Monday, 16 May 2016

Gas Street Basin

 Well, we are back!  We left around 0900 and headed back to Oozells Loop.  We met lots of hire boats all the way back which meant there was plenty of moorings when we got into Birmingham.

We moored up and walked over to the Hyatt hotel for a swim and shower and then onto the moorings to see what was happening.  Nothing yet. 

After lunch we had a text to say the electricity was back on, so we came back here.

As usual, when the sun comes out, there were lots of visitors, including a band/ensemble complete with brass and string instruments and white tuxes.  Later some long haired older men, two glamerous older ladies with American accends.  Looked like an old rock group, but I didn't recognize any of them and cannot find out if they are playing anywhere tonight.




This is a card I made for a shop in Edinburgh, I made a banner from the sentiment and then two with washi tape.  The green flourish was die-cut and the flower is made of fabric and a gem.  Thats it, all on a blank white card base.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Spon Lane Junction BCN

Sorry for being quiet for so long, but we have been in the Basin all this time and there has not been too much to report..

We finally got out onto the cut again, though only temporarily.  The electricity went down on the moorings and CRT brought generators for those who needed them.  Unfortunately our neighbour decided he did, and then ran the thing until 0930 last night.  It started up again at 0830 this morning, so we decided to move to somewhere quieter.

Only a short trip and very quiet, saw only two boats go past and we were joined by another boat mooring opposite later on in the evening.

I will try and update last year's entries eventually.

It was lovely to be out again, got to smell the heavenly hawthorn blossom, thought I was going to miss it this year.  The bluebells were just over thought.






This is called a "card in a box".  It actually folds down flat to fit into an envelope.  When you take it out of the envelope it "pops" out making it a nice surprise for whoever is recieving it.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Rode Heath, Trent and Mersey Canal



 Sunrise by Church Lawton.  A quick run into Rode Heath, just 1 1/4 miles and 6 locks.

I took the bus into Nantwich for a bit of retail therapy.   It was fun criss crossing the canal on the way there and back.








A white card blank, red dotty paper, strawberry backing paper, a tag made with die-cut ovals, some flowers and a red gingham bow.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Church Lawton, Trent and Mersey Canal

 Now, that's what you call a shed!

We slipped out of the Red Bull moorings in the mist, did three locks down to the Services station for a pumpout and more water.

Then it was down another three locks and found a lovely spot not far from the Church.

We got here about 0830 and I went back to bed and slept for three hours!

Saw my first swallow today.  Summer is here!




The label said buddlia, but I think its lilac.  Anyway, I die-cut the fancy label from white card and stuck it onto some lilac card and wrapped some green ribbon around it. Then it was stuck onto a white card blank.

The topper was added using sticky-fixers and lilac gems were added for decoration.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Red Bull Basin, Macclesfield Canal

 The washing machine is still going.  Sheets, towels, coats, anything I can find.

A kind, fellow moorer lent us a key to get out of the compound so that I could walk around to Tesco to get some food.

We discovered the disadvantages of the moorings:  There is a railway line by the side and the trains all toot as they go past.  The other one is that we can't get a good television signal.



Last winter a friend who walked her dog past the boats lost it when it fell into the canal and drowned.  So this is the sympathy card I made for her.

I die-cut the dog and coloured the edge with grey ink and then matted it onto some white footprint paper also die-cut.  Then onto a grey panel before matting it onto footprint paper and grey card and then onto a white card blank.

I printed off the sentiment on the computer and matted that the same way and put it on the bottom of the grey panel.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Red Bull Basin, Trent and Mersey (Macclesfield Branch)

 Love the motto:  Keeping people, nature and history connected.  Nothing about water, boats, canals!

We got water at the lock and then slipped into the CRT moorings at Red Bull.  David had noticed on the past that the electricity bollards were the same as on our moorings at home, so he e-mailed the Red Bull CRT offices and asked for permission to moor there in one of the empty spaces for a couple of day.

The washing machine has been going all day!



A card for someone fighting cancer.  I die cut a fancy label and threaded some pink ribbon through it and sticking it behind the Cuttlebugged white panel.  More pink ribbon was formed into a loop and fixed to the label with a pink brad.

The sentiment, which I did on the computer was matted onto pink card and the whole panel stuck onto a pink card blank.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Scholars Green, Macclesfield Canal

 Seems we might just have been able to squeeze in the Congleton moorings yesterday, but I wouldn't have liked to leave the boat there unattended all day.

The weather is really lovely and getting warmer by the day.  Saw our first ducklings of the year.

We stopped off at Heritage for diesel and more coal and moored up just past in Scholars Green.  I also had to buy a new Geo map of the Trent and Mersey and a new Nicholsons for the NW.  David managed to let the map blow off the boat into the water!




This stamp I coloured in myself with pencils.  It was matted onto gold miri card along with the sentiments, which I printed from the computer an then added them to a white card blank along with 2 black candi dots.

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