Sunday, 9 January 2011

Gas Street Moorings, Birmingham

Why do you usually see signs like this on boats which never seem to move?

Being iced in on a narrowboat is, usually, no big deal unless it goes on for too long. Three weeks and we are beginning to get desperate for a pump-out.

The plan was go go around to Sherborne Wharf on Christmas Eve before the boatyard closed until 4th January, but of course we were iced in so that was out of the question.

Earle said that if we went around while it was closed Brian would open up for us, so around we went - found Brian and he started up the machine only to discover that it was broken !?*!

So, on the 4th the ice is back !?*! though only very thin and not enough to stop us this time. There was a queue (of course) but the deed was done finally and we are OK for another three weeks.

Today we went for a walk down Farmer's Locks to visit Caroline and Curtis, their new Rottweiler/Doberman cross puppy! (don't ask) and watch the Liverpool/MU football match on their super dooper large screen TV. Only we forgot the telephone and they live in one of those flats where you can't get in and the intercom doesn't work any more. So we had to come back to the boat to watch Liverpool lose yet another cup this year.

Now for something completely different. Not a card this time.

I entered this item in a competition and didn't win anything, again.

I made a small box and added a concertina booklet inside using leaf, insect and garden toppers to decorate it. To finish off I added a ribbon to close the box with a bow.

This is a picture of the top of the box with the bow keeping the lid on.

This is one side of the inside.

And this is the other side and the inside of the lid.

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