Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Radio Days

With the few days of work taking place in the middle week, Saturdays and Sundays are once again becoming some what of a rest/maintenance/clean up days, and with my dad help we get all the little things done. I have started to call them radio days. 

When am on Ezri I have my own I have my collection of mp3s/radio dramas/ radio Documentanies/downloaded TV/ebooks and video files but there own so many times you can hear or watch the same thing and plus I only have so much room on my phone and table computer. 

This were my small hand held radio and the BBC radio app come into there own

My dad is a football fan so its only fair to find a radio station which carries the match reports of all the football going on that saturday afternoon, we share the same kind of music taste so on sunday I don’t even have to change the station.

Both the football and the music are on BBC Radio Manchester the shows being Manchester Sports (saturday/sunday if there are extra matches) and Mike Sweeney ‘Sweeney’s Sixties Classics which is full three hour show. 

And even when is just me once again the music carries on the iplayer playing the download of the BBC Radio 2 Sounds Of The 60’s which now on at 06:00 am and now after the death of the wonderful Brian Matthew its fronted by Tony Blackburn.

And all that show even without a TV, I don’t feel like I am missing out on everything.

So if you have been thank you for read and see you next week

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Through a Camera Lens

So this week post is going to be a little bit different, I not going talk about the trip I going to show you it, The follow are five short videos shot live by from the back of Ezri, as we travel along the Macclesfield Canal to Bollington and out the other side. There’s no edits or fancy music just me, Dad and Ezri. I hope you enjoy them.

As always thank you reading and see you next week.
Total Miles covered so far (Start point Bugsworth) =  24 miles 1 furlongs

Miles covered this trip = 1 mile 6 1/2 furlongs

Places been/Stopped- Bugsworth, Strines Road Narrows, Carr Swing Bridge, Bancroft Bridge No 8, Higher Poynton Winding Hole, Braddocks Bridge No. 19, Lane Head Winding Hole

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Maintenance Day

As me and Ezri work our way down the Macclesfield canal and deeper towards the unknow, its time make sure she’s still ship shape and happy to carry on, but not only that but little bit of painting to be done. 

Thankfully the rain held off so with the paint left over the coal and wood boxes Dad got a brush and paint the inside as I took the other end of Ezri’s engine bay, with the small leak a thing of the past now, it was time to make sure that there no more water getting in.

And what water there was I could easly pummped out, it was a simple case of reaching down with a small bottle end and making sure the blige can lift it out, and moved want water there was but not only that I made sure that Ezri’s engine didn’t need oil or coolat. A mistake I have made only once and never again.

I wanted to work out a place to put Ezri so I could go to work the following day, So I locked up Ezri and walked the radio station mill (yes I know there is a real/better made for it but I like it) then past morring for the market and into Bollington itself, which like most towns are 24 hours which is a whole other thing. 

But anyway as you leave there is a swich over bridge once you cross it, the towpath is on the other side from my right to my left as I heading away down which has a few spaces around it, After that the canal backs onto AstraZeneca and Tessco so I think leave that alone thank you.

On the way back to Ezri, Dad got talking to another boater who has been on the water for around 40 years. When dad’s with me people mostly talk to him and some are a little surprised to be told I own Ezri, but whatever they are always friendly and welcoming. Well this boater has small butty boat with he’s been doing up and some spare paint which he gave to Dad for Erzi its real boat paint so we need to take care in using it but I know just want to do with it.


As always thank you reading and see you next week.

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Mile by Mile.

Getting closer to town and cites does make it easy for me work wise getting the train and stuff but also hard because places like that have morring time restctions mostly 48 hours which would be fine if work didn’t get in the way. So I have to take making little steps over shooting or under shooting places.

I had planned to put Ezri in the center of Bollington, just outside Adelphi Mill I found lots of mooring rings but looking around a little more I found two small signs which said once again were 48h ones, so that didn’t work but there was just after Clarence Mill were the market had been, 

But I didn’t what people thinking I was part of the market and wasn’t to sure if any of the market narrowboats would stay around. But when I did look again in the following days all the boats had gone to replace by new ones and no room at the mill.

 I didn’t have time to walk pass Bollington and looking at the map the rest of the canal backs onto AstraZeneca, which from the map didn’t look all that clever. 

But on the walk down to the Clarence Mill I saw two set of boats one I think part of a Cruising Club using both sides of the canal and a second few more boats all on pins so I join on the end of the line. The odd thing was Ezri didn’t want to stop even with shuting off her engine she tapped the side of bank and was almost moving off again. I told her would get to the mill so I think she was upset with me, I know it wasn’t a huge move only a mile a bit, but I am going to move every 12 days now just so I can see more of the places on the trip and work out what can see on the way back.

As always thank you reading and see you next week.

Total Miles covered so far (Start point Bugsworth) =  22 miles 6 furlongs

Miles covered this trip = 1 miles 5 1/4 furlongs

Places been/Stopped- Bugsworth, Strines Road Narrows, Carr Swing Bridge, Bancroft Bridge No 8, Higher Poynton Winding Hole, Braddocks Bridge No. 19

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Bollington Easter Floating Market

Me and Ezri didn’t move this week, so I when for a little explore on my own, and found out that running from Friday 14th April to Monday 17th 2017 there was a floating market between bridges 26A & 27 (next to Clarence Mill in Bollington) It was organised by the Roving Canal Traders Organisation. Some of the boat/traders that I saw when I got there were. 
The Art Boat, Crafts by Morgana, Vinyl Cut and Cakes on the Cut more information on them all can be found here https://m.facebook.com/Bollingtonfloatingmarket/ 

It was a little like stepping back time, the whole towpath was live again, even the mill on the other side of the canal was open for business. I guess at the high of the industrial revolution that   all the mills along every canal would have been like this only this time swaping coal, cloth and cotton for paintings, wool hats and chocolate cakes.

I did find out that the Roving Canal Traders Organisation, have web page of its own and have a list up coming makets on the canal network, so if you want vist one and buy from a boat or what to become part of the Roving Canal Traders Organisation http://www.rcta.org.uk/ you can.

As always thank you for reading and see you next week

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Sunshiny Sail 

Once again its time to move, being yards away from Victoria Pit Marina has been a little like being on sholder of the M25. Nothing bad but a lot other boats have been past so every few days I have had tighten up the ropes. I am just used to being out in the sticks, I guess.

At frist Ezri didn’t want move off her morring chain locked up, and took both me, Dad and a small screwdriver and plier set to undo it, ropes untied and we were off. Dad be look out and Ezri’s engine humming away, the sun above us as the adventure continues.

I always get a odd feeling when Ezri and I me have been stood still for a few days, moving her feels like a impossible task 35 feets worth of steel and glass, and everything inside it. Its like she comes alive again. 

You may think I mad and sometimes I do to. But ever since we have join the Peak and now the Mac is Ezri that does most of the work, all I do is turn the key and point her in a vage direction and she just takes over.

Not like when we first set out there were days when all did was push and pull her around, amd her getting her own back by bashing hands at lock or trying to run away, all that just to get to Littleborugh and then though to evil Rochdale. But now like I said Ezri just potters about from one place to the next.

The following video proves my point we’ve never been here and its Ezri doing all the work. 

As always thank you for read and see you next week.
Total Miles covered so far (Start point Bugsworth) =  21 miles 1 furlong

Miles covered this trip = 1 miles 4 3/4 furlongs

Places been/Stopped- Bugsworth, Strines Road Narrows, Carr Swing Bridge, Bancroft Bridge No 8, Higher Poynton Winding Hole.

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – By the Numbers

The whole point of this adventure is a that Ezri and me do a 100 miles, I have been doing my best to keep up with how many miles we have done so far, but the thing is that the numbers don’t add up. 

The last time we moved from Bancroft Pipe Bridge to Higher Poynton Winding Hole that makes 2 miles and so I though it would add to 22 miles but want it really is 19 miles 5 furlong. I will walk you though the maths and the miles.

Bugsworth = 0 miles

Stains Road Narrows = 6 miles 2 1/4 furlongs

Carr Swing Bridge  = 4 miles 1 furlongs

Leaving  Peak Forest Canal – Macclesfield Canal

Bancroft Pipe Bridge = 6 miles 2 1/4 furlongs 

Higher Poynton Winding Hole = 2 miles 4 furlongs

So we take the big simple numbers 6+4+6+2= 18 miles 

Now for the furlongs 2+1+2+4+4= 13 furlongs 

But there is 1 mile to every 8 furlongs so 8 – 13 = 5 furlongs and we have 1 new big number to add to the over all miles and that’s were get 19 miles and 5 furlongs. That means thats I was out by 3 miles, which can be made up over the adventure anyway.

Using the map was desinged and illustrationed by Bek Cruddce (search Bek Cruddce or read my Mapped Out blog post) I have marked once again in purple our trip but also marked the miles we have coverd.

The other odd thing is, that if you do the whole trip without stops it only 10 miles, 7 1/4 furlongs which I not sure understand because its all the same trip. 

So if you have been thank you for reading and see you next week.

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Boxing Clever

There maybe more warm summer days and cool nights on the way so want better time to work on the coal stroage.The plan was always to have storage on the bow to help with Ezri’s weight issue, the first plan was to have a huge metal box and then spilt it into three one water, one wood and the last coal.

But metal sheet is very costly and I have no clue on I make it water tight, so it was to become just a wood and coal box, I have seen along the towpath and on a few narrowboats garden boxes which lock and can’t be lifted off the boat.

So off I went in search of one of these boxes But no matter which ones I saw they were always too big either too large or too high, but them I saw rows of flower boxes the kind thing you plant  small flowers in and stand next to your fornt door.

 They were the right size made out of wood with no lid and not the right colour but with a few modifications I could make it work, Dad said it would need painting and started looking at brown wood paint but I found some coloured wood paint which matched Ezri.

Using the wood we had left over from renewing the doors we set about making a lid which would open but also keep the coal dry. So as dad work out that I painted the box three coats on each side.

Now the question was want to cover the lid with in we could just paint it, but my uncle had given me so water proof floor cover which I had though about using on Ezri’s back but it would be better for the box lids. A few hours work and Ezri now has a outside coal box and weight at her bow end. There are few other things we did but I not going tell but there are to do making sure the box can’t be lifted off Ezri and keep people out.

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Quick Quick, Slow

After two weeks between two towns/village (Marple and Windlehurst) it time to move, not very far and not of very long. We are slowly heading down the Macclesfield Canal, but unlike the rush that want Ezri’s maiden voyage I what to see everything.

So the idea is to over shoot each of the main towns and Marina’s until there is move time off work and I don’t keep having to work out the closest train stations. 

Anyway back to the short trip, after High Lane the Macclesfield starts to become wide it was almost being on the rivers again, Ezri wasn’t to happy about it a frist I felt her slip a little and at one point she did need a little bit of a push.

Its getting to end of winter, so there a few more boaters about with Dad at the front there easy to move out the way, before we even come close to each other, even being that wide Ezri’s tail is still touching the high bit of the bed. But I have a plan to sovle that once and for all.

The funny thing was we asked to slow down,told off for speeding. Its mad Ezri doesn’t go over 3 mph when we pass anyone, and no more that 3 1/2 mp when on open water, not after the last time. I don’t need her to over heat again.

As for the other water trouble we had that has been sloved with plumming tape and seals, all that I need to do is get the shower pump working again, and maybe change the wall when we start next winter as the bottom as bowed a little

Total Miles covered so far (Start point Bugsworth) = 22 miles  

Miles covered this trip = 2 miles 

Places been/Stopped- Bugsworth, Strines Road Narrows, Carr Swing Bridge, Bancroft Bridge No 8

So if you have done thank you for reading, and until next time.

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – TopHat and Tales

The more eagle eyed views/readers at home would have noticed that in my last Ezri video that she was missing het top hat from her chimmey, thanks to a over hanging tree it now sits at the bottom of the Peak Forest Canal

For a little over two years it sat proudly on Ezri and helped to keep out the all the bad weather and the smoke off the water. So it was a quick trip back to Portland Marina for a new one, but that got me thinking in the two years me and Ezri have join forces  many blogs/adventures/tales.

Well it turns out that this post will mark 100, and 21 video’s on YouTube I really never though that it would have got this far or that people would read them. 

They started just as a way of reconding the things I had seen and done those frist few days as me and Ezri worked our way across England, From Blue Water Marina to the Littleborough Quay but now have grown into much more. Little groups of stoies like the Littleborough Chronicles, Tales from the Towpath and the rest all make up the life and times of Narrowboat Ezri and her one man crew.

I was once told that changing Ezri’s from Luice would be bad luck and all that history would lost. To which I said well I don’t really belive in luck and as for history Me and Ezri will make our own.

And in the last two years that’s want we have been doing, the people I have meet the places I have seen from being the middle of nowere to the hart of the city, there is a lot more history to come for that I can be sure of that.

So if you have been reading from the very start thank you and if you new here I hope you will got back and read a few of the old post. But as always thank you for reading and see you next time.