Tackling the Tidal Trent on a Windy Day

Having arrived at Fiskerton on Friday night and found the moorings completely empty, we happily claimed a mooring spot. We’d not been up here since we brought Harebell back in August, but it was just as lovely and peaceful as we’d remembered. The weather this morning was not co operating and the sky was overcast,… Read more »

Happy and Healthy at Hatherton Marina.

Today, the morning dawned cold & frosty but fantastically sunny. As has been the case quite a lot over the last few sunny days, my mind turned to boating; I miss my boat- I’m keen to get going, to one day enjoy the relaxation of moving at 4 mph and the next to set ourselves a challenge… Read more »

  • Homeward Bound – Sort Of!!!

      Waking up in Froghall Basin was a laid back and peaceful experience. The toilet block was nearby, so I was quite happy to pad off in my slippers & pyjamas! We knew we really needed to leave today, but were in no massive hurry, so completed all the “boatkeeping” chores; rubbish, toilet, clearing up… Read more »

  • Onwards to Froghall- Slowly!!

    It didn’t take us long to get back to Hazelhurst junction his morning. We stopped just short for the bridge and had some bacon sarnies, then it was time to make the slow progress through the 3 locks. As what would become the “norm” today, we were following a boat down and it all takes… Read more »

  • Travels up the Caldon and Leek Branch.

    The morning dawned and with it big fat raindrops. As a result, none of us were that keen to get out of bed, so a leisurely Sunday morning was had by all. As we were right below the staircase, we did not have far to go until the first lock!! A drizzly passage through the… Read more »

  • I Keep on Thinking it’s Sunday.

    As the Pain au Chocolate had been eaten yesterday, there was little point in staying in bed too long….coffee was drunk, bed put away a nd the boys were on the move by 8.30. A short time later and one graceful sweep of the tiller saw us onto the Trent and  Mersey at Great Heywood…. Read more »

  • Sunshine on a Holiday.

    I love mornings in the marina. The whole trip is ahead of us and the possibilities are endless. If we are lucky, the sun is shining too. This morning we were lucky. We set off at about 10am after a Marcus cooked breakfast of bacon, vegetable burgers (don’t ask!!) and baked beans. An uneventful trip… Read more »

  • Learning to Love the Llangollen

    For the first time in over 10 years of boating, I wished I was somewhere else today- or for at least the first part of it!! I woke up at 9.30 and was immediately on the listen out for the wind- Had it died down? Was the cratch cover still in place and were we… Read more »