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Topped up to the brim We woke up to the wind howling through the porthole windows and thinking it might be too windy to move today. When we checked the wind was actually behind us and the temperatures were good for January so we decided to go for it.

Windlass Lessness. 15th January Trent Lock Pontoon to Sainsburys, Nottingham and Beeston Canal. Another lovely sunny morning, we woke to pink clouds across the river, these weren't of interest to our silent Second Mate, the gulls kept her focus. I think she's forgiven us for yesterday, nearly!

Tis Cold We awoke to a very cold, frosty and icy start in Sheffield this morning. It had been forecast but it was still a shock to the system when we stepped out of the door. Sydney was not impressed when he went for his morning walk in the park. And neither was I when I realised that Liam was taking my car to work this morning as it was having an MOT.

After a dull wet day… We had time out for water 'fixes'… above… today at 16:40… the sunset… over the weir… was… absolutely… AMAZING!… He have heard the resident Kingfisher more than we've seen them!

An Elf is for Life - not just for Christmas… It's been a rough couple of days - we hired a car yesterday morning… Andy driving as I had WAY too much gin still floating around my system… and set off to meet dad at the hospital - he'd gone back to to see if he could collect the MCCD thingy… until 4 am yesterday morning I had not even heard of such a thing.

Making Your Mark On Your Home - Judging A Book By It's Cover It's a tale as old as time, don't judge a book by it's cover, but it's next to impossible not to isn't it? I've written before how as a species we are prone to stereotyping, boxing things up to make life easier and save brain power.

B ards! And Leaving The Soar. 14th January Zouch Lock to Trent Lock Pontoon. Our life jackets need a service. They were last done whilst we were in Liverpool and the big date that was put on the back of them reminds us every time we put them on that they should be checked before we head out onto the tidal Trent.

More New Things And so last night we eventually finalised all of the paperwork for our new purchase. Our new, to us anyway, car. We are not daft enough to buy a brand new car, no way. We don't like throwing money away. But we have bought a three year old Hyundai I30 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive.

Narrowboat Chalkhill Blue 2 Blog about life as liveaboards constantly cruising the rivers and canals on narrow boat Chalkhill Blue includes building our new boat.

Head On Wind. 13th January Barrow-Upon-Soar to Zouch Lock. A lie in and a long look at the Saturday newspaper before we pushed off this morning. Last night a boat had come up Barrow Deep Lock ahead of us, so it was all set for us this morning.

Flying Start It is turning out to be something of a busy week. Yesterday the roofers were in at home doing some minor repairs to slipped and broken tiles on the main roof and replacing the flashing on the kitchen roof. Last night we were haggling like hell and brokering a deal on a new, to us anyway it is three years old, car.

RIP Mum…. Rewind a couple of days… Saturday night I got a call from Cliff to say that Joyce had been taken by ambulance into hospital…. long story short, he's been looking after her for years and covering up how poorly she'd become….

Off the tideway a day later than planned. Thirty to forty mph winds from the west would have made an uncomfortable if not downright dangerous trip upstream to Cromwell Lock. So we stayed put on the pontoons below Torksey Lock, watching the waves go by. Even in our somewhat sheltered channel the waves were quite high.

Are we mad? Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest The Slide and the Wall - I'm attempting to get a little more frequent with the blog posts. This hasn't been helped by the weather as the long hot days mean I'm usually only able… We Have Snow On The Trent!…Well ok not outside but definitely inside.

Raising A Family In A Small Space George Clarke has been exploring the extraordinary world of inspirational small builds in his eighth series of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces.

Litter pickers depart It was a bit of a lay in after our late night with Maffi. We sorted ourselves out and then noticed Maffi litter picking outside and loading the rubbish on the roof of his boat with Mollie looking on. I think what people have to remember is some boats make the canal a mess, however some boats pick it all up and keep it tidy.

Mayor kicks off Birmingham Canals' 250th anniversary celebrations MAYOR of the West Midlands Andy Street has launched a year of celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Birmingham's famous canals.

Nobody Said Anything About Rain! 12th January Watermead Country Park to Barrow Deep Lock 51. Pitter patter on the roof as we woke this morning, that wasn't meant to happen today! Not here, maybe in Scotland, but not here! A few things to do before setting off today and not just getting a newspaper.

Craven Canal towpath project gets green light A £2 MILLION project to transform the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath between Skipton and Gargrave, and Bradley to Kildwick, has been given the go-ahead.

Being Productive It was when all was said and done a pretty productive weekend. The flooring in the hallway is now completed and looks much better then the previous grubby cream carpet. Although the laminate is just a temporary base for the soon to arrive vinyl flooring, it will be far easier to keep clean in the meantime.

Narrowboat Gardner 4LW 1960 The 1960 British Narrowboat sound fx library features 371 clips of a Northwich trader-class barge in 31.49 gigabytes. It gathers 21 takes from a 4-cylinder Gardner 4LW engine producing 75 horsepower at 1500 RPM. The sound collection includes 21 synchronized perspectives of the boat.

Home Benefits One of the benefits of being at home is that I can cook us a hearty yet more healthy cooked breakfast. This morning we have had dry cured grilled bacon, baked mushrooms, air fried hash browns, baked tomato and oil less fried egg. It was just the ticket to start another busy day.

Paintings On The Walls. 11th January Castle Gardens Moorings to Watermead Country Park. Yesterday we couldn't sum up the effort to walk over the river to go to Tescos for a top up shop, so we went this morning. Mostly fresh veg and fruit was needed along with a few other bits and bobs so that we can keep the freezer full in case we get stuck somewhere.

Life in the slow lane Reminiscing about the halcyon days of summers past is one of the better ways to ward off the seasonal blahs of mid-winter, especially since back surgery has robbed me of the ski season. Keeping me warm beside the fire recently have been fond memories of our years as 'narrowboaters' on the canals of Great Britain.

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