TRANQUILITY IS A SELF MANAGED SHARE BOAT
Our friendly Syndicate decided to go down the Self Management route on 1st March 2012 and so far it has been very successful. Please visit the other pages in this blog to see the new Web Site and if shares are available for sale. (There'll not be many). I CAN CONFIRM THERE ARE SHARES CURRENTLY FOR SALE!
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Sunday, 17 May 2009
Saturday, 16 May 2009
This is the reason the mooring bollards are getting loose and some already have "Do not use " notices on them.
Approach to Wast Hill Tunnel (North Portal)
A narrow boat covered in concrete!
This is our mooring for our last night
I'll blog again tomorrow...catch up with us then.
Friday, 15 May 2009
Thursday, 14 May 2009
A view along the Tardebigge Flight
We had an interesting experience on the way here, at Kings Norton Junction a working boat pushing a mud hopper found himself jammed in the junction as he was bit too long to go around in one go and the wind direction wasn't helping either. He asked if I could nudge his mud hopper around so that it pointed into the Stratford Canal. No problem, and I carefully touched the side of the hopper and then applied a lot of shove but it wouldn't move, so he reversed back a little and I tried again this time with success, and he went on his way a happy chappie.
Sorted - Got him out of a pickle, happy to be of assistance.
The view from TQ across Gas Street Basin this evening.
We'll move out to Symphony Court tomorrow if we can, but first we'll have to do a recce on foot to see if there's a space.
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Seen in Astwood Locks, six canoes tied in pairs and full of school kids...entering the lock!...this rings alarm bells to me, but who am I to question it.
Six locks left to go and at the first I spotted this lovely garden. Someone had made a really good effort to create something nice out of what could have been a piece of waste land.
A super little garden
We moored up between the Queens Head Inn and Tardebigge Bottom Lock ready for the flight tomorrow morning, and because the weather forecast is bad - very bad - early. (How early? I'll let you know tomorrow).
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Its a floating dry dock, a boat within a boat.
In Lowesmoor Basin.
Offerton Top Lock. That's the M5 ahead on the bridge, the noise is horrendous
Can you see my reflection or is it my ghost? TQ shines nicely.
At The Bridge
We went in The Bridge tonight for a meal. Lin had Chicken and Mushroom Pie, and I had a Sirloin Steak. Very well done for me, and it was spot on. A very friendly pub, I'd recommend it, and they serve real ale too.
Monday, 11 May 2009
Our current berth. Note the gantry I reversed in through. And I never touched the sides
A sea of narrow boats in Lowesmoor Basin
Sunday, 10 May 2009
...And this is where we're going
Much of the Severn is like this, you can't see over the river bank or the hedges. this is what makes it a bit boring. But would I rather be at work? Remember Tewkesbury in the news last year about the floods? The picture below shows the water treatment plant that very nearly flooded.
Tewkesbury water treatment plant. The bridge was built in 1825.
Waiting for the green light at Upper Lode Lock
Lin sporting her new lifejacket.
Its been a nice day weatherwise with some warm sunshine. The forecast for tomorrow is more sunshine but high winds and later in the week heavy rain and high winds. Oh! well.
Saturday, 9 May 2009
This is what much of Sharpness looks like
And this is the view across the estuary
After we filled with water at Sharpness, I had to do an unusual maneovre to get TQ away from the quayside because the wind was holding us against it. First I had to tie the bowline to a post on the quayside and release all other lines. then engage forward gear and full rudder to move the stern out into the canal with the bow pressed against the quay. When TQ was about 90 degrees to the quay Lin released the bowline, jumped on board and I engaged reverse gear and pulled away from the quay. About 30 feet out I engaged forward gear and full rudder and proceeded back toward Gloucester.
Friday, 8 May 2009
Our current location
Some of those boats behind us must owe BW a large fortune!
The thing is BW don't say how long you can stay!
Former Cadbury's Wharf at Frampton - now its a mill
Frethern Swing Bridge, Frampton-on-Severn
Going back a bit, when we were in Gloucester Dock two fellas who helped us moor up (many thanks) asked if we were going down the Bristol Channel. "WHAT? You've got to be jesting". Apparently a group are gathering to go down the Bristol Channel to Avonmouth and then under Brunels Bristol Suspension Bridge through Portway into Bristol Docks and presumably up the Kennet and Avon. They're waiting for a window in the weather situation to make the trip. What a way to go, and what a long wait they're going to have. Lin says she'd love to do a trip up the Avon and she always looks out for boats when we (often) drive over Avonmouth Bridge on the M5. Not in TQ, though.
Thursday, 7 May 2009
They raised Llanthony Bridge for us
This is the view from TQ - port side. Its a Maltsters where grain is turned into malt for the brewing industry
Looking back to Llanthony Bridge...
...and look at the shine on TQ...
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Waiting for Lock 2 to fill
View of Diglis Basin
Another view of Diglis Basin
On to the Severn and its wide and at this time of year flowing slowly. Our first river lock is only half a mile away and we hold back and wait for the lock keeper to give us the green light. There are two locks here and we had the big lock all to ourselves. its very gentle and takes a fair while to empty, and then its only about three feet difference in level. Once out its about fifteen miles to Tewkesbury where the next lock is and the River Avon joins the Severn. Its very quiet, the river is dotted with the occasional club moorings and full of white cruisers af all shapes and sizes. We only saw four boats on the move during the whole journey, and three were narrowboats. At Wainlodes Hill the water was really rough being whipped up by the strong wind, but I managed to take a photo of the Red Lion as we passed. This was one of our first caravan trips in our early days, and they still have their caravan site today. As we passed Upper Parting where the river splits, I rang Gloucester Lock to confirm our arrival and to ensure the lock would be ready for us when we arrived. We shared the lock with a cruiser and it was plenty large enough for possibly six narrow boats. Once in the dock we headed over to the pontoons to moor up.
Massive lock gates at Diglis River lock
The Red Lion Wainlodes Hill
Cliffey Wood, a scene from the Severn
We reached Gloucester Dock at around 16:40hrs and moored up on the pontoon right outside Dr. Foster's (who went to Gloucester).
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Later we took a stroll down to Diglis Locks. A lot of development has been happening here and it all looks a bit too new but its been done sympathetically and I'm sure it will improve with age. (A bit like me really).
I've been collecting wood on the way down and I needed a saw to cut it up with, so into Wickes and picked up a pruning saw which folds up like a very large pocket knife. Lin spotted Staples next door so we went into there for some photo paper for laser printers. You can't use ink jet photo paper in laser printers.
Today we've traveled 6 miles, 13 locks.
All the following pictures are taken with our new Canon Power Shot A470.
Our current mooring at The Commandery
Narrow boat approaching Diglis Bottom Lock
Which way shall we go?
The size of these locks is a bit daunting, they're huge.
Two boats swap places between the locks
Tomorrow morning we make passage through these locks onto the River Severn and turn to port (left for you land lubbers) and head for Sharpness. Lin reckons we can get to Gloucester tomorrow. I reckon we can get to Tewkesbury. We'll see.
As an aside, since we've moored here the Police and Ambulances have been up and down the whole time with all sirens blazing. Its now 22:00hrs and they're still wailing on and on. Hope we can sleep tonight, its one of the noisiest places we've moored for a long while.
Monday, 4 May 2009
How about this then... Two British Waterways guys made enquiries with us about low water in the pounds through Stoke Prior. They'd had a report that a pound was so empty boats were aground and listing. We had no problems but one pound was about three inches down, nothing to worry about. They went on their way and we caught up with them again at Stoke Bottom Lock. They kindly opened the lock gate for us and watched while Lin steered straight past some hire boats moored three abreast, through a short narrow dog leg into the lock, quickly I might add, and never touched the sides. The BW guys were most impressed, and I bet that'll stick in their minds for some time. She made a right cods up of the next lock, just as well no-one was watching.
More blogging tomorrow...
Sunday, 3 May 2009
Anyway, had a good but exhausting trip down the Tardebigg flight, and we're moored for the night between Lock 29 and the Queens Head Inn.
I'll try to find a way to post some pictures soon.