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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Monday, 1 February 2010

Monday freezing morning...

...and everyone's at work back home and here we are frozen in. There was ice on the inside of the windows this morning. We're having to hole up for the day and hopefully tomorrow the ice may have melted some and we're able to make our way to Gas Street Basin. Heavy rain is forecast for the next few days - Oh! well, you can't have everything.

Smoke on...GO! (It's a Red Arrows thing)

Sun up.

Approximately 16.327mm depth of snow

We had lunch in the Hopwood House, something we said we'd never do again after the last time, but it was quite a better experience this time. We had Beef Goulash and very nice it was too. After lunch we decided to take a chance with the ice on the canal and see if we could get to Gas Street Basin. Departing from our mooring was difficult as the ice wouldn't let us point the bow out into the middle of the cut. A few stabs at the ice with the "Bargee Kev" (like Bills but mine) soon had us on our way. So, on through Wast Hill Tunnel and we met some BW guys working on the bank. They were pleased to see us as they had tried to get their equipment on the move but were unable to due to their square fronted hopper/ butty  being unable to penetrate the ice.

When we arrived at Kings Norton Junction we could see in the distance a camera crew filming. We came closer to realise it was Alan Herd of Narrow Boat Afloat fame, the TV series. Remember Dover? We had a chat about the ice as we passed through, and the film crew kept filming us as we ploughed on towards Birmingham.

Arrived at the water point opposite The Cube at around 16:30hrs and filled with water, and then through the Worcester Bar which marks the end (or beginning) of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, and the beginning (or end) of the BCN. We moored up at 17:00hrs under the watchful eye of the CCTV camera just inside Oozells Loop. Its very quiet here.

Ice - 40mm thick where we moored last night

Edgebaston Tunnel - Look no ice!

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