Saturday, 31 March 2007
All the wood that we collected on the way back from Marple has been sawn and chopped into neat kindling or logs and is ready for next winter.
And I washed all the towels that David uses for his man-jobs. They have to be washed on their own as they are usually covered in oil or black gunky stuff.
I am going to have to take all the curtains down and wash them too - but I'll put them off as long as possible as I hate having to sew all the buttons back on when they go back up.
I also managed to get in another day of shopping in.
Someone on the towpath once said to David that "It was a good life - you don't do nothing." Well I don't if I can help it. Oh! you noticed!!
Two pictures of cards today. Both Halloween cards. I love making them, but I don't know anyone who sends them and I certainly never have.
Friday, 30 March 2007
David washed the boat (no excuses about it being painted soon so no need).
My job was to go down town and check that all the shops were in the right place - which they were, of course.
Unfortunately for you, while we are on our moorings there is not much for me to write about.
Joe and the gang, from Second City Cruises had put up the curtains that I had made for their new trip boat and they looked good, even if I say so myself.BOGOF sale on the towpath.
This card is made with a silk pansy, gold waste ribbon and gold handmade paper on a blue card.
Thursday, 29 March 2007
Wednesday, 28 March 2007
So, how do you get past this lock?
Tuesday, 27 March 2007
Then we moored out in the countryside again, but even so the M6 was not far away and you could hear the rumble of traffic.
The photograph of the nesting moorhen was taken beside the Bishop of York's Palace on the River Ouse. This bird is nearly as batty as the one who keeps nesting by the Gaol at Reading.
Monday, 26 March 2007
We got to Great Heywood Junction at 0945 and I popped into the farm shop for more goodies (jams, cakes, fresh bread etc).
Sunday, 25 March 2007
We could not get to David's nephew's wedding last December so I made this card to send. I used the punched out hearts from the border down the side and rub-on lettering. Unfortunately the pretty white and blue paper behind the star does not show up very well in the photograph.
Saturday, 24 March 2007
I love this card. The look on the goalies face shows pure terror!
Friday, 23 March 2007
This is a "congratulations" card for a new baby, the scan isn't too good but it is a coloured photograph of a cygnet and a soft, downy swan's feather.
Thursday, 22 March 2007
This is a card that was made for a Birmingham City Fan ("No!" you say).
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
We must have had a fairly heavy frost last night as the canal was frozen over when we woke up. But the sun soon began to melt it, but not before an Alvechurch hire-boat had broken up all the ice. Talking to them at the top of the locks David discovered that they had an electrical problem and had had no heating overnight - icicles on the inside!! We left them waiting for an engineer.
After we moored up here I walked to Congleton railway station and caught a bus into the town. I have still been unsuccesful in buying a Canals and Rivers magazine which should have published David's review of the narrowboat Golden Cross, a hotel boat with a difference run by John and Kathryn Hackett. They are both comitted Christians and run holidays for people who cannot afford to pay for a holiday.
Tuesday, 20 March 2007
David set off at 0600 this morning while I stayed in bed until a more civilized hour. The wind was bitterly cold but the sun was warm if you could get out of the wind. He was quite relieved to moor up and thaw out. Three Alvechurch boats came up the locks, hope they weren't planning to do the Cheshire Ring, there is still a blockage at Marple.
I have booked the Harecastle Tunnel for Friday - so there shouldn't be any trouble there.
I am having trouble with uploading my posts. They look really good in the preview, but when they get uploaded they don't look the same. What am I doing wrong?
A "shaker" card for a new baby, the tiny nappy pins are loose in a flat box with an acetate front. This box is then fixed to the card with an aperture. When you shake the card the nappy pins move around.
Monday, 19 March 2007
This is a card that I made for our friend Julia who was about to have an operation on her shoulder.
No opting for the steering now when there are locks to be done!!!
Sunday, 18 March 2007
The weather was supposed to have been good today with snow tomorrow!! What did we get? Lots of hail showers with sunshine and blue skies in the middle. Consequently we have not travelled very far as we "don't "do" wet or cold".
At around lunchtime we were disturbed by the North Cheshire Cruising Club racing to a point further along the canal and then racing back to their moorings. We can't criticise them too much as we need to use their moorings tomorrow when the windows come out. Suffice to say that one or two of them did slow down and most waived as they went past!!!
A thirtieth Birthday Card with a model motorcycle fixed on the front. This card was presented in a decorated box.
Friday, 16 March 2007
A stamped, embossed and hand coloured dragonfly mounted onto handmade paper on a lilac coloured card
Thursday, 15 March 2007
We had a very expensive BW DIY pumpout at 12.40! It was cheaper to get someone to do it for us at Caggies!! That is our thanks from BW for demonstrating against the cuts - they double all the services!!
Wednesday, 14 March 2007
So we got to the tunnel and there were three boats already there. David spoke to the BW operative and was told that we needed to book, there were notices everywhere, and that we were very lucky there were other boats there, and that you have always had to book in Winter....
Harecastle has always been my least favourite tunnel, mainly because the first time we did it no-one had told us that they shut the doors on you and then they set off this awful howl of the turbines and all the fumes go flying in front of you; really eerie. Anyway we went in the tunnel, following Roach at 0830 and were out the other side by 0900 I also got the ironing done!
It was lovely to be back on the Macclesfield Canal again, we haven't been up here for three years. It must be one of the prettiest canals and all those beautiful stone bridges... We were amazed to see so many unlicensed boats though; is there no Patrol Officer along here?
We moored at Biddulph Aqueduct, just past Congleton (but within walking distance of the shops by The Queen's Head). This must be one of the most breathtaking moorings in the country (see photo). It is a pleasure to do the washing up with a view like that outside.
Tuesday, 13 March 2007
A card for the owners of a new boat (makes a change from a new house card anyway)
Monday, 12 March 2007
Noticed a new canalside building site - McCarthy and Stone are building apartments for the over 50's (maybe I'll get to end my days beside the cut after all?). They have put in some nice new piling but I don't suppose we'll be able to moor there.
Just before it got dark the coal boat nb Roach arrived, after John had moored we joined him and some friends in The Star. I can't remember the last time I was in a pub.
The DEFRA Cuts Protest Meeting in Birmingham last November
The card I have just made to send to Caroline in Australia. She will be 28 on the 22nd March (where does the time go?). I cannot take any credit for this card - it came from Lakeland Limited - I just stuck the cat on the back sheet and the sentiment on the front. The difficult bit was threading the beads onto the elastic thread as the holes were a bit small.
Sunday, 11 March 2007
This baby card was made by knitting the shape and then putting the stitches onto halved cocktail sticks (it's easier doing it that way than trying to knit with the cocktail sticks!!). A bead is then stuck on the blunt ends of the sticks.
Saturday, 10 March 2007
The card was made for a fellow moorer in Gas Street Basin, I removed the age numbers before she received it so as not to upset her.
Friday, 9 March 2007
Tixal Wide at Sunset
Left at 0745 for a four hour cruise to Tixal. We stopped at the offices of River Canal Rescue to pay our dues, but no-one answered the door. Trever had promised us a cup of coffee if we called in!
Tixal was fairly empty and we managed to slot in between a boat and a fisherman (the excuse was that we needed the clear sight for the satellite dish).
I walked into the village and then to the farm shop at the junction for provisions and a stock up of goodies.
A lovely day, though the wind was chilly.
And a card for a boy