Sunday, 5 March 2017

We are Back

Hi Buggerlug’ers

No we have not been captured by the ever present Canal Pirates of abducted by aliens. But we have had technical problems my trusted 12 year old laptop has given up the ghost it could no longer deal with advancing technology although like all old but experienced thinks it still has in uses and I have retained it services for storage, photo work, posters etc. So now I am working on a Microsoft mini laptop its ok but its being at school when teacher swaps you to another desk you seem to have left something behind whether it be inspiration or those equations carefully scratch into to desk lid  The main thing is we are BACK

Being the winter very little has been happening, though my daughter Maryanne would not think so as Maryanne and Steve presented us with a new grandson in December which made Christmas an even more joyous occasion.

The short winter days really deplete the amount of work I can get done though it does give time for planning making new designs, collecting and cutting Walking sticks laying them down for drying and preparing last years for shaping. I have also invested in a new scroll saw which is proving to be a great asset to the wood craft side of “Buggerlugs Canal Art”

Through the winter I am very fortunate that the marina trust me enough to keep me busy doing jobs, not of any technical quality more of a labouring quality. However  I really enjoy helping out, its great to feel wanted and being of some use.

Noreen of course is back into work at the Scarisbrick Coffee shop again she loves the getting out seeing and meeting  people, It maybe only a few days a week but with a new Grandchild its amazing how busy your life can become

I would recommend Retirement to everyone, as long as you remember that there are no holidays (with pay), weekends sick pay, bonus’s OR BOSSES TO ANNOY which I did enjoy!! Also because you are retired Everyone thinks you have nothing to do?? I have never been so busy in all my life.

We have now decided what we are doing this year regards our round Britain cruise Originally we were off to Bristol it seemed an average run for Buggerlugs  which would have been 727 miles 496 Locks 73 days but as we stop off quite a lot that would be more like 120 days.

To allow us to travel south from here on the far west of Lancashire there is only one way to travel south (other than crossing the river Mersey and we all know what a pain in the backside that can be) you have to travel down the Bridgwater canal but in there infinite wisdom Peel Holdings are closing the canal between March and June they say its for bridge repairs but we the boating comunitee know its to show that they own it, they can do what they, they do not give a monk’s  toss about Boaters or the people who work out a living or live on the waterway. It is a very political situation. SO now we have had the bad news we have had to rethink our trip. After Easter we are having a week or ten days in Liverpool its a great city and one that everyone should visit by boat, we are then traveling north by our only route which is the Leeds and Liverpool again heading for Leeds then on to Castleford ready to visit old friends and pick up the River Trent traveling south to Nottingham this trip will almost be a repeat of last year yet this time we will spend more time visiting places we missed last year such as Gainsborough, Leicester, Lincoln and Boston with many more I’m sure and on return we may even get to see Maryanne in Chester again we will just go where  destiny  takes us

Buggerlugs is looking good and almost ready for the trip I am just awaiting the for the weather to change as I need to fit two Solar Panels (trying a new system this year) and I still have to do a full service and repack the stern gland then she is ready to go

That's it people I do hope that you all haven’t given upon us and found better things to read than my driffle Now I am back on line I will try to keep up any body interested in my more excited views on Peel Holding and the closure of a canal.  email me as most are ore only for adult listening   

God Bless Everyone


Morning mist Spring is coming

Sunday, 2 October 2016

more pics

just a few mor pics

Inspecting the boats on parade

I love the elephants 

This is why I never appear on photographs

What a great week I have had one of those weeks were you realise what life is about
Monday , Tues and Wed we were baby sitting Pippa our Granddaughter Monday was just mucking
about in the garden hunting for Squirrels .Tue was off to Chester Zoo only 20 mins away what a great
day even though more time was spent watching the local Ducks that the more exotic animal though
she was very interested in the monkies and wondered Why she could not go play with them
Weds it we set off for Rhos between Colwyn and Llandudno except for the wind which blew her
bucket and spade away, but after a 200yard dash down the beach I managed to retrieve it before it
finnished up in Belfast. We had a fantastic three days without spending a fortune. On air fares,
hotels and dinning out, One of life’s greatest pleasures is watching young people grow especially
when they are your own
Friday I always collect Thomas from school. Now our old village were Thomas now lives has a pub
that has been bought by the village and is now a community pub and open for coffee etc Now it has
become a tradition that lots of the children drag their parents in on the way home from school for a
quick half ??? Thomas and I go in milk shake and coffee and a game of dominoes, we sit like two old
codgers talking over the weeks events we don’t discus Politics or Religion but everything else. You
can learn an awful lot chatting over a game of Doms.
When I first started courting (now there is a word not used today) I was 16 Noreens mum and dad
where heavily involved in Scouting and spent most weekends at Middlewood scout campsite
Worsley Manchester so to actually see Noreen at a weekend I became involved in scouting and after
50 years still am. Mini and Tom (Noreen’s parents) they were always high up in the echelon of
scouting Tom being the District commissioner at one time so it was obvious that our children would
have lots of camping holidays at Middlewood even when I was serving when ever we could we
would join them there. Only going back 10 years Tom and I were running competitions there and still
instructing so the place had great sentimental value to us. I say had because today was the last day
as the site of a few hundred acres has been handed back to Peel holding who have swapped it for a
new purpose built site only a mile away. Which will enable more young people with the experience
of outdoor pursuit’s and the comradeship of sharing and living together as a team.
As a family today we all met up there and enjoyed one of the best afternoons ever just walking
through those wood, the lake and the Island tell the grand children what their parents got up to and
parents telling what their grandparents got up to. Laughter rang through the tree tops splashing in
the mud climbing trees collecting acorns, fir cones and conkers what a great day.
We are blessed with children and grandchildren who would prefer a muddy puddle to a computer,
finding laughter in a muddle puddle, beauty in an acorn, they the difference between ash, oak,
sycamore, scots pine and fir trees, navigate without a compass, cook on an open fire and make there
own basher.
I am not making them out to be anything special they are just ordinary, its just that as a parent you
have to teach them something, and other than cooking that’s all I know?? its also something that
they all enjoy even today in a life with all its diversions they can still get away and enjoy what God as
bestowed upon us for Free
This country of ours has some of the most versatile countryside in the world 90% of it is free to visit
and enjoy. Who ever wrote the getting back to nature calms the mind knew what they were talking
Waking up this morning the Marina as still as a mill pond, mist rising through a rising sun creeping through the trees, My favorite Moor hen knocking on the hull for its breakfast (no bread its bad for water foul Cornflakes are better) then in chursh this morning the children joined us up in the choir I say us thats three of us I dont sing I play. the kids give 100% they think the are x factor and have no inhibitions so they just let rip what a wonderful sound. I cannot read music I play be ear and sometimes use my fingers. on my guitar I have a sign which says "I dont understand music but I love the noise it makes and the noise this morning was certainly made in heaven
So tahst my day folks
sorry to bore you but I have no news on the boating side and I did say I would continue writing
God Bless
The gang at Middlewood Scout Camp

Friday, 9 September 2016

Back Home

Hi Everyone
We are back in our home Mooring at Fettlers Wharf in Rufford. Its a great feelng when you come through the canal entrance into the Marina its like coming home so welcoming.
This years little cruise was great having visited places we had not visited before by boat and we met so many interesting people I even met a lady that was born in the house My Mum and dad lived in, two people from my old school, and one I swerved with plus the odd balls and eccentrics that the canal throws up but without whom the canal would not be the same
Breathtaking scenery, Bountiful nature, Glorious weather, Marvellous people, Tranquil peaceful days  what more can you ask for it is most honestly living the dream
BUT now we are back its all hands to the pumps we have spent two days punning the garden back together having had 6 months to run wild but its looking good now

This is the Log from Buggerlugs

Canal Miles               507
River Miles                  37
Tidal River Miles         44
Total Miles              588
Locks                        257
Canals                           9
Tidal Rivers                   1
Rivers                           4
Swing Bridges              80
Tunnels                           7

Yes  that was some cruise
I will keep the blog going maybe for my own benefit I can use it as a book one day??????

God Bless everyone

Back in our home (the garden is hiding behind the trees )

Wednesday, 31 August 2016


Hopefully by this time next week we will be back in Rufford on our home mooring getting ready for the winter?????

It would appear by the lack of comments ( not one on this trip) that either the Blog has become very boring or no one is reading it.

so maybe I should close it and go on face book No I coildent join all those I have far to much to say??
No I will continue but maybe in the form of a log then when I come to write the long awaited book many pages will already be complete

Lymme Dam 
On our way through to Manchester we moored in Lymme. it was a gorgious autum afternoon So we took a gentle three mile stroll aroung the Dam , with the trees changing to a thousand shades of green Squirels scuffeling around collecting winter food and the late afternoon sun loosing its heat as it does in September 
we just enjoy the day

God Bless 

Friday, 26 August 2016

River Weaver

Hi Everyone
We have come along the Trent and Mersey canal as far as Anderton. We decided to take cover over the Bank Holiday weekend by escaping down onto the river Weaver the river is such a peaceful place ???
However today Maryanne Stev and Pippa arrived, being such a beuatiful day we opted for going down river for a bit of a cruise Pippa is a real water girl and loves to sit on the stern watching the river go by, though we did have a crisis when when the call went out for"" man overboard !!!"" we emediatley put our emergency drill into action and signaled the boat behind us to to take our starboard I reversed to the Port this putting the man overboard between the two boats I was then able to get my landing net and rescue the poor sole that being Pippa's favourite doll Rosie Jim was frantic with worry and much relieved to see Rosie back on boatd even if she was very wet.
We are here untill Tues morning then its fill with water, fuel, do a pump out  and set off for manchester that way we hope to arrive by early friday afternoon.
The river is very quiet I dont know if that is because of the restrictions that Peel Holdings have put on traveling on the Bridgwater and boaters will not pay the extra cost. I CONSIDER that 40 pounds for 28 days is not to bad they want to try the great Ouse that cost us an extra 180 pounds for 30 days anyway I for one will not be getting excited over it
God Bless everyone

Maryanne and Steve enjoying the sun

The strangest of buildings its the old cement works now under demolision I wonder who who lived in the penthouse 

Rosie rescued and driying out

Pippa taking her first Mariners leason ??

Wednesday, 17 August 2016


On guard duty protecting her brood

Heron in flight 

Lock are hard work but just look at what you are working with 
outside our bedroom window nice to wake up to though