Author: rob

May 2022

Late April actually, and we leave Aston Marina where Nick, Sandra and crew have looked after us really well for the last couple of years,

Chrissie 2022

April 2022

After much consideration we have decided to sell Chrissie!

Narrowboat for sale at Deptmoor Lock
Chrissie 2021

November 2021

Our last few days cruising in 2021, we joined the Staffs and Worcester Canal at Autherley Junction

Chrissie 2021

Late September and October 2021

Back onboard Chrissie again, collected her from Longport Wharf after servicing and a few jobs. On our way now to Llangollen, using these canals, Trent and Mersey to Middlewhich, Shropshire Union Middlewhich branch to Barbridge Junction, a brief section South on the Shroppie before joining the Llangollen Canal. And then a return trip using the Shroppie South to Autherley Junction, Staffs and Worcs Canal to Great Haywood Junction, Trent and Mersey back to Aston Marina.

Chrissie 2021

August and September 2021

Chrissie is on dry land in Stoke Boats for some well deserved TLC, blacking, antifreeze change, top plank painting, stern colours repainted, fitting a “bubble tester” in the gas line for regular checking of any small gas leaks etc.
Mid September and on our way to Longport from Aston Marina Stone by train to collect Chrissie.

Swan at Aston marina

In Aston Marina for June

Decided to stay in the Marina and visit friends locally.
But we’ve been very busy getting Chrissie ship-shape after 2 winters of neglect.


On a bike ride to Exeter Quay

We took the pushbikes on the back of the car to near Countess Weir the other day, and rode along the river Exe and Exeter


Sandy Park, Exeter. New Marriot Hotel

Over the winter we’ve been watching the growth of new hotel at Sandy Park where Exeter Chiefs have their rugby ground. It will be called the Courtyard. A nine storey £25M


During the 3rd Lockdown

Living only a short drive away from wonderful beaches and walks on Dartmoor it’s very frustrating being restricted to only walks from home for exersise.

Chrissie 2021

Will we get onboard this year?

We have talked many times over the winter about where we might go on Chrissie this year, and it all depends on the pandemic.
Ideas such as


Locked in, and locked out!

Looking back over a few of our Narrowboat cruises I came accross this that happened to us, It may brighten your day in these awkward times.

Chrissie 2020

The shortest cruise ever?

Due to Covid-19 and the first lockdown in March, then all the restrictions we haven’t managed to cruise at all this year.
Before the second lockdown started on 5th Nov we spent 2 nighs aboard Chrissie in Aston Marina where she’d been since late March, to prepare her for this winter all alone.
Despite being untouched

Chrissie 2020

Chrissie was about to be homeless…

…with no secure long term mooring (an insurance requirement).
So at the last minute we secured another Marina mooring at Aston Marina in Stone. Only 13 miles and 4 locks away, so we hastily travelled to Stafford and moved her to Aston, where she is now.
We’ve now heard (25/06/2020) and with easing of restrictions, that we are allowed to visit and stay overnight on the boat and cruise if we want to, yipee.
Before the pandemic…..