The weather hasn’t been so good today and the rain has returned this afternoon. Friday was spent still moored at the same place while Gary had another go at the engine bay but today we got up and decided to move on. I stood on my tiny back deck for a thousand hours, covered two thousand miles at an underwhelming 2mph and passed through nine hundred and fifty locks. You can have your own space on the site where you can create your own blog. | Powered by WordPress, Living on a Narrowboat: The REAL Cost of a Life Afloat, You can find out more about my discovery day service here, Common Narrowboat Newbie Mistakes And How To Avoid Them Part 2, Common Narrowboat Newbie Mistakes And How To Avoid Them, Form Over Function: The Pros and Cons Of Pretty Narrowboat Ownership, Life After Lockdown And Why Social Distancing Can Be Fun, Fifteen Reasons Why Living On A Narrowboat Is A Bad Idea: Part 2, Fifteen Reasons Why Living On A Narrowboat Is A Bad Idea, Buying A Narrowboat: Tools, Equipment and Security, Buying a Narrowboat: Pre Purchase Tips and Recommendations. But we needed water. We left Great Haywood yesterday morning at 6.30 in the morning. Although they are virtually side by side the railway line runs between them so we had to go up to the road and over the bridge to get there. Leaving Crick in Northamptonshire, he embarks on a voyage of exploration along the canals of the UK, towards his short-term goal of the city of Chester - and all the while not only transforming from a stressed, eternally exhausted and unshaven figure of a man, at the same time developing a penchant for pork pies and bacon sandwiches. That and Gary getting off and helping as and when he could and we slowly descended the flight. Anyway on we went sailing towards the first locks we were to go through. Fradley is the junction of the Trent and Mersey Canal with the Coventry Canal and it does get quite busy at times. She really doesn’t like getting wet. It started by looking at blogs on youtube from The Narrowboat Lad (Dan Brown), Cruising the cut, Saxon and Emma on Narrowboat Zero Gravity and Flow with Mylo. This blog is a three year archive packed with real life stories about my time spent living on a narrowboat with my husband and two young daughters. A bit further down we went over a bridge over the Middlewood Trail. Gary had brought the binoculars with him so we could look across to what we think is Manchester in the distance. It will take a while I think. She’s gone from my life, but will never be forgotten. It wasn’t. After leaving there with a nice new plaster and sling we went into Congleton and found the local Wetherspoon where we went for breakfast. On the left as you travel southwards is the skeleton. After buying a few bits we went back to the boat. And then he went back to help the hire boat. You can find out more about my discovery day service here. We had decided to get as close to Fradley as we could. 6. Eventually we were alongside the narrowboat which turned out to be “Qisma 2” owned by Jan and Alistair, well known bloggers and liveaboards for a number of years. - Designed by Thrive Themes 2 They were really good and she very kindly showed us how it worked. In January 2013 I added a browser-based narrowboat budget calculator to the site. A hire fleet are based just beyond the bridge and they seemed to have quite a few boats out at the minute. The second tunnel has been blocked off and is behind the white car in the picture but you probably can’t see it. Monday, July 05, 2010. During the evening we decided to go for a walk to the pub for a drink. Each blog entry will be displayed both here and on the main site. We cannot move the boat until after I have been to the hospital on Thursday and I have also found that I cannot walk for any long distances at present as it makes my arm hurt. It wasn’t until we sat on our floating home, that we realised living on a narrowboat in England was perfect for a new blog post. Alison Smedley, IWA’s Branch Campaign Officer, spent seven years living on a boat. It’s a combined discovery and helmsmanship training day. Today there weren’t so many boats moving around and we had to do the locks on our own. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of marinas for those who are interested, but I’ve also added hundreds of pages of articles about narrowboats and the ins and outs of life on board. We came to the main ticket office and sat outside to have a drink.We carried on walking up hill again passing the back of the house. You could either dive in and read a random article, or grab yourself one of these free e-books to find out more about narrowboat life. The sun stayed out for a while but eventually the wind and rain drove us back in. Today we were up early again so we set off again down Bagnall Lock and through Alrewas. Rob is quite famous among boaters on this stretch of the canal and seemed to be quite enjoying himself talking to all the boaters he knows. Today we continue that tratition by living on … Here, however, it’s been changed into a footpath as so many are nowadays. Before I tell you more about the site, I would like to offer you a gift to make your search for narrowboat information a little easier. Also, living in a house or a flat can sometimes hold you prisoner; in a boat you're much more in the world. Anyway everything was going fine until about the 4th or 5th lock when I took a tumble. In the meantime I decided to carry on with the blanket I have been crocheting. Source. After about an hour boats started emerging from the tunnel and Chris, the tunnel keeper was checking them off his list as they emerged. Trapped into paying a ridiculous amount every month and trapped in a contract. Just two days time so I arranged for them to pull up next to us and refill when they pass us. It gets better every time we see it.We soon reached Etruria and the first of the 5 Stoke locks. Here's our useful breakdown of typical costs you should consider when deciding to living on a narrowboat. From there we were soon back at the bottom and turning onto the Trent and Mersey Canal and just round the corner was the Harecastle Tunnel where we pulled in to wait to go through.There were two tunnels here at one time but now only one is in use. All I now needed to do was put them together so I set them out trying to find the combination I liked. One day I upload a video review of a mechanics ratchet set and the next, this short, cryptic and completely unexpected video appears. He was earlier than we expected him and Gary was out with the dogs so we quickly got ready and we set off. We went to the fish shop and sat on a wall outside to eat our dinner returning to the boat afterwards.Today we have stayed at the boat. It's the way I choose to write it; if you don't like it, there are many other boating blogs. We had to go and get water this morning even though it was raining. This pub is owned by Neil Morrissey and we were told last year that the food was good but although we went in for a drink then we haven’t visited this year at all. That will be a great help if it all works out. We battled ice and snow, lock closures and low water levels. It was very calm though this morning so didn’t pose a problem. When we got to the top lock the lock keepers told us there were 5 boats going down before us so it was busy. In 2019 we sold our home, gave up our jobs and built our new home, a 57-foot canal narrowboat. We were completely bemused when we realized how much work goes into achieving the perfect balance of keeping a narrow boat comfortable enough to live in through the winter months. / Blog Archive. ‘Living on a boat’ – or more specifically, ‘Living on a narrowboat’. I also added two guides to the site in 2012; Living on a Narrowboat: The REAL Cost of a Life Afloat and Living on a Narrowboat:21 Live Aboard Case Studies. Gaily painted narrowboat sirens lure novice liveaboard boaters onto the rocks of poorly researched decisions. On Sunday, yesterday, we decided to move. When the bus came we got on and in a very short space of time reached Congleton. 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Not long into our time aboard we wrote our first views on the pros and cons of narrowboat life ( … We then carried on through the fifth lock and on through Hem Heath to Trentham Lock.After going through Trentham Lock we soon reached Barlaston where we moored up. My name is Paul Smith. How to live on a narrowboat; residential moorings & continuous cruising. If you remember this is a flight of 12 locks and there is nowhere to moor in between so you have to do them all. How are you at moving it? In fact the pounds are quite shallow so you have to be careful not to go into the side in some of them. Cynthia’s failing health didn’t help. Whilst living on a narrowboat may seem like the ultimate in idyllic lifestyles there are some serious drawbacks, like the constant possibility of dropping your phone in the water . Boating. Narrowboat Blog A blog about my 70' Narrowboat Sirius and anything related to Narrowboats. Blog with a passion or don't blog at all! A bit further down this lane we saw a stile which we thought might go back to the path down to the canal. The costs of living on a narrowboat . You can now subscribe to this blog by email. I have completed the 18 squares required in the instructions. A. There’s two reasons. Clicking on this will open the comment option for you. You can read all about it here. We then walked back to the canal passing over the bridge which is at the junction of the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal. It was lovely. Whenever we’ve gone through the tunnel before we’ve stopped at Westport Lake which isn’t far away but this time we decided to carry on through Stoke and get the lock flight done if possible.On we went passing the familiar sight of the distinctive bottle shaped kilns.We passed through Middleport.And Festival Park.And one boat that has been there for many years and is still there now. Did anyone have the storm the other night? I lived there too. We had travelled 13 miles and gone through 8 locks. The end was near.As we approached the end of the tunnel the doors were opened and we could really see the end.And then we were emerging. In February 2019, during the coldest two weeks of the winter, we cruised south from Chester back to Calcutt Boats. I don’t know how it happened but the ground was very uneven so that probably contributed to it. It’s very nice but can get a bit boring as it’s generally all the same and with deep sides there are no views. It was amazing. We could see the light from the portholes on the side of the tunnel and we had a torch in the roof in front of us. We also talked to a very nice lady who made a few little trinkets and had a small loom to weave scarves and bags. var gcse = document.createElement('script'); On a narrowboat however, the average can drop to around 25,000 litres per year. With the ratchet I could just keep pulling it a bit at a time backwards and forwards with my left hand. We had decided to get as close to Fradley as we could. On the way we saw a little place called the Wonky Pear. I like moving around, living off-grid, in a small space. The RSS feed button is at the top of this post. Bread making is now a joint effort and Gary has had to take over the washing too as I’m unable to. He was helping the Oatcake boat to come up and he very kindly did the lock for us.We arranged for him to come and help us through the Stone locks on Wednesday and hopefully down to Hoo mill lock which is the last lock before Great Haywood. We are constantly working on new design ideas so please keep an eye on the shop as new products could be added at any time! I felt trapped when I was renting. I will do a catch up blog sometime in the future . It”s proven quite popular and over the first six months generated just under 1,000 posts. We got to the hospital and found the minor injuries department where a nurse arranged for an x-ray of my wrist. I don't feel confined in my narrowboat (which also has full size appliances, washing machine, heating etc.! We eventually moored up just outside Bollington at the same place we stopped on the way up. The average house price in London stands at a hefty £606,102 (nearly 17 times the average salary!) We did get slightly concerned in Shardlow when we saw the red light still on but in actual fact the river had come out of flood that morning, so we could continue home. That single day morphed into ten, she flew back to the States for six weeks and then returned with a pile of suitcases and two lugubrious bassets. HOW TO LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG 1. I could really have done with some help at that point as I was working the locks through a haze of pain. There was a police search party down there though who we think were looking for a missing person but we don’t know for certain as they didn’t speak to us. Although there are maintenance costs such as blacking the hull, engine services, general maintenance, moorings fees and licence fees etc. You can walk over the bridge and down a small path and there is a lovely village with a large pond and a small old church. We had decided to get as close to Fradley as we could. My vlog is about my narrowboat life and my experiences. Volunteers to … It beats working every day for a living: So there maybe some sacrifices and you may need to take on a less glamorous and lower paid job, but knowing you are living the dream on your narrow boat everyday will more than make up for being tied to your desk job week in week out. Cynthia persuaded me to do the same. After 13 years of living on a narrowboat I am now living in a cottage in Devon. ... What I have found is that by living on board, a lot of the little things that don't really matter if you are only using the narrowboat occassionally at weekends, suddenly become more important. 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