Monthly Archives: May 2013

Two waterways both alike in dignity

When the canal first made it to Birmingham, the people rang the church bells as they foresaw the wealth that would follow. And Birmingham soon had more canals than any other British town, a network of loops, locks, wharves, branches

Posted in Cruising log, History and traditions, Routes

Au revoir Brum

We have come out of hibernation in the great city of Birmingham. The constant, heavy, mood-busting rain of the last three days has finally lifted. The wind has dropped. The canal might still be full of abandoned shopping trolleys (and

Posted in Cruising log, Routes

Price match that, Tesco!

Fourteen quid for ten days’ fruit and veg. Courtesy Birmingham market.

Posted in Boat Cuisine

What a day

On the plus side: lovely visitors, a chocolate tasting competition courtesy of Cadbury World’s shop, the characterful and welcoming canals of Brum central, and a simply glorious pub (complete with mini beer festival and BBQ) in Bournville. On the less

Posted in Boat Handling, Cruising log, The Boat, Visitors

Sad, shocked bridge

In Brum.

Posted in Silliness

Bridges on the Stratford canal

Sometimes, the canal’s builders didn’t have room for a proper brick arch. Or perhaps the vehicles using it couldn’t handle the steep gradient of a hump backed bridge. So they built drawbridges! Here’s two from today. Clever use of hydraulics

Posted in Boat Handling, Cruising log, History and traditions, Routes

The modern hunter-gatherer

Posted in Silliness

Edstone Aqueduct

I went to scope out this little gem on the bike. We’ll sail over tomorrow!

Posted in Cruising log

Spot the difference

There’s something a bit different in this picture. Unlike Tom’s Shakespeare pun competition (still open, by the way), no prizes here. Or rather, no prize that anyone in their right mind would want. (That’s a hint; it’s just not a

Posted in Boat Handling

Avon musings

Our voyage has now taken us 233 miles since we left Yelvertoft on 7th April.  At a rather regal 3mph, and dozens and dozens of locks in between, one would be forgiven for imagining a dull, spirit-sapping trudge along an

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