Tuesday, 15 September 2015

After 2 months silence!!

Well, it is actually two months and one week but who is counting?

We have been fairly busy, had a few emergencies, met up with some good friends and generally had a good time.

We travelled to Kings Norton for their festival weekend and were moored between Sandra on Golden Boyz and Barry and the other Sandra on the Home Brew Boat. Like many weekends the weather wasn't entirely kind but we had a good time with a visit from the Hobbins clan and some fairly good trading. After that we took a trip to Fazeley to meet up with Kit and Mike which was lovely then we turned round and headed back to Digbeth for the Summer Market. This was the first time there had been trading boats there, it wasn't particularly good for sales but very enjoyable socially.

Once that weekend was over we headed back to our moorings. We have a slight leak on Merlin, it is well above the waterline but the wash from Morgana's prop was causing a bit of a problem so we decided leaving Merlin behind was the best idea. We took a short trip to Bentley Bridge for the weekend and then it was back to the moorings again. This time we lifted the engine to try and trace a fairly serious oil leak. It transpired be have a problem with our crankshaft which will need an engine rebuild or a new ( reconditioned) engine. At the moment Morgana is still cruising and we have our fingers crossed.

We decided to venture out to Merry Hill and Stourport Markets, both of which were very successful and are now back at Merry Hill on our way to Tipton Canalfest. We also enjoyed another visit from the Hobbins clan.

Since my last post we have travelled 121.4 miles, 181 locks and 12 tunnels

This year we have travelled  437.4 miles, 479 locks, 3 swing bridges and 23 tunnels

In 2014 we travelled 425 miles, 334 locks, 2 swing bridges,17 lift bridges and 23 tunnels

In 2013 we travelled 459.1 miles, 434 locks, 7 swing bridges, 15 lift bridges and 31 tunnels

In 2012 we travelled 876.9 miles, 675 locks,  55 swing bridges, 22 lift bridges and 31 tunnels

In 2011 we travelled 461.4 miles, 444 locks, 3 swing bridges, 34 lift bridges and 15 tunnels

During 2010 we travelled 740.3 miles, 642 locks, 53 swing bridges, 4 lift bridges and 25 tunnels

Since Ray retired we have travelled 3388.5 miles, 3008 locks, 121 swing bridges, 92 lift bridges and 148 tunnels

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