Monthly Archive: April 2022

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Slowly to Sawley…

Alrewas to Sawley: 25½ miles, 13 locks Boating was resumed on Sunday after the previous day’s visit to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas. “Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.”  Ratty. These words are prominently displayed on a house that sides on to the canal in Alrewas. “Messing about” might be too casual an approach for the initial part of the onward journey. The...

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South and east to Alrewas

Great Haywood to Alrewas: 14¼ miles, 10 locks Wednesday. So Tixall Wide was “full” and “boats were double parked” according to the boaters who had just cruised along the stretch of wide water. (See previous post). It was time for Cleddau to stop for the day so an overnight  mooring place had to be found. The Captain reversed the boat backwards along the 100 metres or so of the Staffs and Worcs Canal, out under the Junction Bridge and swung...

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Blacked and heading south

Kidsgrove to Great Haywood Junction: 25½ miles, 18 locks, 1 tunnel Cleddau had been delivered to the slipway at Red Bull Basin at Kidsgrove for hull blacking. How did she fare during her enforced stay? Three days into her residency an email arrived from nb Chouette’s Captain. He’d titled it Cleddau on wheels: ”Have just strolled down to see Cleddau on the trolley looking splendid with the hull all shiny black…” it said . And there were photos that followed...

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Black, black, black and white, blacking…

Black is the colour of April, on this boat at least. Forsythia in flower can be startling,  , new leaves are light and refreshing,   ranks of bright tulips in tubs might seem straight and proud –  but it is black that has come to dominate this Cleddau trip. The boat is being headed south for one of those procedures that all well maintained boats should periodically undergo, the blacking of her bottom… She’ll be jet-washed to have any debris...