if I don’t I’m sure!)