Sunday, 15 May 2011

Gas Street, Birmingham

 We had a 5.30 and began the Wolverhampton 21 at 6.45.  A nice smooth ascent to lock 11 before the locks were against us, but we met a boat coming down in lock 9.  We were at the top for 9.45.

It being a Sunday -mobile cafe at lock 10 - so no bacon and egg butties today.

This moorhen chick was a bit lost at one of the locks.  No sign of any parents.  It was all legs and feet.

On to Factory Locks, and again we were in luck; a boat was just coming out of the top lock as we arrived.

The rest of the journey is always a bit tedious, especially the long straight bit where you can see the office blocks by the moorings in front and they never seem to get any closer.  But we were eventually back on our moorings as the clock in Brindleyplace struck 2. 

We did 496 miles, 375 locks, 51 swing bridges, 3 lift bridges and 28 tunnels (not counting any locks or bridges opened for us by others!).

I began this card with a pink card blank.

The picture of roses was matted onto silver mirror card and then onto white card.  I trimmed the corners with an inverse curve and stuck it onto the card towards the left hand side of the card.  I added four gems at each corner.  Then I cut a scalloped border in bright pink card and fixed it by the side of the picture.

The sentiment was a rub-on and the "mum" I added to a piece of card and fixed it with sticky fixers.  The finish off I added butterfly in the bottom right hand corner.

Inside, I trimmed the bottom edges of the insert with a daisy trim punch and added another butterfly in the bottom right hand corner.

I left the insert blank 'cos if you put a mushy one in the customer will want a sassy one, and vice versa.

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