Lived onboard Hadar

Daisypath Vacation tickers

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Black Country Living Museum to Tipton.

We spent most of the day in the Black Country Living Museum. We enjoyed the fish & chips which are the best! Once we had seen everything we moved to behind the Neptune Health Park in Tipton.SAM_1728

Keith.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hawne Basin to Black Country Museum

A pleasant cruise from Hawne Basin to the Black Country Museum.

SAM_1707

Middle Factory lock.

SAM_1708

Moored at the Black Country Museum.

SAM_1709

The rather impressive new Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust visitor centre and Gongoozler restaurant.

Keith.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Halesowen

This morning Jo and I took a walk into Halesowen town centre.

SAM_1699

SAM_1700

SAM_1704SAM_1702

SAM_1703

It was very quiet being Easter Monday.

Keith.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Leasowes Park

This morning Jo and I took walk along the line of the derelict section of the Dudley No.2 Canal, now referred to as the Lapal Canal, and in the Leasowes alongside the restored but unconnected section.

SAM_1691

Looking from the land bar across the abandoned but restored section of the canal towards what is Hawne Basin the other side of the road bridge and industrial estate.

SAM_1692

The other direction towards Lapel tunnel.

SAM_1693

Miniature railway alongside the canal towpath, which looks like it hasn’t seen use in many years.

SAM_1694

One of the lakes in the Leasowes as seen from the towpath.

SAM_1695

The end of the restored section of the canal within the Leasowes.

SAM_1696

The next section of the canal is not filled in but overgrown and empty of water.SAM_1698

From this point the canal is filled in, and behind where I was standing to take the photo disappears between a housing estate and an industrial estate. This is as far as we walked. We returned to the Leasowes  and walked around the lake we saw from the towpath.

Keith

Friday, March 25, 2016

Birmingham City Centre to Hawne Basin Dudley No.2 Canal

Set off this morning to immediately suspect there was something on the prop, and there was, but soon got it cleared.

SAM_1678

Inside Netherton Tunnel. Having passed through Netherton tunnel to Windmill End, we turned left onto the Dudley No.2 Canal, new waters for us as we have never done this section before.

We had to wait for 4 boats to exit Gosty Hill tunnel before we could go in. One of the boats was “Colehurst” with Brian and Brenda on-board, whom we know very well.

SAM_1679

The northern portal of the very narrow and sometimes low Gosty Hill Tunnel.

SAM_1681

Approaching the first low bit.SAM_1682

In the low section.SAM_1683

Entering the next bit which is higher.

SAM_1684

Looking back at the first low bit.

SAM_1685

The high bit.

SAM_1686

The next low bit.

SAM_1687

And exiting.

SAM_1688

SAM_1690

Now moored in Hawne Basin which is at the present terminus of the Dudley No.2 Canal. It is run by the Coombeswood Trust.

Keith.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sheepcote Street Bridge to The Mailbox.

This morning we took a short cruise to the Soho Loop and Icknield Port Loop junction, winded there and headed back to the city centre.SAM_1673

Some work is being carried on both entrance bridges to the Soho Loop.

SAM_1675We pulled into Granville Street wharf for the sanitary station and then winded and moored up outside “The Mailbox” and “The Cube”.SAM_1677

Keith.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Walk down the Farmers Bridge Locks and the Digbeth Branch

 

After lunch today Jo and I walked down the 13 Farmers Bridge locks. The one and only time I have travelled through these locks was in 1971 on ‘Pisces’. It has changed a bit since then! Well some of it has, and some of it hasn’t.

SAM_1652

SAM_1653

SAM_1654

SAM_1655

SAM_1656

SAM_1657

The rather impressive railway bridge taking the tracks over the canal.SAM_1658

SAM_1659

Aston Junction, the Ashton top lock can bee seen under the wrought iron bridge, the Digbeth branch goes off to the right.

SAM_1660

Ashted top lock on the Digbeth Branch.SAM_1661

Ashted tunnel north portal.SAM_1662

SAM_1664

SAM_1665

SAM_1666

The Digbeth branch turns left here, with the Typhoo basins ahead.

SAM_1667

The Digbeth branch  continues on to Bordesley junction with the Grand Union Canal.

SAM_1668

Typhoo Basins.

SAM_1669

Selfridges from behind Moor Street station.

SAM_1671

Moor Street station from alongside Selfridges.

SAM_1672

Keith.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Other side of Sheepcote Street Bridge.

This morning we moved Hadar to the other side of Sheepcote Street Bridge, opposite the Fiddle & Bone, having spent 2 days on the 2 day moorings. We are now on the 14 day moorings.

SAM_1645

After lunch we took a walk around Cambrian Wharf.

SAM_1643

The gardens behind the new library, and Broad Street.

SAM_1644

Keith.