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Titford Pump House to Worcester August 2009

Police Escort

The Police were looking for someone around the racecourse and we spent a delightful hour (not) with this bl*&^y thing over head

Botterham lock

Botterham lock is a staircase lock and the lower chamber is partialy covered by the bridge, this makes it a very damp and dark place for the steerer when locking down

Looking back into Botterham lock

Back out into the light

Kingfisher spotting

We often see Kingfishers on our travels, but have never managed to get a photo. This may not be the best photo but at least I got one. This time just above Bevere lock.

Sunken Treasure

You often see boats sunk on the banks of rivers, but I was suprised to see a narrowboat just below the surface north of Worceseter

Droitwich Canal

Work on the Droitwich canal is moving on a pace. The entry lock was hardly visible when we last passed at Easter



BCN Explorer Cruise 10th - 17th August 2009

Moonstone heading from Perry Bar

Moonstone entering the Rushall Canal

Moored six abreast at Anglsey Basin

Entering Perry Barr Locks

It is amazing the greenery considering where we are

M6 is just to the left, Perry Bar to the right

Peter Best assures us that he regularly polishes the mushrooms, yeah right !!

Lucky to see one boat here, let alone six in a queue !

Teme Valley

Mooring in the centre of Wolverhampton



Stratford on Avon River Festival July 2009

Avon Chain Ferry operated just upstream from our mooring

The Birmingham Gondola has moved down onto the Avon

Show off steering backwards with his foot !

Sally standing still for a moment

Moored stern to bank

One slip of the rope and we'll all be off down stream

Veiw from the bow looking down the Avon

Our trip back up the South Stratford was halted at Odd Lock

The top mounting was torn out of it's grouting

How many BW staff does it take to repair Odd Lock.

The Answer is actually one, the rest talked on their phones and watched !!!

Lily (Grandaughter) kept me entertained during our extra day at Odd Lock


Stourport Ring April 2009

Snails Pace following us

Granddaughter Lily on her first big adventure

Heading down the Staffs

Beautiful spring morning enjoyed by all

I just love the mist in the morning

Heading out of Kidderminster just about to pass under the Severn Valley railway

Lily ready for her trip down the Severn

Setting off from Stourport, Snail's Pace in pursuit

Matt gives it a bit of welly (8 mph max)

We are being over taken, how dare they !

Bye then

Coming into Worcester is always an impressive sight

Lily is checking if Nana is coming out to play

End of a nice tripped spoiled by bloody fishermen for Snail's Pace

Lucky that we had only gone to the pub and not left the boats for a few days.

Birmingham Anglers could not understand the problem, it was obviously unreasonable for a boat wanting to stop at a water point and the "Angler - Wan$%r" - whatever" was just making a statement !!!