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Saturday, 17 March 2012

Where have we been?

Well firstly I must take the time to apologise to all of you avid blog readers that you haven't heard from us since Wednesday. I can't explain how busy we have been, which is extraordinary for this time of the year although the canal is still quite quiet. Although saying that we have seen some familiar faces as they have passed through Norbury in the last week, which has made a pleasant change to catch up with old friends.

We have been busy getting boats onto our books for sale. A full list of current boats can be viewed here. There are still a couple to add which I will try and get advertised over the next couple of days.

Ange has been working hard putting all of our hire boat bookings onto our new computer system that Simon has told you about whilst I have been doing all of the website alterations. We are hoping that everything will go live on Friday this coming week. If it is rolled out on time we will all have put many hours of work into the process so lets keep our fingers crossed.

The lads have all been very busy too. The moorings are coming on a treat. Boat painting, blacking and general servicing and progressing as normal! I'll get you some pictures to have a look at tomorrow.

I went out on Wednesday lockwheeling for Kestrel and Walton. I met them at Audlem for 9am and helped them upto the top of Tyrley locks. Walton is a wooden boat that has recently been lovingly rebuilt by her owner of some 18 years. She was launched last month at Malkins Bank, Wheelock on the Trent and Mersey by a traditional method of side-slipping (A video of her launch can be viewed below). She is now travelling to Tamworth for her single cylinder Seffle engine to be fitted via the Black Country Museum, Dudley.

I also managed to get a picture of them as they passed through Norbury on Thursday morning.

Well that's it from me for tonight.

Until tomorrow.

Best wishes,


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