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, 30 December 2016

And we're back in the marina.

Looked out of the window this morning and yes there was ice on the cut but it looked fairly thin, almost slushy. I thought this'll be alright, huh! It was about 6 to 8mm thick in places. Once you've started you have to press on in the hope that it isn't going to get worse.

When we got back to base we strolled into Droitwich to do some very important shopping. Lucy will appreciate it later.

The ice on the cut past the marina is up to 16mm thick that's 5/8" and it looks like a boat has been through it!

While we were out we popped in to the Gardeners again for lunch, and again we were not disappointed.

The fog has come down thick again this afternoon, time to chill out by the fire.

Hardly any ice here in the marina.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

More ice!

I've just taken a look, I SAID LOOK outside, and guess what; yeah, that's right, it's all iced up again. ARRRRRRGH!

It was really warm earlier, it just goes to show, you can't trust the weather.

Iced in!

We stayed put today, no other boats have passed to break the ice, so we decided to wait until tomorrow when temperatures have risen. Even as I write this the ice is melting so hopefully it'll be all systems go for tomorrow.

I went for a walk this afternoon, back to Oddingley via the road and then along the cut back to TQ. It took about an hour.

Lucy's feeling the cold...

She couldn't get any closer to the stove if she tried.

It's foggy, man.

It's going to be another lovely day.

Now you see it...

...Now you don't.
And ICE!


Lucy's had her breakfast...

More zeds!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Good morning!

What a lovely sunrise, it's going to be a nice day.


Whoa! Ice on the cut!

Chilly, isn't it?

Just wanted to update:-
We have moved again, not far, to somewhere near Shernal Green. At least we can get a weak TV signal here and we managed to speak to Lin's parents in Spain via Skype after some faffing about.


Doing her other favourite pastime.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

We have moved out of the marina.

Yes we have actually moved, but not far, three locks and about three miles to the winding hole at Tibberton then back to Oddingley.

...and here we are.

A cold frosty morning with no wind and a low hazy sun shining through the bare trees paints an atmospheric picture.

Wintry Sun.

We're well out in the sticks and there's been more people walking past here than we get in the centre of Birmingham.

And there's more!

Lucy's moved too, it's warm in front the fire.

Shooting the zeds again.
And she's just moved again...

...and yet more zeds!
One day I'll catch her awake with a bit of luck.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Ahh! Christmas Day.

We're still in the marina and not planning on going anywhere today.
Christmas lunch is on its way and it smells delicious.

Still in the marina, until tomorrow.

Smoke on.

After two breakfasts, Zedsville. 
Merry Christmas everyone.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

It's been a lovely day today...

...walked into Droitwich again and after a bit of last minute shopping Lin fulfilled her promise to take me in the Old Cock Inn...   ...   ...for a pint. And a very nice pint it was too, Wychwood Bah Humbug, an unusually spiced ale of smooth characature.

Then we strolled over to The Gardeners Arms, another fine establishment, where we had lunch and another pint.
Lin had the Gardeners Wives Lunch (posh for ploughmans), and I had steak and ale pie chips and veg. I was disappointed with the pie, as it was one of those bowls of meat with a puff pastry topper, hate that, BUT, I have to say it was delicious, nice tender chunks of steak in a rich ale gravy.

Strolled (staggered) (no, strolled) back to the boat and cleared out the ash pan, disposed of the rubbish and loaded up the coal scuttle for the evening.

Lucy's had her tea...

Zzzzzzzz           Zzzzzzzz.

I might have a drop of this with my supper later...

A spot of last minute shopping.
Gota be dun annit.
...for medicinal purposes you understand.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Two good days.

Yesterday we walked up to the Eagle and Sun and met our friend of old Anne and we had a lovely carvery. A choice of meats, beef, turkey, pork and ham were on offer and we could mix and match, and a huge choice of vegetables, as much as we could eat plus a free sweet for the over sixties, at £8.95 each, can't be bad.

Today we strolled into Droitwich to do a bit of shopping and we had planned to go in the Old Cock for a pint but when we had finished the shopping it was still a bit too early so we have postponed it until tomorrow.

This afternoon I got stuck into changing the 12 volt socket and 13 amp socket...

The new TV is 12 volts DC and 240 volts AC so whilst in the marina and plugged into the shoreline we can use the 240v adaptor and when out on the cut we can use the 12v car adaptor - simples. Also there are two USB sockets for charging your whatever.


She's actually snoring! Happy days.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Fully loaded

What a day, we loaded up the car and trailer with new stuff for TQ and hauled it all up the M5 to the marina.
The new fridge took up most space and as I couldn't get it in the car it had to go in the trailer along with three bags of logs and two bags of coal. It all arrived safely and now we have the new fridge installed and working.

There's also a new TV...

And a new deck board...

It fits a treat.

Other jobs to do are to change the 12 volt supply socket so the TV can be plugged in and fit a replacement 13 amp socket with twin USB charging sockets.

So far, TQ is looking good!

Oh! And Lucy? 

Doing the usual.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Busy morning, and a long journey home.

What a day, spent the morning polishing TQ and painting the port side gunwale and down to the waterline, filled the water tanks, pumped out and dieseled, then the journey home.

Left Droitwich at 3:30pm arrived home 7:50pm, should've taken two hours, the M5 was a car park.


Home again, Zzzzzzzz. 

Thursday, 26 May 2016

And back to base

Just a short journey back to the marina, but before we got going an Anglo-Welsh hire boat went hooning past us and met a Canal Club boat head on in the nearby bridge 'ole. Unfortunately the CC boat came off worse and plunged into the hedge to avoid a collision.

A lovely quiet journey back, no wind but dull which is ok. TQ is now back on her moorings and polished up to the nines, and we're off to the pub.

We strolled along the canal to the Eagle and Sun, and ordered salmon fIllet and I had a 12oz steak cooked to perfection, washed down with a pint of Doom Bar.

On our way to the Eagle and Sun.
Back on board now, and we vacate the premises tomorrow, but not before some more work is done.

Lucy? I don't think she realised we've been out...

More zeds.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Shortest day. 80 feet, 0 locks.

Spent most of the morning replacing some fuel hoses which were seeping a little diesel. First I had to turn off the fuel supply from the tank, that was no problem, just turn off the valve, but the return doesn't have a valve on it and if you disconnect a hose the fuel will syphon out of the tank. Aarrgghh! That's what I bought the clamp for earlier in the week, so that I could squeeze the hose to shut off the fuel. Trouble is, I couldn't squeeze it tight enough so some assistance from a pair of water pump pliers and a cable tie came to the rescue. I was able to change three hoses altogether, but there are more that will need changing later in the year.

New hose conforming to ISO7840.

And another.
 Spent the rest of the day polishing the paintwork. Used my new machine for this and made much lighter work of it. The paint was bad, really bad. Even T Cut was hard pressed to remove the oxydisation from the surface. Once the whole side was T Cut and cleaned off, I went over it with some carnauba wax polish.

You can really see the difference in this photo.
 Some grass cutting contractors came by and said they would leave the grass uncut next to TQ, so I said I would move up to a freshly cut area so that they could cut the bit where TQ was moored later when they came back. Hence the 80 feet and 0 locks.

TQ looking shiny and with a freshly cut lawn.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The longest day. 18.5 miles, 24 locks.

We left our moorings at 8:20 in brilliant sunshine and headed into Stourport. Through York Street Lock and onto the CaRT facilities for water. Once filled we proceeded through the "drive through" marina, and turned left toward the first of two pairs of staircase locks.

Stourport Basin

Just entered the second chamber of the first staircase locks.

Waiting for the lock to empty.

Almost empty.
 Finally we were on the River Severn, and what a contrast to the last time when we came up, cold, wet and miserable, but this time warm, bright and sunny.

Approaching Holt Lock on the Severn

A Typical Severn scene.
One of the few bridges.

There are some nice houses along the banks, this one is at the
entrance to the Droitwich Barge Canal.

Looking back up the Droitwich Barge Canal as we passed.

Approach to Bevere Lock.

I couldn't resist this photo.

The Severn Railway Bridge in Worcester.

Worcester Cathedral above Severn Bridge (if that's what it's called)

Just for laughs.

Bits revealed.
We found a nice quiet spot to moor near Bridge 25, it's not far from the motorway and we can't hear it at all.

Lucy's had a belly full of tuna...

More tomorrow...

Monday, 23 May 2016

Visitor moorings between Bridges 26 and 27 to a spot between Bridges 9 and 10.

Achieved a lot today, although again not traveled a great distance, it was a day of two halves. The first half got us into Kidderminster where we moored under the Church...

A prime photo spot is this, I tell thee.
Some shopping was done (don't be surprised) by us both. Lin bought two waterproof coats for us in the hope that there will be no more rain, and some steak and a disposable BBQ.

I bought a clamp (£2.99 in The Range), all will become clear in the next few days, and a power polishing mop. TQ's paint is really dull, it's the worst I've seen it, I've tried to polish it by hand but it's such hard work, I'll be here 'til Christmas.

We moved out to a mooring between Bridges 9 and 10, dropped the hooks in and got down to some polishing. Well that's the machine for the job, one whole side done with T-Cut. I'll put some carnauba wax on tomorrow. Looking good.

Just a cheap one from Argos, but does the job admirably.
More tomorrow...