We’re on the river Severn again. We leave the beautiful blossom-lined canals, to face the uninteresting banks of the longest river of the UK. It’s hot, the moorings we plan to stop at are full, and we end up in Upton-upon-Severn. After seven hours of cruising I had breakfast at 06:15 hrs, and manage to Read More →

A staggering 101 locks we did, after my last post on this blog. And 75¼ miles. In 12 cruising days. That’s one lock per 1.34 miles, or 8.42 locks per cruising day. It didn’t leave me much time for doing other things than steering the boat or doing locks. So today is B³ day: Bread Read More →

As happened before, all the posts, from the moment we left the marina, are written today, and not in Stone, but in Stafford. There is not enough time to write, when one has to steer the boat, or do the locks, make bread, make pasta, cook meal… And if there is time, there is no Read More →

Leaving Middlewich the weather starts getting even worse that before. Now it is cold, and we have rain. The towpath is very muddy, the locks very hard, and one day, when we decided to call it a day at one o’clock, we get a deluge, no water proofs would have withstand that. The next day Read More →

Did I say we didn’t have rain, so far? Well, when we leave Runcorn it is raining. Guess who’s on the tiller? With all that spare time we can afford to stop at the Lion Salt Works. An old ‘salt factory’ turned into a very interesting museum. Just the kind of thing I like. Lawrance Read More →

Yes, we’ve left the marina. And changed our plans completely. The Llangollen Canal will have to wait till next year. We will go own the Trent& Mersey. Stop at Stafford Boat Club to enable Lawrance to go to his army reunion, and replan after that. We have heaps of time to get to Stafford, so Read More →

It’s Saturday morning. The sun is shining (through thin clouds), the wind is blowing (30 miles/hr), snow flakes are falling. Lawrance is watching Saturday Kitchen. I’m on the computer. Was this not the day we planned to start cruising? Yes, it was. But except from some minor things we have to deal with, here in the Read More →

Open a cupboard: wrong cupboard. Open the cratch cover: wrong side. Leaving for our annual summer cruise: wrong weather. (Next to me in bed: wrong man?) Everything got wrong, since I have a pasta machine, and WRT has a new front fender. Before I moved on the boat, I got rid of 95%, maybe even Read More →

Today we have the rare opportunity to see a glimpse of the underworld, the part of the canal that is underneath WRT (and is hidden from view by thick layers of mud). Locks need maintenance, once every so often, and after 20 or 30 years the lock gates usually need replacement. The locks on the Read More →