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  1. Brillant thanks. We've decided to go for it. What will be will be. Guess it will be a nice quiet weekend anyway.
  2. Check out Diglis bottom lock 5 photos down! http://www.itv.com/news/central/2014-02-10/flooding-pictures-midlands-submerged/ This lock always felt a long way down to me when i've been in it. Whats that at the lowest about 8 or 10 feet!? I've grown up in the area and went to college at the Tech right next to the river so i've seen some floods but this looks like the worst. I think we're going to head towards Worcester for a bit but if it looks a bit silly we'll head back up to black prince and turn there. I'm quite happy to just have a little pootle for our first run out in a while.
  3. Thanks all. Should have said other than the G&S this is our most used bit of canal so I do know where I want to go but even though we've been up in high water before this is totally unpresidented. I do know the sports field floods sometimes as you go out of worcs so I wondered if this would be an issue. We will be driving up from Glous and might need to stop in the city (if we can get in the city) so I supose we can always have a look at it from the other end before we leave.
  4. So I haven't been on the boat for more than a day since we moved off a year and a half a go but now we have 4 days spare. We'd be leaving from Droitwich marina this weekend but i wondered if we can actually get anywhere. It looks like tardebigge is shut for work. Droitwich I'm guessing we wouldn't get under the bridge at the moment so that leaves heading down to Worcester. Is there any point, would we get there? Does anyone know what the basin like? I've been sick most of January so it will be nice to get out the house and just have a change of scenery but I'm starting to think we're not going to get anywhere.
  5. Apparently another boat got into trouble at Worcester the other day too. Not sure which day it was but my parents came past the railway bridge to see a narrowboat tied to the middle pillar and a dingy they assume rescuing people from it. When they came back from where they went there was no sign of anyone there.
  6. Maybe the guy had been moored on the pontoon and decided to try and take cover up on the canal or round in that basin bit and couldn't get control of his boat once he'd untied.
  7. My boyfriend moved aboard with me when he was 18 (I was 28) but it was my boat and he just came and lived with me. Think it was a bit of a shock to start with but he's got used to it.
  8. That sounds like such a good idea. In this weather as well you could put a box under a hedge somewhere with a jumper or blanket that smells of you in. Then hes got a bit of shelter too.
  9. From the picture looking at the other side the boat is already going up and over. Once its got some weight on there it will push the orange sausages down. We were supposed to go up the Severn Thurday this is cancelled now. We were going to go up the avon instead but thats heading into the red to. Stupid rain.
  10. Hopefully with it being the weekend there will be more people about and someone can reunite you.
  11. Theres a couple of sheep down the road. They might do. I've been out and swapped around some of the pipe fenders and rope fenders that i've got and I seem to have stopped the squeaking! The wind is still going for it so hopefully I might get some sleep tonight now.
  12. Just been past the river and it is very high. (i'm rubbish guessing measurements but it must be about 10ft higher than two days ago) High tide combined with the wind pushing the tide up even further. I would not go out on the river in that! Edit - I am a big scaredy cat though.
  13. Your the second person to surgest that. Might have to give it a try. Need something instant!! Hope it doesn't make it worse lol.
  14. That's a good idea. Could do with something more instant though as I wouldn't get to go look for motorbike tyres till maybe sunday. Could do with something to stop me going mental now. I wonder if rapping some material round them might help.
  15. We did have a couple of car tyres but then the boat was to far from the side!
  16. During yesterday as the wind go up my rope fenders started squeaking against the metal side of the canal. It's driving me nuts!! Is there anything I can do to stop it? I do have some rubber pipe fenders but they don't keep the boat far enough from the side as theres some bolts sticking out. (supposed to be there) this is my home mooring so we moor here alot.
  17. Luckily no where for the crew to get off by the wall in Gloucester although yes still better to get the stern on first. Same when you get in the locks to. Our boat doesn't seem to fit well between any of the wire to put the ropes around so we usually end up on one.
  18. If you get to the lock before its open try to get on the chains furthest from the lock. If the lock has to empty theres is quite a flow of water that comes down. Even on the furtest chains you'll feel it. I'd imagine theres alot more water in the river now than last time I came down there was quite alot of debris just under the water particularly at the parting just before gloucester. If this is the case the lock keeper at tewks should tell you about it. Someone caught it the other week and it spun his boat round. mooring in the docks i'd rather moor just through the bridge on the left or on the pontoons in the dock. I usually end up mooring by Sainsburys but it can be pretty noisy down there with people doing donughts over by the cinema and noisy people walking past.
  19. Gordons Narrowboat Services. - Qualified engineer with many years engine experience. Website under construction. Email - [email protected] phone - 07891092191 Engine services, leaks, boat safety work, stove fitting. Usually works around Gloucester and Worcestershire. Also makes beautiful maintenance free roof boxes. Heres one of his boxes on a mock boat roof. Will have loads more photos when we get the web site up and running.
  20. Awww!!! Thats so good to see! I've walked this stretch a fair few times recently. So good to see boats on it! Gutted I missed it.
  21. Chickadee

    3G problem

    I use my iphone on 3 as a dongle. Sometimes its fantastic sometimes it drops out every 5 minutes and sometimes I have to close the connection down and restart it to get it to work even though it says its connected. Its so random when it happens I've joked to the bf that its 3 stopping me from watching to much Netflix.
  22. I would not recomend stopping by tesco. We tried to moor up there when I was towing another boat and got very stuck for a good 20 minutes. Sainsburys seemed ok we stopped there for lunch when we'd given up with Tesco. Although to be honest all the way through the center of kiddy i don't think i've ever seen so many day time drinkers on the cut. We didn't have to go far out of Kiddy to find somewhere a bit nicer to moor though. Its hard to judge times to anywhere as I was going super slow towing.
  23. One thing that does worry me about the Cotswold Canals resoration is the missing railway bridge at Stonehouse Ocean. This doesn't feature in the first phase of the restoration but my experience from many years working in the railway industry is that it will be phenomenally difficult to get this reinstated. I think the Trust need to prepare themselves for years and years and years of often frustrating and fruitless negotiations with Network Rail who a) will be largely disinterested and b)will quote unfeasibly high costs for the job which will be constantly revised upwards. If this is not tackled now then I can see this bridge still holding up the restoration ten or twenty years hence. Bypassing the M5 blockage will be a walk in the park compared to dealing with the railway! Thats almost word for word what one of the guys from CCT said to me about the railway bridge problem. They seem to be very aware that it will be a massive undertaking. Its a shame that they couldn't connect from Saul sooner as surely boats using the canal would bring in more money. Also as the center of stroud is looking very good alot of people seem to think the canal is nearly fininshed. When we were house hunting in stroud people were saying to us that it will be nice that we can bring the boat up while we look for a house not aware that the lower end is still unusable. I hope that it wont hinder future funding that people think its all done already. Would have loved to attend the water festival but we decided there would probably be more folks at Crick. How did it go at Stroud?
  24. I spent the weekend at Crick so missed most of it other than what I saw walking past the big screen they had by the bar. It's nice that we've had something that seemed to bring people together. Several of my friends went to street parties. They are not royalists they were just out for a good time. Everywhere looked so pretty covered in bunting and I saw several people sweeping and cleaning the front of their houses down. It did seem to drag on a bit though the concert had started when we left Crick and was still going after we'd got back and emptied the car several hours later. I don't mind the royal family and I don't even mind if a bit of my tax money pays for them. They do bring tourists in and not just to London but to all the other royal houses and castles past and present. Also the old kings and queens are some of my favourites on Horrible Histories so I'm glad they exsisted.
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