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Friday, September 11, 2020

Hadarford in Railway Modeller

 My narrow gauge model railway Hadarford is in the October issue of Railway Modeller.

Ever since I purchased my 1st issue over 50 years ago, I have always wanted to get a layout of mine within its pages.


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Fence Painting

Yesterday and today, Jo has been painting our mooring fencing, gate and bunkers.
I helped a little until my back started to hurt.
I have had at least 2 of my prolapsed discs return, and I have been taking things easy recently.

The final touches.


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Repainted Gnome

Having been busy lately working on my railway, especially painting, and having my paints out, I decided to repaint our garden gnome.

He looks a lot happier now.


Monday, June 01, 2020

Finished Water Cans

The freshly painted water cans looking a lot better now.


New Gate Fitted

Today the hinges and catch arrived in the post, and I soon had the gate hung in place.

It opens right back out of the way.

From the path side.


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Veg Patch

Having set up the new mini greenhouse, Jo has cleared an area of of garden ready for a veg patch.


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Water Cans

With the continuing good weather I have decided to repaint out 2 water cans, this is them before I started.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Mini Greenhouse

Having decided to stay on our mooring for the rest of this year, we ordered a mini greenhouse, which arrived today.
We soon had it assembled and fixed in place ready to start to grow some vegetable seeds.


Slide Repairs

With the good weather at the moment Jo and I set about doing a temporary repair to our back cabin slide, replacing a section of one of the runners with a new piece of wood, and primered ready for final painting.


Saturday, May 23, 2020

New Gate Entrance to our Mooring

With plenty of time on our hands I set about installing a new gate post at our stern end of the mooring.

New gate, which was an old table I made, in place but awaiting new hinges and a catch in the post.

This now gives us gated access at both ends of our mooring, which is far more convenient for us.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020


We have a family of ducklings and their mother who visit us every day, the ducklings sit on the wheel whilst mum sits on the bank keeping her eye on them.

Whilst the ducklings are enjoying the sunshine on our wheel, we are enjoying the weather on our patio.


Friday, May 08, 2020

VE Day Celebrations

With us being in lock-down we have put out our union flags to quietly celebrate VE Day.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Hatton Station to Saltisford Arm

With a relatively short run down the Hatton flight this morning we are safely back on our mooring where we will stay now for the foreseeable future.
The Saltisford Canal Centre is in complete lock-down, it is not open to the public or visiting boats as we have vulnerable residents here that we are protecting.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Park Bridge No.8, to The Arena Birmingham, 20.9 miles, 25 locks, 3 tunnel, 9hrs 35mins.

Early start this morning. 
Got to Addersley junction, and a boat was coming down the last lock of the '21'.
They had been coming down the flight yesterday, but after hearing Boris's speech, they decided to return to Alvechurch, so they followed us up the flight.
 Jo was setting the lock we were leaving for them.
We had a brief stop at Neptune's wharf for Jo to do some food shopping.

Now moored opposite The Arena Birmingham.


Monday, March 23, 2020

Adderley Top Lock to 48hr moorings near Park Bridge No.8, 26.6 miles, 6 locks, 1 tunnel, 9hrs 35mins.

This morning we decided to return to our mooring, so we winded and are now moored back at the 48hr moorings near Park Bridge No.8.


Friday, March 20, 2020

Wharf Tavern, Cheswardine to Adderley Top Lock, 6.7 miles, 5 locks, 2hrs 40mins.

Sunshine today. 🌞
Woodseaves cutting.

Tyrley top lock.

Tyrley locks.

Market Drayton.

Now moored for the weekend above Adderley top lock.


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Park Bridge No.8 to Wharf Tavern Cheswardine near Goldstone Bridge No.55, 20 miles, 1 lock, 1 tunnel, 7hrs 5mins.

A drizzly start and finish, but the bit in the middle was fine.
The A5 was very quiet this morning.

Wheaton Aston lock.

Boatwoman Jo.

Cowley tunnel, no brick just hewn from the rock.

Norbury junction.

Unfortunately the scaffolding spoils the obligatory photograph.

Cadbury's old wharf.

Now moored near the Wharf Tavern by Goldstone Bridge No.55, Cheswardine.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Wolverhampton to Park Bridge No.8 on the Shropshire Union, 6 miles, 22 locks, 5hrs 45mins.

Drizzle all day today.
Wolverhampton top lock.

The '21' as they are called.

Bottom lock and Aldersley junction and the Staffs & Worcs. 

Autherley junction and the start of the Shroppie. 

Now moored on the 48hr moorings before Park Bridge No.8 before Brewood, nad drying out.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Hawne Basin to Wolverhampton, 14 miles, 3 locks, 4 tunnels, 5hrs 10mins.

We said our goodbyes to Hawne basin this morning.
Entering Gosty Hill tunnel again.

The high roofed section of Gosty Hill tunnel.

Approaching Windmill End junction.

Entering Netherton tunnel.

Nearing the end of Netherton tunnel.

We temporarily moored at Neptune wharf for food shopping.

We winded at Tipton junction, and headed for Wolverhampton.
Approaching Coseley tunnel.

Now moored on the 24hr off-side moorings at Wolverhampton tunnel.