It’s cold here!

We arrived last night at about 6 o’clock. It was very cold onboard. The heater had flattened the battery, as I had expected the frost stat had stuck again. We ran the engine, started the Eberspascher, lit the fire and had a warming beef stew that we had brought with us. The evening was spent

Quick visit

Just a quick visit to charge the batteries. The Eberspascher is on a frost stat to bring the central heating on, but in this cold weather it soon drains the battery. I ran the engine for about 3 hours and we warmed up the boat by lighting the fire. I noticed that the frost stat

Dry dock days 6 & 7

The Epimastic needs at least 48 hours from the final coat before immersion, so we have no more painting to do. On Saturday we drove down to Bristol to see Heddi’s dad in hospital. Then back again in the evening. On Sunday we went for a walk around Hartlebury Common then, in the afternoon, moved

Dry dock days 3 & 4

Working with a whole tin in one session meant that we were taking nearly the whole 4 hours workable time to complete the task. So we decided to only mix half a can at a time and to the second coat in two goes, one per day. So on Wednesday we did just one side

Dry dock day 2

Today we put the first coat on one side and part of the other side. We are using a two part epoxy product called “Epimastic”. The two parts have to be mixed before use, then there is about 4 hours of working time before it begins to set. This means that we cant stop until

In the dry dock

We were up fairly early as they re-fill the dry dock at 8:00, were were told to be ready to go in by 9:00. We moved round to the pontoon above the first staircase to await instructions. There was a bit of boat shuffling as two have to come out and two go in. Also

Stourport Basin

We drove up in two cars yesterday, left one at Stourport then went on to Kinver. We are booked into the dry dock at Stourport next week. We didn’t want to be stuck there without a car as Heddi’s dad is in hospital and we wanted to be able to go back to Bristol if

On our Bikes

We arrived yesterday afternoon and just did a few jobs and chilled out. Heddi saw a poster advertising the Black Country Boat Festival which is on this weekend. We checked in Nicholsons and found that it was about 10 miles along the towpath to the festival site at Netherton, so decided that we would cycle


The day started cold and wet, though the rain wasn’t as heavy as yesterday. We went up through the staircases and into the basin. Breakfast was taken on the services pontoon while we waited for Limekiln to open, as we needed to top up the diesel. An uneventful run up to the home mooring at