Yearly Archive: 2015

More painting

We were back at Rose Narrowboats yesterday to see the progress that Paul (the painter, not me) had made with repainting our narrowboat. Paul had finished the two layers of primer and applied the...

Bradley Canal

The Bradley Canal is the name being given to the waterway created by the proposed restoration of closed canals within the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN).  The Bradley Canal will provide a new route between the BCN Walsall...

Uttoxeter Canal Map

The Uttoxeter Canal once ran from Froghall Junction at the end of the Caldon Canal to Uttoxeter.  The canal opened in 1811 and closed in 1849, except for the first lock and basin which...

Map Updates – December 2015 – Issue 45

I’ve just released the December batch of map updates, bringing them up to issue 45.  Over forty maps have been updated, although many of the changes are very minor but I like to keep...

Into Birmingham

We continued along the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal into Birmingham. The winter sunshine wasn’t producing much warmth and we were glad of the locks to work to keep us warm. We weren’t the only...

Homewards along the Coventry Canal

We’re heading home with our repainted Waterway Routes Narrowboat. The sunshine looks nice but it was bitterly cold. There was a sprinkling of snow on the boat this morning and it took until nearly lunchtime...

Repainted Waterway Routes Narrowboat

We left Rose Narrowboats this morning with our newly repainted Waterway Routes Narrowboat. A few days ago it was behind those green doors in the paint shed.  Paul (the painter) has finished his hard...

Chesterfield Canal DVDs

I am pleased to say our Chesterfield Canal DVDs have just been released and they will make great Christmas presents. The Chesterfield Canal DVDs are available in our usual three formats:- Popular – like a television...

Map Updates – November 2015 – Issue 44

I’ve just published the monthly update to my maps for November 2015 and the England & Wales map is now as Issue 44. Many of the changes are small, but important to those involved. ...

More Gloss Coats

Further progress with repainting our boat, visible during two recent visits. Last week I saw the first gloss coat rubbed down and the second gloss coat being applied.  The name panel looks shiny with...

First Top Coat

I was back at Rose Narrowboats again yesterday, to see even more progress with repainting our narrowboat. The bows, which looked shiny in my last post because the undercoat was wet have been sanded...

Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Canals

The Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Canals are derelict, with plans for restoration.  Together they will form a through route between the Aire & Calder Navigation and the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation. There are...

More painting

While our boat is out of the water the hull is being blacked, with parts of it already done.  The anodes are approaching the end of their life and won’t last until the next...

Map Updates – October 2015 – Issue 43

I’ve just published the October 2015 updates for our maps of canals and rivers. Our England & Wales map is now at Issue 43 with the monthly updates.  These include the changes we have...

A busy day

Thursday was a busy day as I went by train and bus to Rose Narrowboats to see progress with repainting our boat. The first few photos are from my previous visit. Most of it...

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Repainting

I visited Rose Narrowboats yesterday to see progress as our boat was prepared for re-painting.  The preparations are well under way. The mains input socket was fitted in the roof at the side of the...

Christmas Posting Dates 2015

Our Cruising Maps (available on CD as well as by download) and our Canal DVDs make great ideas for Christmas Presents, but please remember to order in time. The Post Office publish latest recommended...

Rose Narrowboats

I cruised to Rose Narrowboats yesterday afternoon, ready for a prompt start this morning, and moored opposite their base on the Oxford Canal, between Hawkesbury Junction and Rugby. We are heading into the paint shop...

Chesterfield Canal Map

Map Updates – September 2015 – Issue 42

It’s the middle of the month and the latest map updates have just been published. Our England & Wales map is now at Issue 42 with the monthly updates – nobody else can match...

Waterway Routes moored on our Home Mooring at Sherborne Wharf

New Blog Started

After several attempt to integrate the blog with my website I’ve decided to revert to a standard WordPress blog.  That should make publishing a little easier and, perhaps, a little more frequent. We’re our...