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Wyrley Bank Branch Canal videos Wyrley Bank Branch Canal Hunter VideosJan 2020 I posted two videos exploring the Wyrley Bank Branch canal on my YouTube channel a few weeks ago and realise I failed to provide a link on the blog.

A Blogger Snapped! 18th January 2020 I was up in Birmingham yesterday evening on a very special mission, but before that got started look who I spotted. Sadly I did not have time to go and say hello as I was on a mission with our youngest granddaughter. Back in October our son in law bought tickets for the Strictly Tour as a birthday present for our daughter.

Returning Problems. 16th January Tardebigge Top Lock to Cast Iron Roving Bridge, Birmingham, BCN. Out in Vienna it was time to pack my bags. One thing left to do, visit the cheese shop on Langegasse that I've been walking past and inhaling for the last ten days. Many cheeses in this shop are kept in cabinets for safety, our safety.

Mud, mud, Gloria's mud, there's nothing quite like it for chewing the cud #narrowboat #boating #England Soggy is a word wholly inadequate for describing the towpaths hereabouts at present. Mud-wallows is a phrase more fitted to the task. The section shown above is mild in comparison, tis farther along the canal from where I am moored.

A quiet time… Friday 10th saw a pair of swan visiting and setting on the lawn… but the woodpecker is a regular visitor to the bird feeders… while the Mallards take advantage of the sunshine and the droppings from the feeders Sunrise just before 8 on Thursday with the moon still in the sky.

R.G. Bhaji Argue over the best recipe and sauce. 🥭.

Vienna Postcard 4. 13th to 15th January 2020 Back to work Monday morning. Today we should have been doing some technical notes followed by a couple of dress rehearsals, the second one to be watched by Julia and Helene the Producers from the theatre. I spent the morning breaking down the water torture cabinet more.

My Christmas present in action Yes I did ask for this specifically. I do a lot of walking and am quite ofter angered by litter in the hedgerow. It seems worse in the country lanes as there are some $hitbags who decide to just toss anything out of their car windows….

Dredging On Movanagher Canal Over Coming Weeks is Ireland's dedicated marine journalism team. Have you got a story for our reporters? Email us here. Read more articles by Team >. More people are reading than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast.

Get the latest laundrette list THE Aylesbury Canal Society Laundrette List 2020 Edition is now available. Listed alphabetically are canalside towns and villages with laundrettes with directions from the canal and some information, which may be useful and also listed are canals and rivers showing the towns and villages on those navigations, where laundrettes exist.

The extended version… Plan B started ok, and we're still on it, but it seems to be lasting longer than expected… We returned to Franton Junction a week last Monday, loaded up with coal from Richard on Tuesday then dropped down the locks to moor on the Weston Arm on Wednesday.

Vienna Postcard 3. After a good breakfast I set out to explore Vienna. I had a few things in mind and whatever else I came across would be a bonus. First port of call, The Leopold Museum. Built in the Museum Quarter which is situated in the former Imperial Stables.

Requiescat in pace… Are "burials in t'canal" becoming popular? #narrowboat #boating #boatsthattweet Every two or three weeks I see the substantial remains of a bunch of flowers, either jammed at the Cardinal's stern where the wind has blown them, or floating past in the canal at a truly funereal pace. Talking of Toothpick Charlie and Valentine's Day, twice last year I saw red roses drift by.

Man found dead, floating next to overturned kayak on C-54 canal Vero Beach INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - A 70-year-old man was found dead, floating next to an overturned kayak Wednesday morning in the C-54 canal. The Indian River County Sheriff's Office Agricultural Marine Unit responded near the 12000th block of 138th Avenue in Fellsmere around 10:30 a.m., according to Indian River County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj.

Where I belong. Dear family friends and followers. I hope this rambling finds you all keeping well and if you are poorly may it brighten your day. Toda…

NarrowBoat Ezri - Blueprints and Flow Charts You would think, that I would just be able to sit down with a pen and paper and start writing all the steps I do to make Ezri work, and make Ezri move a long in the water. Then all the steps I take to operate a lock up/down, even the steps for the gas cooker.

Is there anything you miss about a traditional house? It gives you time to think, to remember what house life is like and offers the perfect reminder of where this differs to our life aboard. With all that considered there are three things which stand out in my mind from this most recent stay.

Vienna Postcard 2. 12th January It's been a short but long week here in Vienna. Picked up from the airport and checked into my hotel I then showed my face at the theatre in the evening. A very friendly bunch who totally put me to shame, its been a very long time since I learnt German at school!

Happy New 2020 Wow, welcome back to a hopefully fantastic New Year for everyone. Christmas was a busy one for us, as we slept in six different places and saw so many people we have lost count!.

No 10. Around the world in 80 days As mentioned in previous blogs, we were very lucky to find a couple who were prepared to move our boat from Northampton to Newbury, mutually beneficial as we get a free boat move and they get a free boat holiday. A win win situation and we were so grateful to my sister in law, Sue, for putting us in touch with Neil and Jackie.

Haec Olim Meminisse Iuvabit Here's a bit of friendly, maritime advice: When you arrange to introduce an old friend to the joys of exploring th' Owd Lanky by narrowboat, try not to ignore the advice of the Met Office with regards to forty mile-an-hour winds and torrential rain; it might take the edge of the adventure a touch.

The Newport Canal The 4-mile length of the Newport Canal was opened in 1835 and joined the Shropshire Union Canal at Norbury and the Shrewsbury Canal at Wappenshall. The Newport Canal had 13 locks, 7 bridges and 2 aqueducts. The Shrewsbury and Newport Canals comprise two very different waterways.

There were summat on t'roof last night - summat wi'claws #narrowboat #boating #boatsthattweet There's a row of buttons beside my bed. The sort of buttons that you can't press accidentally; you have to flip up a little safety catch before the magic kicks in. Rather like the "Fire the nukes" switches that my dear late Mother guarded for so many years, in her role as the 'No, Prime Minister, I'm afraid that I can't let you do that' Officer.*.

2019 Round Up. Checking our vital statistics for a years worth of cruising takes a while. We have a trip computer which records almost all our journeys, sometimes it counts locks twice, sometimes it doesn't quite catch where we reached before we wind. Before we used this method of recording our journeys I would use canal plan to work out our distances.

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