Category: Chrissie

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.

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…..

Chrissie 2019

Fradley to Stafford Boat Club.

Fradley Junction again, but we arrived quite late in the day and mooring was at a premium. The only spaces were turn right down a lock, but we wanted to go Left, eventually. So I turned L at the junction…….

Chrissie 2019

Foxton Locks to Braunston

27 miles and 23 locks, 3 tunnels, Husbands Bosworth 1166 yards, Crick Tunnel 1528 yards and Braunston Tunnel much longer at 2042 yards.
Familiar territory now. It takes……

Chrissie 2019

Leicester to Foxton Locks

Only 18 miles but 24 locks and 1 800 yard tunnel, but 4 overnight stops to break it up. Still heading South but once through Blue Bank Lock the route swings South East towards Foxton Locks and Junction but we go straight on to……