Just a quick weekend trip to check all is OK and charge the batteries. Arrived about 6 o’clock last night to find the boat a bit cold and damp and the batteries almost flat. Tried to put the Eberspacher central heating on but it wouldn’t start. I lit the fire, had a meal and went

Staying put

We went for a longish walk in the morning. Along the towpath north out of Kidderminster then we went across the river Stour via Puxton’s marsh to just short of Wolverley. I knew that there was a footbridge over the river just above Wolverley Court lock and we were heading for that. The marsh lived

Still going nowhere

We had planned to use the weekend to do a couple of jobs onboard and do a bit of Christmas shopping in Kidderminster. The cold weather and the fact that Heddi wasn’t feeling too good meant we abandoned the jobs on board, and decided instead to just have a bit of a chill out and

Home mooring

The scavenged wood lasted long enough to keep us warm, but we had more or less run out of coal by the time we were back at Kidderminster. We saw the kingfisher again on the same stretch by Wolverley Court lock. This time we had the camera ready. On returning we tried out a new


A lazy day today. We didnt get up til after 9 o’clock, had breakfast then went for a walk. We walked along the towpath down to Whittington Horse bridge, then followed the little lane back up into Kinver. After the previous day’s rain the River Stour was running much faster and fuller than I’d ever


Not quite so bright and sunny today, but still pleasant later on after the early morning mist cleared. We stopped as Ashwood basin to see if we could get some coal, but no luck. We did manage to get some more fuel by scavanging fallen wood from the wooded areas beside several of the locks.

Top of Bratch (again)

Another bright, sunny, frosty start. Several ‘Viking Afloat’ boats came past very early while we were still in bed, presumably heading for Gailey on ‘turnround day’. We went along to Hatherton junction, winded and headed back again. Having had the fire on all day and all night for several days we were begining to run

Near Coven Heath

We awoke to another cold, frosty but clear & sunny morning. The frosts of the previous two nights had loosened the autumn leaves and they were falling from the trees like a snow storm! The bright sun on the trees brought out the autumn colours beautifully. We stopped at Limekiln Chandlers in Compton to top