Author Archives: Norwyn & Sheila

August 12th 2011 A nice evening

We set off from Mercia marina around 11:30. It wasn’t a good start; cap’n Norwyn left 1st mate Sheila on the mooring pontoon !!!! Sheila made her way round the marina and got back on board at the bridge at the marina entrance. Then what do you know it started to rain !!!. We had […]

August 11th 2012 Back on Board

We set off from Suffolk around 11:30 for the three hour drive to Willington. The roads were quiet so it was an uneventful trip up and we arrived around 14:30. After unloading the car we set about making Shell Bell ship shape for the start of our cruise tomorrow. The new coach lines and Name […]

August 8th 2012 Shell Bell gets her coach lines

Well it has been a while since our last blog. We have just been catching up with things at home, Norwyn has done a lot of fishing on the rivers Waveney and Yare with some success. Shell Bell has finally had her coach lines and name added to the new paint job and looks really […]

July 13th The river opened

Friday the 13th wasn’t unlucky for us. At 08.30 this morning two canal river trust guys informed us the river was open but said if you are going to go make it sooner rather than later as the forecast is for more rain and it may close again. Norwyn knocked on John and Nancy’s boat […]

July 12th 2012 Waiting in Alrewas

We set off from Fazeley this morning in glorious sunshine at last. We made a quick stop at the service block to empty the loo tank and top up with water in case we get stuck at Alrewas for a couple of days due to the river section being in flood. We arrived at Fradley […]

July 11th Will the river be open

This morning it was wet again and not only wet but cold as well. We had decided that we would have a long day and try and get to Fazeley Junction. Setting off in the rain and cold we arrived at the top lock at Atherstone at 11:30.  There was a small queue so we […]

July 10th 2012 Beyond Nuneaton

Well, two days to blog as yesterday we had no internet connection. That said it was the only bad thing about yesterday, the weather was sunny and warm and made for an enjoyable cruising day. We left our moorings around 09:30 and we were soon at Braunston turn were we took the left turn and […]

July 8th 2012 Sunshine hooray

What a glorious day, well most of it, the odd dark cloud did appear but for the most part it was sunshine all the way. Another busy day today. Within a quarter of a mile of setting off we came to our first lock of the day at Radford.  Then onto the three Fosse locks. […]

July 7th 2012 The Hatton Flight

No rain this morning when we set off.  It was a short trip to the top of Hatton Flight, where we stopped and filled the water tank and dumped some rubbish. Then it was time to get going. As we pulled into the lock another boat appeared in view and as these are double locks […]

July 6th 2012 The weather man was spot on

The forecast was rain and by god they were right . It tipped down most of the day. It was already raining when we set off, after about a couple of miles we made a quick stop at Waring’s green boatyard to empty the loo tank. Then it was onto the Lapworth flight of locks. […]