Wednesday last week,  around noon, we were back at WRT after a trip to Scotland. In the car were fourteen of my banana boxes; mostly books, kitchen stuff and clothes. After emptying the boxes there is still room in the kitchen, but certainly NOT in the wardrobe. And that’s with my clothes only! So I Read More →

And Crick Boat Show is where we are on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This was all planned with the boating holiday on the Black Prince boat in mind. When we got WRT we decided we still would attend the boat show, but now with a list of things for our own boat. The tickets Read More →

Job done, I said? No, cruising from Overwater Marina to Scarisbrick Marina was only the smallest and easiest job. On the way up we found a lot of things have to be taken care of. But, except for the engine loosing water, and the circulation pumps of the central heating not working, it’s all minor Read More →

An easy half an hour trip takes us to our home base, Scarisbrick Marina. I manage to get into the marina without any problems, the entrance isn’t as tight as I thought it would be. We moor at the pump, fuel up, and, with a bit of difficulty, finally end up at 27 St Job’s Read More →

At ten o’clock we are allowed to start cruising again, as long as we try to conserve water. This means sharing the locks. With two long narrowboats and one small narrowboat ready to move, the two long ones, 5G and WRT, will share the locks. Did I say: steep learning curve? When we passed nb Read More →

Since I only had half a day at the tiller yesterday, it’s my turn again. For a trip that takes us an hour and 45 minutes. C&RT managed to fill the canal between Poolstock Lock 2 and the second lock in Wigan, and they want us to move to Wigan and moor at the C&RT Read More →

I’m at the tiller, and Lawrance is windlassie. Not that there are any locks. But there is Park Lane Swing Bridge. This time I stay with the boat, while Lawrance opens the bridge. Once the bridge is up, I push the boat off the bank, jump on the stern, and steer her through the bridge. Read More →

Once again it’s sunny and warm today, and Lawrance is at the tiller. So he has to do the daily pre-cruising checks. He discovers a lot of water in the engine compartment, and when checking the cooling liquid of the engine, he finds out that the header tank is nearly empty. There is obvious something Read More →

It’s my day at the tiller today, and I am a bit nervous. There are three tunnels between Anderton Boat Lift and Lymm, our next stop. I steered through them a couple of times, last year, but now it’s a bit different. We’re on our own boat now, so WE have to repair any damage Read More →

Today, the second day of our maiden trip, the start is a lot easier. It feels as if we have done this all our lives. With Lawrance at the tiller (except for the locks) we head for Middlewich, where we stop to do some shoppings at Tesco. And have lunch. Then it is time to Read More →