The whole hole has been wholly bunged #narrowboat #england #barbridge

Tis indeed a damnably dismal day here in Ingerlund, in terms of the weather. The sky isn’t just threatening rain, every once in a while a cloud opens up and shouts down ‘Oi! You there! Yes,ย you, Laddie! You’re going to get soaked… soaked, I tell you, soaked…’

Well, I didn’t get soaked on my perambulation, thank you very much, so ner ner ner ner ner, and other adult expostulations.

We do at least though know now what happened to Biggles.


James Bigglesworth and Algernon Montgomery Lacey flew into the mysterious light and were never seen again.

The Cardinal and I moved a bit yesterday. A tad over six miles, through one lock, via the usual offices, turned, called in at some “das 3 hours and no moren” “stop and shop” moorings, and then back down to a mooring where there is generally a decent mobile interwebnet signal. I must say that the lock ladder on Her Majesty’s 11′ 3″ deep lock at Cholmondeston isย exceptionally slimy at the moment, although less so now, because I cleaned it up with my sweatshirt and jeans.

I think that the “You will stop and shop or we will open fire” moorings are meant to encourage folk into the Cheese Factory shop.


They do sell a mix of stuff there, and at the little petrol station grocery ripoffski a few hundreds of yards farther along and across the cute, cuddly, warm and welcoming A51 roadway.

Repairs have been completed at Barbridge, although whether temporary or permanent I do not know. Father Nature will tidy up the scene quite quickly now that we are having some of “the rain, yes indeed, Myffanwy”. I think the repairs were managaed without having to close off that section, which is what are nice, isn’t it? Ruddy well done to the foot-soldiers of CaRT, ruddy well done indeed.

There is no sound of gushing water anymore, so let’s hope that situation prevails.

Yesterday’s boatery mess-aboutery was most pleasant, although I woke up later than I had planned, and consequently engaged with some canal traffic in my wanderings. Many thanks to the boat (whose name I didn’t collect) that heard my “Jericho” horn and stopped, the better to allow me to mooch through Bridge 102, the wee bit of a “blind” S-bend opportunity. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Cardinal is now back to “Condition Green”, with that which ought to be empty being empty, that which ought to be full being full, comestibles aboard and a new (old) mooring to enjoy for the weekend. There’s even a tank of hot water, due to the engine running, that will see me through to “nicely warm water” about three days’ hence. The battery bank has had a taste of something other than solar attention; a few hours of being fed voltage-titbits and tasty electron-morsels by the alternators.

The alternators are of a different charging modus to the solar panels, being of more beastly grunt and, in terms of electronic “brain” control, less sophisticated, less clever. This variety is good for the batteries every once in a while.

I hope.

I think.

The sky has decided to persist down, precipitating heavily as I type this, and the poor hire boaters are cruising past, determined to enjoy themselves. Atcherly, so long as my specs stay dry and I can (thus) see where I am going, itย is an odd sort of fun to cruise in the rain. The trick is to just accept that you’re going to get soaked, and to get on with it.

Today, however, I am aboard, inside, and the rain is pattering on the canvas covers and making a very pleasant sound. My perambulations are done for the day.

All that I need now is food. Hmm… a dark, dank, dismal day in England. Perhaps a curry…



    1. I took the opportunity for a couple of hours of practice at the guns while out in the Channel… The Cardinal makes about fourteen knots wiith all sails set and my pocket handkerchief held in the wind.

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  1. A good old English Curry sounds right, Ian – Glad the โ€˜ole is fixed, itโ€™ll give the rain, and runoff from the fields and canal walkways, a chance to top up the canal water levels.
    Weโ€™ve been getting the odd yacht sailing past our place (and weโ€™re 16 miles from any water) itโ€™s been raining so much, plus a light show (lightning) and sound effects (rolls of thunder).
    Your pal from East Sussex ๐Ÿฆ

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    1. If you see a large vessel stuffed to the gunwales with animals, two of every species… panic! We have had lots of warnings of storms, thunder and lightning in the Met Office forecasts, and each one has fizzled away before arriving! So far this year I’ve heard one peel of thunder, just the one, and that was more akin to a sweaty mouse making rude noises under its armpit. Mustn’t grumble. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Glad for the “fixings,” whether permanent or not….

    Good for not getting soaked!

    And also great, to not have the beastly sun, blazing down on you.

    And super-good, to not be on vacation! And having to _act_, like you are enjoying everything.

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    1. The usual Friday afternoon batch of holiday boats has been past (another mini-rush of those tomorrow, for the Saturday beginners). They are getting some very mixed weather at the moment, from heavy rain to heavy sun! I am very lucky, in that I get to enjoy all of the good days, and, generally, to do what I feel like doing on the less clement days! ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. It does indeed. I think that I probably have three taste buds – “hot”, “cold” and “curry”! No idea why I love it so, but I do. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I’m glad the locks are no longer leaking in that particular place. Although based on this blog’s reporting, I suspect there are more than enough OTHER places that they are still leaking.

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    1. In this corner of Ingerlund there are five or six canals completely closed because of the recent dry spell causing a lack of “captured” water – heaven forfend that we should ever spend national taxpayer’s money, oh I don’t know – building reservoirs! The Establishment seems to be incapable of thinking or planning more than three months ahead, if that. The major breach at Middlewich is promised to be fixed “by Christmas” – but updates seem to be few and very far between…


  4. Good news that the ‘filling in’ fairy came in the night! Let’s hope they come back and reinspect once the subsidence takes its course – the Council never do when they ‘gob up’ the holes in the road towards the end of the financial year! (P.s I believe that is the technical terminology for filling in holes in the building trade!)

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    1. Winter will tell, if they don’t return to re-pack the hole it will just sink. What they have done so far is a good job by the CaRT foot-soldiers, I am amazed that they could plug it without draining that section of canal. Fingers crossed that it holds and holds well! ๐Ÿ™‚


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