Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Penkridge - Staffs & Worcester Canal




After a very quiet night we left at 0830 and proceeded down to Penkridge.  There didn't seem to be as many boats around around as yesterday and the visitor moorings in the centre of Penkridge were empty when we got there before lunch.

It's been a lovely day, warm and sunny and, hopefully, more to come.









When we lived in Cyprus we used to take trips down the "panhandle" which was very wild.  There were lots of wild cyclamen so when I see them now they always remind me of lovely, hot, sunny, Cyprus.

These were a foiled decoupage set and I mounted them onto an embossed panel of card with the edges smudged in pink ink.  This was then fixed to a pink card blank and a pink gingham ribbon was stuck beneath the flowers.

Looking at the photo I see that I did some fancy double embossing, though I can't remember doing it. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Coven Heath - Staffs and Worcester Canal

 The Wolverhampton 21.  We set off at 0830 and had most of the locks for us - with the help of several boats coming up.

It is such a pretty flight, the grass is always neat and tidy and there are lots of flowers.  Not sure what these are, maybe escaped from a garden.

We reached the bottom 3 1/4 hours later, with only one trip down the weed hatch, and turned right into the Staff & Worcs and headed for the bit of piling after bridge 69 and slept all afternoon.







 I have been branching out from cards this summer, hoping to sell them at the Birmingham Floating Market.  But the weather was so bad I was hardly able to put them out for people to see.









Inside the card there are four tealights and the whole thing comes in a box.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Wolverhampton, BCNS

 We are off......  The water tank has been repainted, the satellite dish has been removed and all the other little jobs that have kept us stuck in Birmingham have all been done.  Yesterday was the day were were leaving, but then we were asked to babysit our grandson, so it was postponed yet again - couldn't miss a day with him.

We were due to go down Farmer's Locks but when I woke this morning, after a bad night; and the lack of sunshine, we hung around until 11 o'clock and finally we were on our way.  But not down Farmer's - decided to go clockwise instead so heading to the Staffs and Worcs, T&M, Coventry and back up the Birmingham and Fazeley.

The sun came out and the cruise along the Main Line was almost uneventful.  Only one stop to clear out the weed hatch.  That must be a record.

As we passed the transloading basin we noticed it was now full of boats. 

These horses had been tethered on the towpath, must have been a common sight at one time.

And then when we went past Caggie's it looked closed, no signs, very quiet and not many boats. 






I have had an order from Scotland for 160 Christmas Cards and another 50 greetings cards.  So it's been heads down for a while now.  I have done the first 100 so still lots more to make.

This carad was nice and easy, I cut the white card with a Martha Stewart border punch on both sides to make it look like a ribbon and then wrapped the pink spotty ribbon around it and tied it in a knot before sticking it down onto the pink card blank.  The lily topper was added with foam squares and three pink pearls were added to the top right hand corner.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Gas Street Basin, BCN

 Sorry!  I had every intention of keep up the blog once we got back to Birmingham, but with one thing and another (excuses, excuses!) the time just flew past.

It is difficult to keep up the momentum when we are in one place without gossiping about the neighbours, so I am going to sort of try to catch up where I left off from describing our first time out in the boat, and who knows, maybe the rest of them (it's been 15 years next week!).  So don't go away.

We have spent a lovely 5 days around the corner by Symphony Wharf getting ready for and participating in the Floating Market.  Unfortunately the weather was a bit iffy, and it rained for most of Saturday.  But I think everyone left happy.  Thanks to all who participated and those who worked so hard getting it organised.

Oh! nearly forgot!  We got a mention in this month's edition of the Wet Web in Towpath Talk.  Our edition arrived this morning.  Slightly makes up for not having Bilgepump any more.














This is a tissue box cover.  I had lots of fun with the Cuttlebug and punches.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Gas Street Basin, BCN


It's not clear in the photo, but one chick is decidedly bigger than the rest of them!

The new table arrived today.  A wooden one this time, and even bigger.  Photos tomorrow.



A couple of Beatrix Potter cats stuck to a white die-cut circle and then onto a pink card blank.

Some blue polka-dot ribbon is stuck to the bottom and a knotted piece of ribbon tied through it and the Tom Kitten button added above it.

Gas Street Basin, BCN



We have a new neighbour.  We have since discovered that he is now sleeping in the storage shed under the James Brindley pub.  Company for the rats anyway.

 Had a drink and a natter with Jenny and Bill de Leis and met the couple on the oatcake boat, unfortunately I didn't have any money with me.  They were both moored up under the NIA.



Bought these shoe toppers yonks ago, finally got to use them.  I began with a bright pink card blank and added a panel of pink patterned paper.  The I cut out the label using a Spellbinder die (I think) in white and added the shoes and gems.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Gas Street Basin, BCN



No CRT registration number and no licence?  The big trip boats were having great fun trying to miss this lot.

It's funny how you seem to see some boats only once and others all the time, and some you see every now and again. 

We showed Mr David at the IWA Festival in Worcester in 1999 and one of the other boats was Raggle Taggle.  We never saw David and Jean again for many years when we were traveling in opposite directions on the Lancaster Canal.  Several years later with leap-frogged with them on the Leeds end of the L&L.  And today they were moored up near the Mailbox.  Three times in 15 years!




Missed the orchids on the Bridgewater Canal this year, so will have to do with a photograph.  I matted it onto white card and cut the edges with deckle scissors (you can tell how long ago I made this one, no one uses deckle scissors any more!).  It was then matted again onto dark lilac card and then light lilac card.  I wrapped some green ribbon around the panel and then two strands of organza ribbon on top.  The panel was then fixed to a light lilac card blank and the photograph fixed over the ribbon.  three green gems were stuck down the bottom left hand corner to finish off.

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