Blisworth to Birmingham with The Doggie Boat

We had a second brilliant weekend at the Blisworth Canal Festival last weekend. The people of the village and surrounding areas, who arrive in their throngs, are extremely friendly and jovial. It didn't begin too well when Barry and I took my gazebo to the festival field to erect it on the Friday evening. The … Continue reading Blisworth to Birmingham with The Doggie Boat

A sunken boat – hopefully not an omen!

At some point during our festive gathering in 2012, Barry and I pulled a couple of swish crackers. Being only a few months before our big move to the UK, it was serendipitous and rather creepy that the gifts  inside ours were a wine glass trinket each (you know the ones that you clip on … Continue reading A sunken boat – hopefully not an omen!

Brilliant Birmingham Greenways map and a journey with bonuses

I caught up with Barry and the boat in Birmingham last Monday, after an emotional weekend in Brighton saying 'farewell for now' to my beautiful, brave younger daughter. I'll miss her loads, and my mini-breaks to the seaside. It reminds me of the spirit of Gisborne, though the beaches are a complete contrast. Gisborne's are … Continue reading Brilliant Birmingham Greenways map and a journey with bonuses

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 … Continue reading Making the most of Middlewich FAB Festival

Much loveliness in Liverpool and a temporary new crew member

What an interesting weekend we had in Liverpool. As a Trade Boat, we're frequently frustrated by time constraints which curtail the amount of exploring we can do. Barry previously visited Liverpool way back in 1976, staying with family of a girlfriend (Shirley) on his six-month soiree to England. The only other time I've passed through (literally), … Continue reading Much loveliness in Liverpool and a temporary new crew member

An up and down weekend at St Richard’s Festival in Droitwich

“Stay in the gazebo or you’ll catch your death!” Adults often say the most ridiculous things to children without thinking. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at this startling statement uttered by a parent of children waiting to have their faces painted. Luckily they all saw the funny side too. “Oh look. There’s death. … Continue reading An up and down weekend at St Richard’s Festival in Droitwich

St Richard’s Festival Droitwich – our third time trading

Festival season for narrowboat traders is finally getting in full swing - starting this weekend. While many of our colleagues are at Norbury Canal Festival, we're happily back in Droitwich for the third year in a row. In previous years we've been thrilled to moor up comfortably close to Helen and Andy and their 'Wild … Continue reading St Richard’s Festival Droitwich – our third time trading