Just outside Worcester

By the morning I could tell that I needed to do something about my hand. I thought that I had seen a doctor’s surgery in Tibberton, so decided to walk there later. We took on water by bridge 42. There was a village map there showing a doctor’s. So I set off in search, while

Stoke Prior

A long day today, 35 locks. We came down the Tardibigge and Stoke flights. We got into a pretty good rhythm with the 3 1/2 of us (Nikki was only winding the easy ones and taking a rest every now and then). With one ahead setting the next lock we only had to wait when

South of Wast Hill tunnel

The plan was to spend tonight in the centre of Birmingham in the Gas St area, but that didnt work out. We set off at about 8:30 (Nikki & Paul still in bed!), past the new “Waterfront” area. There are plenty of moorings here, but a nearby club with a big sign saying “Open until

Delph top

The plan for the week was to do the ‘Stourport ring’. Daughter Nikki & son in law Paul were due to come with us this week on Symphony and had booked their holidays accordingly. Now that we no longer had to be back by Friday morning we could go more leisurely over eight days instead

Wolverley Court Lock

Heddi, Nikki and I arrived soon after lunch, unpacked the stuff and then drove to Sainsbury’s to stock up for the week. We didnt go by boat as we had to wait for Paul to join us after he finished work. While we were waiting I did a few odd jobs around the boat and

Chug up and down a bit

During the morning I fitted the battery after a visit to B&Q  for some bits and pieces. Physically getting the battery in there went easier than I expected, but doing the electrical side was a bit tricky becuase of the limited amount of room to manouver the thick cables. I’d completed it by about 12:00

New battery

For some time I have been thinking of adding an extra battery to the domestic bank. JH has only two 135Ah batteries on the domestic side, which is rather less than most boats. We called in at Limekiln Chanlery in Stourport and picked up a new 110Ah battery and a battery box to put it

Back up the river III

Monday: Grey and a bit chilly. By the morning the river level had dropped about 6 inches, and carried on dropping throughout the day. By the time we got to Stourport it had dropped about 2 feet and was back in the green. We had breakfast on the pontoons where we had spent the first

Back up the river II

Glorious weather, sun shone all day. Progress was slowish, we were only doing about 3.4mph most of the time, down to 2.8 where the current was strongest. It was a good thing that we had gone in at Ashleworth as there wasnt any room at either Haw Bridge or the pub at Apperley. Breakfast at

Back up the river I

We had moored JH by Sandfield bridge during the week, so on Saturday afternoon we parked the car where we had left it previously and set off at about 3 o’clock. We got to Gloucester about 5:00. I called the lockie and he said to moor up in the docks as he was waiting for