Sunday, 17 July 2011
Gas Street Basin, Birmingham
An awful of shouting, screaming, crying, death threats and hiding in boats. Never a dull moment in Gas Street Basin.
One little niggle when we were "doing" the Droitwich Canals the other week.
If I can see the next lock I usually walk to it. In this case, I came to this wooden fence with a door.
This is the sign, which is quite acceptable. The only trouble was
The padlock was on the INSIDE and the padlock used a different key. NOT the BW Watermate key.
The lock cottage was totally encased with a wooden fence (those boaters might want to walk around the lock) and I had to walk down the lane past the cottage, over the canal bridge and down the other side to get to the lock.
BW don't give a s*** about boaters yet again.
The only access to the lock is on the left hand side from the bridge, through another gate (thankfully this one wasn't locked).
I made this card the other day for a lady who has just graduated. The original card was by Carole'Anne Sluchinski and you can find her tutorials here and here. I changed the shirt into a blouse and added some black buttons and a pearl necklace and the scarlet and silver were her university gown colours.
On the sentiment I was asked to add two storks carrying babies and two wedding rings as Francis, the recipient, had got married and had both her sons while doing her Masters Degree.
I made another panel for the back (not shown) for the personal sentiments.
On the whole, I was pretty impressed with what I had done and (mainly thanks to Carole'Anne for her great tutorials) so did the recipients.