Monthly Archives: July 2011

July 31st 2011 We get on the Coventry Canal

As we left Alrewas we planned to stop at Fradley junction to take on water, get rid of rubbish etc.  It was so hot after doing four locks (although we did have some help from very kind people who were out walking) so Sheila went to the shop and got a magnum for us to [...]

July 30th 2011 We get through ??

We intended to begin our journey early today but we just didn’t wake-up until 8.30 so it was almost ten o’clock when we left the marina.  The sun was shining and we looked forward to being on the cut again.  After about an hour and a half we started to meet the boats at the [...]

July 29th 2011 Visit to the I.W.A. festival

Today we went to the I.W.A  festival at Shobnall Fields Burton on Trent .Very good it was too. We had a good look around the narrow boats on show and now have some  ideas for changes we hope to make to Shell Bell.  Tomorrow we leave for our trip down the Coventry Cana,l it should [...]

July 27th 2011 Back on board

 With the news yesterday that our house move won’t happen for two or three weeks we have travelled back to Mercia Marina today to go back on board Shell Bell. We travelled up late morning arriving at the Marina around 3pm. The afternoon and evening was spent getting things ship shape, a nice walk up the towpath [...]

July 25th 2011 Still no news

Well the last few days have been a mixture of packing, walking and fishing. We are nearly as far as we can go with the packing, but we still don’t have a date for exchange or moving.There seems to be a hold up with our purchaser’s sale. We hope to have more information tomorrow. Norwyn has done [...]

July 19th 2011 still no news

The weekend was wet and windy which was not good news for the thousands of people going to the Latitude festival which is only about 12 miles from where we live. Youngest son Ben was home this weekend so we were able to show him the bungalow in Beccles that we hope to move into [...]

July 11th / 12th /13th 2011 Packing boxes

Well it has been a busy few days packing things away and generally getting ready to move house, including cutting the grass which had shot up whilst we were away. We were expecting to exchange contracts this week but so far no news on that front. Norwyn went fishing at Bennets gravel pit on Tuesday and [...]

July 9th / 10th 2011 Homeward bound

Saturday would be spent travelling back home.  We left Willington at 11.00, heading for Nottingham where we had to wait an hour for our connecting train to Norwich.  A tedious journey, not nearly as good as travelling by narrowboat.  We were thankful that Scott was waiting for us at the station (another bottle of wine for [...]

July 8th 2011 Back to Mercia Marina

Another very wet morning as we slipped the moorings at Branston water park for our run up to Willington. The rain was a bit persistant as we made good headway spotting another famous bloggers boat at Horninglow basin in the shape of narrowboat Granny Buttons. With the last lock of the day at Burton done [...]

July 7th 2011 last minute change of plan

The plan today was to go down the Coventry canal and make our way to Northampton, but with news from home about our house sale we have to return to Suffolk. So an early start this morning as we have decided to head back to Mercia marina and leave the boat there.  We called them around [...]