Monthly Archive: June 2011

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Sunshine and sharp showers on the Severn

Wednesday 8th June, Stourport-on-Severn to Worcester, 13 miles and 7 locks A fashion-conscious boater would be inclined to consider “the look” when planning her wardrobe for a river cruise. Severn locks are operated by a lock keeper some height above the lock chamber so one is unlikely to engage with grease-smeared paddle gear or rain-soaked gates.  But Boatwif, concerned with comfort and safety, forsook jaunty styles and sleek deck shoes in favour of: thicker than usual trousers (to counteract cooler...

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The old and the new

Tuesday 7th June, Wolverley to Stourport-on-Severn, 6 miles , 5 locks “Have you fallen out?” shouted the man from the towpath, as we were coming into Stourport.              “No, not today!” Boatwif responded to the unexpected question.                 She was perched, a windproof-clad figurehead, a duty observer, on the front locker, scanning for hazards or obstructions ahead.  Not that there were either hazards or obstructions, but the morning did seem to have rather too much incident and adventure. ...

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The Rock Houses of Kinver

Monday 6th June, Kinver (Staffs) to Wolverley (Worcs), 5 miles, 5 locks “We must be in Worcestershire now,” Boatwif announced early afternoon to the Captain. “So? Do they drive on a different side of the road?” replied the Captain, to which there wasn’t really a suitable reponse. But counties matter to some folk.  Brought up with a fiendishly difficult Counties of England and Wales jigsaw in which Yorkshire and Lincolnshire were easy to position but poor old Middlesex never got...

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Leaky skies in Middle England

Sunday 5th June, above the Bratch Locks to Kinver (9 miles, 14 locks)                 “Wot yer dun to our weather then?” shouted a passing cyclist this afternoon.  Boatwif did not know; neither did the Captain, and certainly the weather forecasts consulted did not accurately predict what happened!                   Cleddau had started about a mile above the Bratch.  Just along from her overnight mooring on the opposite side was a cricket pitch. The nearest village was Trysull...

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Cashback and splashback

Saturday 4th June, 10 miles, 6 locks                 The Cleddau crew have very strong connections with Pembrokeshire. Like many they were shocked to hear of the very serious industrial accident that has occurred at the Chevron Refinery on the southern side of the Milford Haven.  A relative is employed there but was not on site at the time of the incident.  Our thoughts are with the people of Pembroke and the surrounding area at this time. Ketchup, Techno Son-in-Law and...

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Sunshine – sunshine – sunshine

Friday 3rd June, Shutt Hill Lock to near Hatherton Junction, 10 locks, 9.5 miles A day marked by LACK of trial and tribulation!  And, as anticipated yesterday, little time for whimsical dreaming from the front deck. By 0950 today Cleddau and her crew had negotiated four locks, exchanged an empty gas cylinder for a full one at Teddesley, sorted yesterday’s laundry, loaded the washing machine, bought a newspaper and milk, refilled with water and (the Captain, that is, had) had...

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Detained at Tixall

Thursday 2nd June, Tixall to below Shutt Hill Lock, (Staffs and Worcs Canal) An early start had been planned, hence at 0740 the engine roared into life, stuttered, and at 0742 stopped. Efforts to restart it led to what sounded like flooded cylinders. Pauses – investigations – breakfast – thinking time – and at 0820 a call to RCR (River and Canal Rescue Service).  By 1030 a cheerful and quietly confident marine engineer (plus apprentice) had trundled along the towpath...

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A Peep into the Past

Wednesday 1st June, moored at Tixall Wide, Staffs and Worcs Canal Glad to report a tranquil, drama-free day … three previous times Cleddau has been moored up here, first in July 1994 (archives checked, it was Cleddau’s first long distance cruise), then in April 2008, as an overnight stop during the Kennet and Avon to Macclesfield Canal transfer, the Physicist was with us) and again last year, during which we were nearly boarded by pirates… (See blog, Tuesday 31st August)....