Lock 200

September 2nd, 2012

We are out on the canals and heading to the River Severn, to Gloucester. Someone had just told us about the Lock 200 event celebrating the bicentenary of the lock opening taking place 6th-9th September. Wonder of its too late to book a slot?

Olympic Fever – who’s the 10%

August 13th, 2012

Well the Olympics are over (just the paralympics to go) and almost thinking what the fuss was. The Guardian reports 90% of the population watched at least 15 minutes of it on BBC TV. Well I didn’t watch most of it – probably just squeezed past the 15 minute mark as I watched the kayak races. So who were the 10% – maybe those who avidly against the games? Quite a surprise at the figures, though I suppose many were like me – with so much of it on TV you can’t resist to watch a little, just to see what all the fuss was about 😛 .

 

Is the Severn worth a visit? Gloucester next

August 5th, 2012

My next outing on the boat is at the end of August. It may well be my last one whilst based at Norbury as we will be moving bases sometime. So the question is where to go to?

The new base for the boat will be at the other side of the four counties, so it’s not as if we won’t be able to get to most places we could from Norbury, but when it comes to moving areas I suppose people do thing of going routes they won’t be able to for a while as they’ve moved bases. So with this in mind my first thought is Gloucester. A couple of years ago (when we were based at Calcutt) we went to Tewkesbury going via Stratford and several years (possibly as much as a decade ago) we went on the upper section of the River Severn (between Staffs & Worcs and Worcs & Birmingham canals), but we’ve not done much more of the Severn.

Many people say that the Severn is a pretty boring route to go due to the high banks along a lot of the route, and I suppose from a video-cruise perspective I may have had this route lower on my priority list for such a reason. When we went to Tewkesbury I had originally planned a circular route returning via the Severn, but changed my mind (though this was party due to a delay because a crew member needed an emergency dentist appointment) especially as we’d got a license for the a week on the Avon so thought we may as well spend more time on it.

I was speaking to another narrowboater who went down to Gloucester and did say the trip was worth it, so maybe it’s about time I went. If this is the case, then doing the Severn from Stourport to Gloucester might make a good video. Then again, nothing is set in stone and I might feel differently once we are out on the cut.

Awaiting the Nautilus

July 16th, 2012

First there was the WWII U-boat narrowboat in Leeds in the docks next to The Royal Armouries, now Liverpool has a Yellow Submarine narrowboat in the Albert docks. What is it with fake submarine conversions of narrowboats? I await the announcement of a fake Nautilus to appear in a city centre docks in the next year or so.

Camping!

June 25th, 2012

I wonder how many boaters are also campers – after all I have heard narrowboats be described as caravans on water. I used to have caravan holidays as a kid and went tent camping as a teen, but mainly been boating this last couple of decades. That said I went camping last year with some friends and enjoyed it so thought I’d like to try again.
So we’ve bought a tent! A Vango Icarus 500, which is a 5-person tent you can stand up in. So should hopefully mean we wont be cramped. We are going for a test drive in a few days and staying at a camp site near Pocklington.