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female mallard on water wanderings on the trent and mersey canal February 5, 2024 by Dawn Smallwood Dawn Smallwood continues her wanderings on the Trent and Mersey canal in Stone and tries to capture the colour and ambience of the area in her gouache paintings.
boating abroad best european destinations for water holidays January 9, 2024 by Melissa Keeling In 'Best European destinations for boating holidays', Melissa Keeling looks at boating holidays in France, Italy and Greece - each of which offer a unique mode of water travel.
canal scene old billy January 9, 2024 by Kerry Dainty Kerry Dainty visits the Manchester Museum, and finds a horse skull belonging to Old Billy, the world's oldest horse, who spent part of his life rowing barges.
Richard and Mary Haines december 2023 January 4, 2024 by Mary Haines Mary Haines points out the plight of some boaters in winter and suggests that a good new year's resolution could be to extend the hand of friendship to all.
living a new life living a new life 2 December 27, 2023 by Henny Pearmain How can those stretches of the canal which have become no-go areas be reclaimed as places for everyone to enjoy and benefit from? CRT believe that it is possible. Henny…
cooking on the cut with lisa munday cooking on the cut – winter 23 December 12, 2023 by Lisa Munday In Cooking on the Cut, winter 2023, Lisa Munday shows us how to roast a goose with shallot & orange stuffing; make some delicious shortbread & wonderful drinks.
mysteries of the world mysteries of the world December 5, 2023 by Robert Grindley There are many mysteries that occur throughout the world, which are mostly unresolved; some are too terrifying to contemplate, others aretoo hard to believe...
leaves over misty water permission to come aboard part one December 3, 2023 by Mandy McDermott In 'Permission to come aboard', Mandy Mcdermott our boating bard, describes her antics as she tries to get rid of an unwelcome visitor in the form of a fly.
rcr header storms sink boats November 29, 2023 by River Canal Rescue As storms continue to batter the UK, River Canal Rescue (RCR) is reporting an increase in the number of call-outs to recover submerged vessels. In October, Storm Babet alone, was…
angry boater placards nbta protest birmingham November 28, 2023 by Edward Hockin On a bright, blue-sky day in November, I happened upon a clutch of banner wielding, trumpet tooting crowds. On a whim I had decided to see for myself the protest…
simon woollen ships wheel funeral for a friend November 28, 2023 by Simon Woollen When I was young I wanted a Thames barge. We lived near Maldon and some of my early memories were walking along the sea front with loads of old boats…
narrowboat Grace in the sunset detour onto the llangollen canal November 27, 2023 by Karen Bent To maintain a more relaxed approach to life, we headed for the Llangollen Canal; we'd been here last year in May, & we hoped for a different Autumn perspective.
Susan Gebbels journeying through the standedge tunnel November 21, 2023 by Susan Gebbels In 'Journeying through the Standedge Tunnel', Susan Gebbels looks at the building of the tunnel, its heyday, its demise and final restoration in the 1990s.
Michael Nye all is safely gathered in November 21, 2023 by Michael Nye In "All is safely gathered in", Michael Nye's main character in his published book "Vee", looks back to her first winter on board Crimson Lake.
dog and canal boat lifeboat for the broads November 21, 2023 by Clive Edwards The story of the “Lifeboat for the Broads” really began in 1999 when following a call from Great Yarmouth Coastguard requesting the inshore inflatable lifeboat stationed on the coast at…
living a new life living a new life October 3, 2023 by Henny Pearmain I hope that as we travel, we will meet more women who are happy with having oily hands and paint-covered trousers. I know that I am loving the learning and…
kingfishers on branch meet the reverend chris upton September 28, 2023 by Iris Lloyd The Waterways Chaplaincy is a community of trained volunteers who walk the towpaths and river banks of the country, offering a friendly chat and any assistance needed by a boater…
boat in deepening mist a ghost story for Christmas September 27, 2023 by Richard Hill The boat gently rocks, water lapping on the hull. It's late and dark. Somewhere nearby an owl gently hoots. Then, in the blackened stillness, the boat starts to rock some…

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