Snow far …

A few pics from Venetian Marina today.


Dawn. Just poked camera through the front door – too cold to venture outside!
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Virgin train passing from Chester towards Crewe (right).
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White road and narrowboats at Pontoon B.
Snow beginning to stick again on foredeck.
One way to combat the beast from the east.
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Blasted fields to the east. Beyond the trees on the horizon is Crewe, and, further away, the Peak District in the Axe Edge area – you can’t see it from this low down.
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Ann odd snow-free circle.

I suspect we’ve had less snow here because we’re in the shadow of the Pennines, in terms of precipitation, with the rude wind’s wild lament hurrying the bitter weather towards Snowdonia.

At first sight this looks rather crowded, but most of the boats are for pleasure, with only about 15 / 100 residential.



Boat warming

I have been for a little while the proud owner of an Ecofan.  A bit esoteric, I know, and not something my boatmen ancestors would have known about, or needed.  They lived in a cabin about ten feet long.  I know I am supposed to translate imperial to metric measures, but how many of you have metre-long feet?!

So, for those of you who are not boaters, what, exactly, is an Ecofan?  Well, here is an image. Continue reading “Boat warming”

Getting my stove in order

Now that winter is in full swing having some radiant heat is an improvement on the more general heat that my fan heaters provide.  Really, it’s something of luxury, especially as mains electricity is included in the mooring fee.  Nonetheless, it was worthwhile getting the stove in full working order.

This is what I “inherited”.  A bit rusty on top, almost no fire bricks and no throat plate.  I had used it, but when the rope seal in the inside of the door fell off, I thought it best to get it sorted out.

Enter Dave the engineer at Venetian.  But first, the weather:

And now …

Give it up for Dave!

Travels on Shanks’s Pony

Here are a few pictures from recent walks.  On Friday I decided to walk all the way to Nantwich along the cut, which, at a relaxed pace, took just two hours.  It was not a great day for photography, but was a pleasant outing.

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Hedge laying on the Middlewich Branch.

At Barbridge Junction I turned left (east) towards Nantwich. Continue reading “Travels on Shanks’s Pony”

A Venetian Postcard

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In Venetian Marina: Whiskey Mac mainly pale yellow.

Well, I finally moved on board on 1 November, a lovely day.  Most of the boats are in leisure moorings, so it’s much quieter than it might appear.  In the background the Crewe to Chester railway crosses over the Shropshire Union Canal, and I had feared that the trains would be noisy.  As it turns out I don’t really notice them much, except that some cause the TV signal to break up for a second or so. Continue reading “A Venetian Postcard”