Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

An afternoon at ITV studios, Manchester.

I am sorry, but here comes another posting which isn't related to the boat, but what we have been up to in between! Today, at Margaret's request, we found ourselves together once again at the ITV studios in Manchester. This time it was the recording of three episodes of the Channel 4 afternoon TV programme Countdown with Jeff Stelling, Rachel Riley and Susie Dent. Today's Dictionary Corner celebrity was Carol Smillie.....

Monday, 28 March 2011

Visit to Wigan Maternity Ward.

And here is baby Ethan starring in his first movie........

Normal service will resume as soon as possible!

The baby boy arrived, safe and well!

For all the maternal types, the baby boy I mentioned yesterday, arrived safe and well this morning. He is Ethan Patrick Berry, born during the morning of 28th. March 2011, birth weight 7.5lbs. Mother and baby are very well. Our first grandchild.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Three weddings, a trip to London and a baby boy!

You may have noticed that my blogging this week has been of a more, shall we say, diverse nature, rather than of time spent with the boat. The reason for this is that we have reached a time in the year when we knew we would have other events to keep us busy at weekends.....

Friday, 25 March 2011

Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal

Are you interested in history? I am, and always have been. I grew up in Bolton, Lancashire, close to The Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal. It has been disused as long as I have known it, but I have played on it, taken photographs of it and generally wondered how it might have been when it was working, since my childhood. It remains today in relatively good condition, and one day could join the growing number of restored canals.....

Thursday, 24 March 2011

How do I calculate my energy requirements?

If you have read my previous posts on my own boat specification, and selection process, you will have seen that there are many things to consider when either buying a narrowboat, or specifying one to be built, in that it is important to have a specification that will suit your intended use. The subject I will cover here, in a very basic form, is electricity generation, storage and usage, and the equipment needed to satisfy the way in which you want to use your boat.........

Monday, 21 March 2011

Narrowboat hull maintenance

Readers of this post might also want to read this later post: Narrowboat Maintenance.

Once again, this is for the information of those who are reading this and may be researching the costs of ownership and what work is required in routine maintenance. If you already own your own narrowboat, you will probably learn nothing here, as you will already be aware of the hull blacking process!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

This is Wigan.

Following on from my last two posts which referred to Wigan, this one now gives details for the boater who may not yet have sampled the delights of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. I will describe the journey through Wigan from the bottom end of Wigan Flight, at Wigan Pier. This is right in the town centre, and to get here from the main canal network, you will have travelled up The Trent and Mersey Canal, joined The Bridgewater Canal, and then The Leeds and Liverpool Canal main line near to our starting point....

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Summat to Ate accessable from The Leeds Liverpool Canal

In my last post I made reference to the dialects used around the UK and in particular Wigan. At the end of the post I referred to a restaurant in Hindley, near Wigan, called "Summat to Ate". For those who live outside the area its name is also reference to the joke I mentioned about Lancashire, specifically Wigan dialect. Tonight we visited the restaurant, and here is our review........

Monday, 14 March 2011

The boat that Guy built, and the English language

The new BBC tv series, "The boat that Guy built" is receiving a lot of interest among those interested in British canals presently. The series, which so far I personally find interesting, is not so much about canals or narrowboating, but more of a celebration of Britain and her achievements during the industrial revolution of the 19th century. The presenter, Guy Martin, goods vehicle mechanic, and world famous motorcycle racer, is something of a character, and perhaps seen by the series producers as some kind of Fred Dibnah replacement. He does however speak in a very broad accent, which doesn't suit a worldwide audience, as I have read about in one or two of the blogs I follow......

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Our own lambing live in Nantwich.

Well, the weekend turned out to be much better than we thought it was going to be on Friday. Today, Sunday, we have had sun and clear skies all day, and dare I say warm! It is poor old Scotland who got the heavy snow again. This weekend Margaret talked me into visiting Reaseheath Agricultural College, who were holding a lambing weekend......

Friday, 11 March 2011

Modern versus traditional methods used in fitting out.

Well it is weekend again, and again it is cold and dank, with snow again forecast in northern areas of the UK. It was touch and go whether to visit the boat or not, but I love being there and tinkering around. This was my latest project......

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Why not take a canal hire boat holiday?

I am aware that there are readers of this blog who do not own their own narrowboat, or have never hired one for a holiday. There are also readers from outside the UK who don't realize what a holiday on the British Canals could be like, or how they would go about actually doing it. Here I will hopefully get you interested.....

Sunday, 6 March 2011

This is Wrenbury

We have just arrived home from our weekend at the boat. This week our place was Wrenbury, a typical English Country village at the side of the Llangollen Canal on the Cheshire/Shropshire border. The Llangollen Canal is probably Britain's most popular, so many of you will have already come across Wrenbury on your travels. If you haven't yet, then here it is......