Category Archives: cruising

August 20th 2012 Lunch in Nantwich

A short cruise for us today, we had decided to go to Nantwich and and moor for the day. It was a glorious, bright and sunny and we soon came to the two Hack Green locks – a test for the first mates injured arm; a test passed with flying colours. After a little over [...]

August 19th 2012 Sheila has a fall !!!!!

We set off this morning in lovely warm conditions with no wind. Our first stop was only a few hundred yards away at the service staion where we topped the water tank and dumped the rubbish. Once done we set off again making our way to the five Adderley locks. By the time we reached [...]

August 18th 2012 Market Drayton

]We moored last night at Norbury Junction and with no signal we were unable to blog. Today we have had a gentle cruise to Market Drayton. With rows of moored boats on route the average cruise speed was reduced. Also on route there were some narrow cuttings and with a lot of boats about we [...]

August 16th 2012 Onto the Shroppie

Although windy it was nice and bright when we set off this morning. We were soon through the three locks leading into Gailey. The weather remained good and we made good progress. We had to wait for NB Nomad at the entrance to the narrows and then had to wait half way through for another [...]

August 15th 2012 Wet Again

It was a lovely morning when we raised from our slumbers, bright and sunny but the weather forcasters had predicted a wet and windy day. After deciding not to sit tight at Tixall for another day we set off; our destination was Gailey. The weather held as we made our way through Acton Trussell. By [...]

August 14th 2012 Glorious sunshine

What a glorious morning we woke to. It was sunny and warm. Leaving Handsacre this morning we followed another boat through the narrows and had a steady cruise to Rugley were we moored neat bridge 65 and headed for Morrisons to top up the food supplys. Leaving Rugley after lunch we set off for great [...]

AUGUST 13TH 2012 Slow cruise to Handsacre

A slow start today; leaving Branston around 09:30 we made steady progress although the weather was not great – no rain but overcast and breezy. The river section before Alrewas was a lot calmer than our last trip when it was just coming out of flood. Fradley junction was busy and we stopped on the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]