Recuperating, farewells, flooring and retreating!

It’s difficult to adequately describe the sense of freedom and relief Barry and I have felt for the past three days. You’ll have gathered that the truck finally arrived two and a half hours late to collect the eight loaded pallets that had been our Calendar Club shop. It took over an hour to complete the task (a story I shan’t elaborate on here), and we fell wearily into bed sometime after midnight.

Tuesday wasn’t seen until around 10am. Total bliss!

I’d love to say we’ve rested since then and will do for the foreseeable future. In many ways we have, and we will. The challenge is there’s now so much to catch up on before we begin our travels east, north, west and north! And to be honest resting isn’t as exciting as being adventurous and living as if today could be the last day … 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

Making the most of Middlewich FAB Festival

There’s something magical about the Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival that impels us to return each year. Having not booked for 2016 as we’d planned to be on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, we were relieved to sneak in on a late cancellation.

After another long journey, this time from Liverpool, we arrived late afternoon on Thursday, greeted by the lovely Heather from The Fudge Boat who met us at ‘The Big Lock’.

We’ll unashamedly admit this is one of our favourite festivals. The whole town seems to embrace the event, and we see and meet an abundance of friendly, happy people.

The line of trade boats extends from the bridge in town to the Big Lock. There was a long waiting list of traders wanting to come, such is the interest in this colourful and fun event. Continue reading