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Job offer: Branch Sales Advisor - Midland Chandlers We are looking for a committed, customer focused and practical individual to join our team. You'll work in a rewarding retail environment, where duties will include creating a welcoming atmosphere for our customers and fulfilling any necessary day-to-day tasks as required.

Canals conduit for clean heating THE Canal and River Trust has welcomed the announcement from Government setting out plans for a £20million package to cut household emissions through a number of local 'smart energy' projects, including some using the Midlands' canal network.

Have your say on the future of canals in Staffordshire and the West Midlands THE Canal and River Trust, is encouraging local people, boaters and interested groups to come along to its next annual public meeting to have their say on the future of the canals in Staffordshire and West Midlands.

The wind… the rain… and the river! This time it's two Great Spotted Woodpeckers… the male is on the suet balls and the female is waiting her turn beneath him. 5pm and it's still rising… is that it?

Bumping Into The M5. 22nd February New Inns Road Bridge to Titford Pools to New Inns Road Bridge. From our mooring we walked to Langley High Street where a length of shops greeted us. A Londis and Post Office which both looked like convenience stores, we were after our Saturday newspaper and some longer dated blueberries.

WIN! Brand new book We Don't Go Far But We Do See Life! Five lucky Towpath Talk readers can get their hands on the brand new paperback book We Don't Go Far But We Do See Life.

Low bridges and driverless buses I hope you haven't been blown away or washed away. In the past, one of my dreams was to live in a house on the banks of a nice river. Just lately I'm beginning to get over any regrets about not achieving that. I'm rather more pleased that we live near the top of a small hill.

Up The Tat. 21st February Dudley Port Basin to New Inns Road Bridge, BCN Titford Canal. Four years ago we had an early start, my brother Andrew and family were visiting and the four of us drove to Burton Joyce outside Nottingham to pick up a small bundle of black and white fur.

Hatherton Branch Canal Hatherton Branch Canal Feb 2020 The following links will take to you to two videos exploring the Hatherton Branch Canal.

Back to Oz… Goodbye Melbourne… Hello Sydney… We walked as far as Circular Quay to watch the ferries coming and going as this would be our main transport whilst staying here.

Ten Two One. 20th February BUMingham to Dudley Port Basin. Google calendar kept reminding us this morning that we had to be mean to Tilly. We usually try to time this with her not being allowed out for the day so that her collar and cat tags can be removed.

Website woes, decree nisi, wine Wednesday and more maintenance In MY mind, this is a record of the pre-build, build and life aboard the good ship 'Ellis' For More information about Narrowboat live-aboard hotel experiences, please visit the website: narrowboatellis.com I think it should begin something like this "bless me father for I have sinned"… Pride before a fall and all that coming into play.

Back west… The travels of NB SEYELLA on the canals and rivers of England and Wales Mags trip to the docs on Tuesday morning went ok, blood taken but we won't know the results for a few days yet. Should be fine though.07:51 sunrise on Tuesday.

When In Birmingham. 19th February All the boats around us moved off this morning, some that way others the other, they were all getting or going to get a touch damp as the rain came and went for most of the day. I spent much of the day taking photos of the model for The Garden and persuading our new printer / scanner to actually scan my costume drawings.

Running around and a running engine So the parts arrived for the engine and in the meantime we have been getting more containers of diesel. So today it was all about getting the engine running and Del soon got to work on the damaged pump. The new one was a bit tricky and fiddly, but it was soon changed.

Sitting out the Storm So it was back onto the problem of sorting out the engine on Derwent6. When Tanya was on-board we managed to get in the tank 60 litres of diesel and then it was a case of taking one more sample to see if it was clear when we removed some from the tank.

No.13: Life…. and other plans Preparation takes many forms - including improving my skills of handling The Frog. Our last blog saw us cruising to Reading and back for a family meal - an opportunity to get more 'cruising miles' under my hat. Pip gave me a new one for Xmas and I'm dying to wear it.

A memorable day meeting new friends. Wednesday and another memorable day. A comment had been left by a couple we had never met, suggesting a get together for tea, coffee or something stronger on their boat moored by the Roseville River.

Cadburys Goodness. 18th February Bridge 68 to Hopwood to BUMingham. Last Friday Mick had tweeted C&RT regarding the Figure of Three Locks on the Calder and Hebble. The stoppage notice for that stretch of canal after Storm Ciara was that the towpath was closed. Was the damage really as bad as it looked in the photos and video we'd been seeing on Facebook?

Anniversary plans scrapped as Sir Walter runs out of steam PLANS to mark the 120th anniversary of the first sailing of SS Walter Scott on Loch Katrine, have had to be scrapped after the Denny-built vessel ran out of steam.

Changes to Waterway Wanderers permits Waterway Wanderers fishing permits to rise by £2 in April to £22; junior fees to stay the same; over 65s to receive 10% discount.

Flake Aroma. 17th February BUMingham to Bridge 68, Worcester and Birmingham Canal, most definitely not BUMingham! I'd made a promise to Tilly that today we would move the outside just for her, so that is what we did. There was a touch of rain in the air, and the air was still moving quite a lot at times but we kept my promise and moved.

Back to Oz… Our last day in Melbourne… We spent our penultimate evening in Melbourne still at Ray and Diane's lovely home chatting with their daughter Samantha and their bonkers dog Archie. In-between time I caught up on the laundry ready for our departure on Monday 4th March 2019. The day before we left Ray's he took us out… for breakfast… a first for us!

Winter works at Bollington WORK continues to rebuild the Macclesfield Canal on the Palmerston Embankment at Bollington on a bright winter's day. There has been an ongoing problem with water leakage from the canal alongside the Clarence Mill in Cheshire for a number of years.

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