A bath is not the most practical thing to have on a narrowboat. Firstly there is the available room given to the bathroom, which is usually not much bigger than a standard size bath in it's entirety! Secondly, water. Most boat water tanks are also probably not much bigger than a standard size bath either,…Read more Bath Time
After promising ourselves a new mattress for about five years we have finally got around to it! On our first boat, Alternative Therapy, the bed was a custom made, extendable affair with a memory foam three piece mattress. As comfortable as this was, it was a pain having to fold the bed out and then…Read more A Good Night’s Sleep
Hello stranger...Yes we are still here and still floating! 'm not really quite sure how six months slipped by without a blog entry. I guess life just carried on as usual but I never seem to have time to sit down and write. Or maybe I didn't think that we were doing anything particularly blog…Read more Still Floating
They say everything is in the detail, so we must congratulate ourselves on our planning, for our holiday of three parts, two boats and a van went without a hitch. There was one thing we couldn't mitigate for of course: The Weather....but, England, never mind the word cup, you did us proud. There really is…Read more When A Plan Comes Together
Well it really seems like after a winter that bypassed spring, summer has well and truly arrived. We have been gradually moving both boats towards Middlewich in preparation for our holiday but it feels like we have been on holiday for the last month with the amazing weather. This is the third year that we…Read more Summer is here!
When I first decided to get my trading licence, I didn’t really intend to attend any of the many canal festivals or floating markets that are held around the country. The main reason being that as it is really just a hobby, we can’t travel the distances needed and still commute to work. Apart from the odd ‘pop up shop’ on the towpath in popular villages on our existing routes, it definitely wasn’t on my radar. Until a week ago that is.
A chance encounter with a fellow trader on a canal walk after work a couple of weeks previous (yes, I even go for walks along canals where we aren’t moored!) was a nice opportunity to chat about the ups and downs of trading. When asked if I was attending the upcoming Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival as a trader, I explained my reasons for not doing. This also…
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The journey begins! We have set off from our home mooring and this time we have our floating workshop butty boat in tow. Literally. However, we are not towing her because she has broken down as a few people have commented! A 'butty' doesn't have an engine and is designed to be towed by another…Read more No, We Haven’t Broken Down!