Friday, 4 January 2013

Nice to see Brian from NB Alton in Canal Boat

Brian, who with his wife Anne-Marie, runs the coal and supply boat Alton is featured in the latest edition of Canal Boat magazine.

Enjoying a brew with Brian, of Coalboat Alton, at the Blue Bell in Kidsgrove

I found more pics on my phone

While looking for something else on my phone, I found photos taken on our journey down, including some more nice pics of Joe R.I.P.

Joe takes the helm of Freyja soon after leaving Church Minshull, this was the only time he steered Freyja, preferring Christina the butty. On the right is Dave (aka Dinky) of
Joe found a soulmate in The Anchor in Hartshill, this dog, with matching whiskers, took a big shine to him!

Joe ponders the meaning of life while he waits for the lock to fill, Freyja waits patiently to hook back up.
Joe puts on his schoolteacher's hat for a group of Midlands schoolkids
Moody night time shot at Kings Lock, Middlewich after we learned the hard way that you can't make a tight turn at a junction when the pair are cross-strapped, luckily there were no gongoozerlers to witness the chaos!

'Dinky' Dave takes over while I rustled up a bit of brekkie.

Broken down again, raw water pump fell off, fuel blocked and caused the engine to shake and break the exhaust, Red Bull Boatyard kindly helped us to get going again.

An early, and misty morning start

The teachers could not believe their luck, wanting to show pupils how canalboats were used as transport, we turned up at the same time, with a pair.     

Broken down, again, and moored in the rough

Passing steam narrowboat 'Laplander'