Saturday, 30 June 2012
We have had a busy day today, three day boats first thing, one with an old friend on, Jilly Hog, she used to do lots of canal painted ware but has long since retired from that, several hire boats returned today and we have had six go out, and all three day boats came back without issue, just as the rain came down! We have had a hand off our good friend Becks today, its a pleasure to have her give us a hand, she gets on so well with everyone, Micky has been fitting up Ada Rose, thats the boat that Matt has just finished painting, thats coming out of the dock tomorrow, and thats about it really, the usual jobs for Fred, simon and aour new lad Jake, I will tell you about Jake when I have a minute.
Thats it from me for tonight
Friday, 29 June 2012
Don’t know why I bothered typing the title really as I have still got to work this weekend so today is just another day, are you feeling sorry for me? probably not! but it is the weekend for most of you and I hope that the weather stays like it has been today here at Norbury however I hope the wind drops a little, it has been as windy as hell here today, that makes boating interesting, narrow boats in a restricted channel in the wind are not good combinations, its a good job they are made of steel that’s all I can say!
Its been a busy one today, although only a hand full of boats out today, two shared boats, two hire boats and one day boat but we did have several returning this morning which made first thing a bit interesting, boats everywhere, well the ones that were going out have gone so that’s it until it all happens again tomorrow, and that’s it from me until tomorrow.
Thursday, 28 June 2012
I thought for one moment today that the end of the world was coming as it went black over Norbury and then came a thunderous roar from above, it was obvoius what was next, yep the heavens opened up and it threw it down , we had 'cats and dogs' and everything thrown at us for about an hour, it was bouncing off the boats and the roofs it came down that hard as but when the hail came down I decieded that enough was enough and I retired to the shop for some cover, see attached photo for the deluge! As I type the blog my feet are still wet through.
The sun has now come back out so I suppose you could say that we are having a typical summer?
We have certainly been a lot busier today, sods law as most of the boats turned up for wharf services just as the heavens opened up, we had that many boats here that Simon and I were both out there in the pouring rain dieseling the boats, pumping them out trying to generally dodge the rain, and its carried on like that all afternoon with boats pulling on to the wharf for services.
Thats it from me or tonight, Im off home to dry out.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
there's not an awful lot to report today as we have been quiet in the shop and tea room, but having said that the phone's haven't stopped ringing, i have done 2 hireboat bookings for this weekend and 1 for august, it is getting to the time of year where people are leaving it to the last minute to book their holidays to get the best deal.
we had a dayboat go out first thing this morning, the weather hasn't been brilliant but at least it has stayed dry for them and they have returned without issues.
engineer simon has been welding for most of the day and mick has attended a break down in chester.
denise was bitten by a dog last night and it took me until 2 o'clock to persuade her to go to the doctors for an injection, nat went with her to hold her hand. i told her that injections aren't what they used to be, she said " i don't like injections and certainly not in my bum", i said it's an arm jobby now so that made her feel a little easier, anyway it's all over and done with now, poor denise. jenk has just been his usual self, sitting in the corner with his feet on the table, (oops sorry i mean under).
that just leaves fred...............he's been getting the boats ready for the weekend, blacking, weeding and moaning!!!!
til the next time, byee.
Monday, 25 June 2012
Its been a bit of a roller coaster type day, dead quiet one minute and then MANIC the next, the phone seems to have been relentless though but not to many customers through the door, even though the sun has been shining, the tea room has even been quiet today, very unusual given the excellent weather.
A couple of day boats out this morning, without issue I am glad to say, they also returned without issue, we have also had a hire boat out this afternoon, that too went without issue!
Not really much else to say about today,so until tomorrow
Sunday, 24 June 2012
kim went home on 1/2 days holiday as we were so quiet then all hell broke loose, everyone decided to come to norbury but luckily i held on to joyce and denise and we coped between us.
bernard has been kept busy on the wharf today but he can't talk quietly so when he comes in to tell you how much fuel he has put in the boat you need ear defenders..lol
aaron has been busy pulling weeds out down the arm, it's looking nice and tidy down there now.
bernard and mick undocked mointeach this morning and then put quince in there for blacking, mick has also been working on private jobs.
we also had a hire boat out first thing this morning, summer wine.
then at 4 pm simon said "right that's it i'm all up to date, would you mind if i go home?" so being the nice boss i am i said "of course, go". lol...........then threw a pary (only joking boss).
till next time.......bye ange.
Saturday, 23 June 2012
Any way apart from that incident today its been an OK day, most of the fleet has returned and we have had three boats go out and one tomorrow, that has kept us busy and while waiting for the day boats to return Simon got the tug up and running, it purrrrrrs like a pussy cat, very happy indeed.
That's it from me for today
Friday, 22 June 2012
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
we have 2 new kids on the block today, we have an engineer called jake and a dogs body called peter, some of you may already have the misfortune of knowing him, he is one of our regular hirers and is here on holiday at the moment in wharf cottage so as he was at a loose end we sent him out shopping, banking and he has also done a couple of jobs around the yard for us, washing up in the tea room for denise being one them, looking very fetching with his norbury wharf apron on, we do have photo's to prove it peter and will be putting it on the blog shortly, thanks mr quick, you're a star.
as fred is on holiday we have been using steve the engineer to do pump outs and diesel.
mick has been working on a private job and simon has just been simon, engineer simon that is, not our lord and master simon, he's just been sat at his desk with his feet up (only joking simon).
we had one day boat go out this morning which has just returned without any issues and they all had a good dry day. i spoke too soon it has just started raining, not too much though thankfully.
well there's not really that much else to report as i'm not used to all this freedom on the blog yet, so until next time and a photo of peter in his pinny.......................byee.
Monday, 18 June 2012
David has gone on his holidays (jammy so and so) he has gone off boating, for a change! I hope the weather stays good for him unlike the last couple of weeks, although today has been a nice day, with David away I am in for a 'long stint' I will work through now until my holiday in three weeks time, where guess what, I am off boating too, I really hope the weather stays nice for me too, I don't think we are that lucky though!
Pippin is off out today on a long cruise with our returning and good customers Wilf and Maggie, they are going to be cruising in and around Birmingham, if you see them give them a wave, they might even be taking a boat out over the winter period for the who;e winter, I reckon you could say that they have the bug!
That's it from me for today.
Sunday, 17 June 2012
The weather has been incredibly changeable here at Norbury today. I was quite hopeful when I got up this morning to take Annie out and the sun was shining, and it looked to be a nice day. Soon after we had seen the dayboats out the heavens decided to open and it has been pretty much the same all day, although the sun has shone a couple of occasions.
Although the weather hasn't been the best, we have seen a steady flow of boats pulling onto the wharf for the use of our facilities and to make the most of our services. Especially our super cheap diesel at the current price of just 71.9ppl. Coal sales have picked up again, we might even need to place another order!
It's been quiet in the shop today, so we have let Lorraine and Denise have an early day whilst Joyce, Ange and myself have plodded on.
Simon and Bernard docked a private boat this morning to complete some rudder repairs. Once that was complete they flooded the dock and docked another private boat which Bernard has pressure washed off whilst Simon has been repairing a water system on a boat that we have recently sold which must have fell subject to the freezing conditions that we experienced at the beginning of the year.
Despite the weather the dayboaters have all returned with smiles on their faces and are looking forward to their next experience on our wonderful canal network.
That's it from me for now. Over to Simon tomorrow - go easy on him as he has got to work a stint now without a day off!
Saturday, 16 June 2012
We've had five boats go out today, but only one of them was a turn round. That usually makes life alot easier, but due to the fine, but persistent rain that we had this morning, Fred still managed to get soaking wet. He looked like he had been dunked in the canal at one point!
Simon's been cracking on with some more plating work, until the rain stopped play and he has been doing show rounds this afternoon as well as a bit of other work on a couple of boats.
It must have been windy in the night because one of our regular customers; Roger, who collected Aquamarine yesterday rang to say that there was a tree down just south of Wheaton Aston. He telephoned at about 3pm to say that contractors were on site and clearing the obstruction.
I'm on count down, only a day to go until I've got a few days holiday.
Friday, 15 June 2012
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Its been another really busy day today, we have been blessed with good weather which has helped as we have seen a massive amount of traffic on the wharf and in the tea room, so much so that we have had to now draft extra staff in to keep on top of everything, we have had Joyce, Lorraine and Jodie in the shop and tea room as well as David and myself, the lads have all been busy on different jobs around the place, nothing really exciting to report, except to say that I am not in tomorrow so David will keep you up to date with what is going on tomorrow.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
we have received our new menu holders today and as we have space at the back of the holder for information about norbury wharf ltd i have put some wording about the staff here at norbury, here goes...........
a word about our staff; they are without exception, the most dreadful bunch of no-hopers you could ever have the misfortune to meet-sorry, but it has to be said. most have been with us a long time. if you manage to catch their eye or get any of their attention which would in actual fact be a complete miracle, please don't humour them- it only makes them worse. you'll find them lippy and generally unhelpful and most will be poorly turned out and sloppy in attitude. trouble is-you can't get the staff around here. regular beatings do occur in our staff meetings in an attempt to improve their performance-but it's actually completely hopeless. please let us have your thoughts on the customer comment cards located in the tea room. we do not add a service charge-any gratuities go in full to the entire staff team, and are very gratefully received-thank you..............the management.
i guess that's me on the naughty step then!!!!!!!!!!!!
i had a little accident with the vacuum cleaner this afternoon, matt "borrowed" it this morning to extract some paint dust on the boat which is in for painting, when he finished with it he very kindly didn't empty it out. i have then taken it over to wharf cottage and wondered why it wasn't picking anything up. upon closer inspection i noticed all the paint dust in there and opened up the top..........in a puff of blue smoke i was covered head to toe in the stuff..........not happy as you can imagine........two of us on the step now, ha ha.
as i sit here writing this blog there is a crane outside lifting a new brokerage boat into the water, no doubt david will be advertising her at the weekend,
that's it for today........until next time, ange. p.s........great news we are now live with sage pay so you can actually search availability, book online and pay for your holiday on line :)
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Its been manic again today,we have been sooo busy, the wharf has been non stop all day, that busy in fact that we have run out of diesel this afternoon, that's two deliveries in less than a week, don't panic though as we will have a fresh delivery in first thing in the morning, and if it keeps going like this then we will have another delivery in later on this week.
We had two day boats out today, and they both returned without incident, Simon has been on a Private job first thing this morning and then welding a bottom plate on a boat in the dry dock this afternoon, Fred has been busy with the wharf today and has been blacking, pumping the hire fleet out and generally being nice, very unusual for Fred, he hasn't been a pain, Matt has been preparing a boat in the dock for top side painting, Steve has been working on the moorings and will be for some time yet, they are looking great, I know I said that they were finished but we have decided to do a little bit more on some more land that we have.
We have been really lucky with the weather this last few days, while the whole country has been suffering with torrential rain we have had sun sun and more sun, I had to go down to Tardebigge and stratford yesterday and once I got to West Bromwich on the M5 the heavens opened and it carried on raining until I hit The Belfery area on the M6 Toll road, so as I said we are lucky!
That's it from me for tonight, a quick pint on the way home
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Saturday, 9 June 2012
As part of our campaign to promote slow and steady cruises as an alternative to racing around canal rings let us tell you about some of the gems right on our doorstep - in fact within a day's travel of Norbury and some within our 17 mile pound with its seven pubs.
Today we take a look at Gnosall...
Just down the cut to the south, about 40 minutes away, is Gnosall, sometimes claimed to be the largest village in England, with a population of around 5,000 people, although the first bit you see from the canal is Gnosall Heath, with the biggest part of the village a ten minute walk further east. The Wellington to Stafford Railway line once ran through the village, and crosses the canal as you approach the moorings.
Gnosall boasts a Norman church, a mill where it is claimed self-raising flour was invented as well as its own fire station, supermarket, fuel stations, take-aways, pubs, post office and historic high street with barber. The village is also home to an old "Lock up". It is now situated between the Norman Church and the modern cemetery.