Refitting water tank

We arrived about four o’clock yesterday and I immediately set about refitting the water tank. I climbed down into the tank void to clean it out and realised that I’m getting too old for that sort of thing. At one point I got to the stage where I wasnt quite sure how I was going

Flying visit

Yesterday I put the old tank liner in the skip, we tidied up a bit and went home. Today I contacted various companies about a replacement liner and found that Duratank had made the original and were prepared to attempt a repair. So this afternoon we dashed back up the M5 to retrieve it from

Still here

Off to Netto before breakfast to get some bread (and wine and other stuff we didn’t intend to buy) and then got stuck into today’s tasks. Heddi did lots of painting. The bow area in particular now looks much smarter. I tried to drill out the eight screws holding down the inspection hatch into the

Staying put

Not going anywhere this weekend, we have decided to spend some time doing jobs on board. We didn’t do much today though. After a trip up the motorway in lovely bright sunshine we arrived about six o’clock. We unloaded, cooked a meal and played with our new clock radio/ipod docking thing that we bought from

Home mooring

We left at about 8:30. It’s usually around 3 hours from Kinver to our home mooring and we wanted to be away home soon after twelve. However things didnt work out quite the way we had planned. When we got to the first lock, Whittington lock, we were third in a queue to go down.


We were lying in bed at ten to eight when a boat went past. I looked out of the window and saw Terry & Chris going past on Arun, so we decided to get up and set off with the chance that we might meet up with them later. We were away by 8:15 and


Up just after seven ready for an earlyish departure. We had told Angela & Mike on Levick that we would be away by 8:30 as they also wanted to be gone by then. We were now moored outside of them after the various boat manouverings following the pumpout & diesel servicing on Sunday afternoon. In

Stafford Boat Club

We arrived here on Friday morning. Andrew the harbourmaster had spent hours over his intricate mooring plan, which was throw into confusion by the lack of water. Because the levels were really low the deep draughted boats couldn’t moor up close to the side, so they were re-arranged to be on the outside. Also some

Tixall Wide

As is my usual I was awake soon after six. I stuck my head out of the hatch and saw the steerer of the coal butty walking along the towpath. We thought that this may mean they are early risers too and we needed to be away before them! So we showered and got dressed

Coven Heath

A rather frustrating day today with much queueing, but with lots of opportunity to chat with other boaters. The day started off OK with good weather so we made an earlyish start at seven thirty. All was going well until just after the Bratch. The queues were begining to build up at each lock. We