Sunday, 31 July 2011

EREWASH CANAL TO FRADLEY JUNCTION

After a really good week working on the cromford canal with the WRG must say it was the first time we had left our boat for more than a day since we started and we really did miss it and was glad to get back to GO FOR IT ,Saturday afternoon we stocked up with food and water ready for the off on Sunday we like to take Pete at Langley mill for looking after our boat all week , Sunday morning we left about 8.30am and started our way back down the Erewash canal luckily for us all the locks were full so after 6 and half hours we had made it to Trent lock 11miles 13 lock for us that was a good day , Monday we went as far as Swarkstone which was 9 miles and 6 locks we have moored here a few times , Tuesday we decided to stop just before Burton upon Trent but we still down 9 miles but only 1 lock that night we said we would go to the IWA waterways festival on Friday so Wednesday we set off for Branston which was other side of Burton and we had moored there before and liked the mooring on the way we saw NB spider

George was on but i think he should rename it to this one
Gorgeous George
when we were moored up at Branston we saw quite a few boats going to IWA festival one had some other wrgies on


also while we were moored we did some wildlife

buzzard

very light brown baby rabbit
and a fly pass by the Canadian geese





On Friday we went down to the Iwa festival to have a look around and see some Friends really had a good time , had a good look around below is link to some more photos

this was a great idea


Barry

On Saturday we left Branston and heading for Fradley junction which was 7miles 8 locks and it was another very lovely day on the cut ,here are a couple of other photos

this land rover was on the railway could this be the way to cut down on traffic jams ha ha

Monday, 25 July 2011

cromford canal

last week we were working on the cromford canal with the waterways recovery group
http://www.waterways.org.uk/wrg/ and had a really good time and lots of fun meet a few old friends and met some new one
If you know the Cromford we were working on the gauging narrows at sawmills first job was to cut back a lot of vegetation so we could see the stone walls this photo show the site at start



after a day we got it looking like this

next job was to take down some of the wall which had started to fall down

digging this down to base layer so we could lay a concrete footing

in the wall were some big roots that needed to be removed






some of the guys started to relay the stones to make new wall



we went a couple of nights one was to bowling




the other night we went to the Crich Tramway Village





some of the guys got tried and had to have a rest on site
at the end of the week all of us had a great time we lay ed 20foot+ footing and quite a lot of stone wall was put back up

so now we are heading for our next camp which is on the Montgomery Canal at the end of August
we will be stopping over at Burton which is the Iwa festival but we not going just stopping to say hi to some Friends

here is a link to some more photos of our week on the cromford canal





Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Erewash canal at last

Wednesday 13th July
today we got to Langley mill the end of the Erewash canal the trip up from Trent lock went well
the canal was very clear all the way we could see lots of fish what we notice the lack of rubbish along towpath , we even came across BW dredging the canal ,

Tuesday night we moored up just our side Sandiacre which was nice mooring

Erewash canal

lock 65




other the last week i have taken some other photos

old bedford




Cairn about Jacobite army

next week we are helping out on the Cromford canal

old pages