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.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Biddolph Aqueduct Macclesfield Canal

 The plan, as usual went wrong.  

We had to go to London to attend the funeral of my Auntie Meg.  So we chose to go from Congleton, by train, as the moorings are right by the station.

That was until I found out yesterday that the moorings were closed!  So we had to walk for 15 mins to get to the station, having to cross this by-wash on the way.

Anyway, the trip to London went off without a hitch and by the time we got back it was dark!!  Luckily I had the foresight to take a couple of torches and we traversed the puddles on the stepping stones without getting our feet wet.


A pretty anniversary card using purples and white.  I Cuttlebugged the white panel and matted it onto purple card and then wrapped some purple lace around the bottom.  The picture was matted onto purple and white ward and fixed to the white card blank.  Three purple gems were added to the top right hand corner and a computer generated sentiment was matted and fixed to the bottom of the card, along with 2 small purple gems.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Biddolph Aqueduct, Macclesfield Canal

 We left our moorings at 0715 and got here at 0845, a nice short run, a bit cold first thing, but then the sun came out.

I walked into Congleton, and on the way came to this towpath restriction - nothing from CRT on the internet.  The whole of the towpath and moorings are closed!





And one for the girls.  The pre-coloured image is from the same company as yesterday's Mikey.  I die-cut it and matted it onto a blue die-cut label.

On a white card blank I cut some printed backing paper just smaller than the card and inked the edges.  Some red polka dot paper was stuck across the bottom and a string of gold peel-off covered the join.

The label was added to the card, along with some flowers and a red bow.

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