At 58 feet length, TQ (as we call her) is a steel hull narrow boat built by Colecraft and fitted out by Elton Moss Boatbuilders. Currently based at Aqueduct Marina in Cheshire we're able to cruise some of the most popular waterways in Britain. The Shropshire Union, The Trent and Mersey, The Llangollen Canal, The Four Counties Ring and Cheshire Ring and more.

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).

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Friday, 8 May 2009

Beaten by the weather

Woke up to a dull day with a light wind (not me, the weather) and we decided to press on all the way to Sharpness. Went outside to do the engine checks and the storm clouds were quickly creeping up on us, and it wasn't long before it rained and hailed hard. Hail was bouncing off the roof and under the mushroom vents and falling inside the boat. After it stopped we untied from the cleats and went on our way down the G & S Canal. This is where the wind started to really blow hard. There were white horses on the water and some of the waves were a foot high. Luckily the head wind allowed us some manoeuvrability when we moored at Frampton-on-Severn and it turned out not to be too difficult. Exhaustng journey, though, just because of the wind. Then we strolled into the village, posted a letter and had lunch in The Bell Inn. I had a Steak and Ale Pie with chips and veg, and Lin had a Chicken Club Sandwich, washed down with a couple of pints of Rucking Mole. (spelling is correct) Judging by all the vehicles going by this must be a very wealthy area. Every other car was a new or newish 4 x 4, Merc or BMW, and most of the rest were horse boxes. After lunch we went back to TQ and yes, you've guessed, we crashed.

8.5 miles 0 locks.

Took a few pix today:-

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.

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