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Friday, 17 June 2011

Bus mans holiday

If I have chance once a week look at the statistics for both of our websites ( & and for this blog. I was amazed this morning to find out that our viewings for this blog have trebled this week from the averages taken during the weeks so far this year! That’s phenomenal, so I will have to keep on finding some interesting things to write about to keep you all reading daily. It’s only the time available that affects the length and the interest of each blogging.

These turn round days seem to come around so quickly, I just can’t believe that it is Friday again. Phantasy returned this morning, with its occupants thoroughly enjoying their first experience of narrow boating.

Three engine services have been completed today on Silhouette, Willoughby and Yelvertoft. Willoughby has had to have some remanufacturing of the exhaust system done as the flexible pipe had rotted through and was starting to “blow”, which obviously isn’t healthy for the engine to be inhaling!

Our popular dayboats; Victory and Defiant, have both been out today. They are booking really well this year. The weekends are booking well in advance and the week days aren’t too bad either, although we still have space. So if you want a day out (be it a corporate day, anniversary, birthday party or for a family get-together etc.) this summer for upto ten people (per boat) then contact us as soon as you can to save any disappointment. Prices start from as little as £9.90 per person.

Sphynx has also been collected with a party of ten aboard for a weekend break. They will be back on Monday – let’s hope the weather is good to them.

I’m off boating for ten days after work on Monday. Yes, I know as the title says – A Bus Man’s holiday, but the canal is more than my work place, it is a way of life for me! I will be bound for Braunston in Northamptonshire for the historic narrow boat gathering which is held at Braunston Marina over the weekend of 25/26th June. Further information can be found by following this LINK. This annual event attracts some 80-90 historic vessels, and this year it is expected that in access of 100 boats will be in attendance. It’s certainly a fabulous event to experience with chimneys smoking, engines thumping or purring away, the daily boat parade but mainly because of the number of people that it attracts. I hope to see some of you there! (see you then Karen!).

Here’s a picture from a few years ago of Hyperion loaded with "the band" at Braunston!

That’s it for today folks. Have a good evening and I will be back again tomorrow, with more tales from Norbury Junction…

Best regards,



  1. You most certainly will David, I am really looking forward to it. Our first port of call will be the beer tent on Friday night... See you there