Monday, April 14, 2014

All ship shape and ready for the off.

Well we're thoroughly looking forward to getting out of the marina for our first proper trip of the year later this week. We are going to head up into Birmingham via the Birmingham and Fazeley and then wend our way down to Stourton Junction via Netherton Tunnel and the Stourbridge Canal before heading back up on the Staffs &Worcs, which is where it all began for us a number of years ago when we hired a 'yellow peril' from Viking Afloat at Worcester, so we always have a soft spot for this canal.
Where it all began
We like to explore new bits of the waterways and the trip heading off from the New Main Line, through Netherton Tunnel and then down the Delph and Stourdridge Locks will be a new experience for us and we are looking forward to it and hope to have a bit of help along the way, if things go to plan.

In preparation for 'the off' Blue Moon has been treated to a bit of a spring clean. Cratch board sanded down and re-stained, a new tunnel lamp as the old one probably wouldn't have seen us through the season (or tunnels) and this one looked worth a try. The cratch cover has also had a good scrub with fabsil universal cleaner and it's come up a treat. Engine fully serviced and even the squirrel stove has been treated to a polish. We just hope we don't need to use it whilst we're out. Just a bit of varnishing on the rear doors to do tomorrow and the weather looks ideal for that, and then it will be time to chill and relax out on the cut. 
That looks better.
Can't wait.........

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