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 -The Undiscovered County.

Soon it will be time for us to leave the Peak Forest Canal and head into the unknown, the undiscovered County of Cheshire. By crossing the Marple junction and joining the Macclesfield Canal and heading south from were we are now its trip of 6 miles and 3 3/4 furlongs.

But I will get back to the trip in a second, I talked before about water geting into Ezri so to solve this, she now has three small pegs in her side were the outlets are and on the inside four metal ties on the pipe work, so that should stop the water comming in, And yes the pegs in the holes will come out if and when they need to. But with water level being so high in the canal and Ezri being back heavy she will end up filling again soon. So the pegs will have do for now and at the very least want Ezri to be dry so I can see what wood or bits will needed replacing. 

Now back to the trip, here on the map I have marked out the area that Ezri and Me have covered so far on this 100 Miles Adventure in purple, The map was desinged and illustrationed by Bek Cruddce (search Bek Cruddce or read my Mapped Out blog post) I will be marking the map every 20 miles or each time we past though a town or city in purple but I will be adding a little gold dot which will be a photo or video place. All this not were we are is were we have been. Just to be on the safe side.

But before that can all start Ezri is facing the worng way and needs to to turned around, the best way I worked out was to move forward open the swing bridge and use the fact Furness Vale Marina begins just after it, the Marina is a very wide area and Ezri very small. So with help from my Dad, opening the bridge and watching out for me, we were able to turn and head the right way. 

The only thing was when past though the bridge Ezri tapped the left side and bent one of the pegs and lost the other two. So I am going to see if I can find end caps for the inside them and make sire there are shut for next time. We did carry on and made it all the way to our stopping place but that’s for next week, I have video so I want add that in. 

Total Miles covered so far (Start point Bugsworth) = 14 miles  

Miles covered this trip = 500 yards

Places been/Stopped- Bugsworth, Strines Road Narrows, Carr Swing Bridge
So if you have done thank you for reading, and until next time.

Narrowaboat Ezri – What is Past. And What is Come

As this year comes to its end its now the time to reflex on the last 365 days, What its ment to happen is that I recap the year but I not going to do that, a lot of things have happend only the bad has out wighted the good this time around, and even in the last few hours the year is still twisting the knife. All I will say is what is past is past we learn and move on from it.

As for what is to come, that is another story. 

Ezri’s winter morring will come to an end on the 31 of Jan. So I will be heading out back on the network, And we (me, my dad, Ezri and whatever crew/other family want join) are planing a big trip the idea is to cover the whole of the Cheshire Ring, passing/using the Anderton Boat and before heading back to home morring we are going head for Standedge Tunnel. That will cross off three huge milestones having done Tuel Lane Lock on the frist trip.

There is no time scale for the trip, the ring trip itself is 97 miles and 92 locks I have been told it can be done in 2 weeks but having missed out on so much when I was ‘comming home’ I am goimg to take my time.

I have been on three of six sytems which make up the route before. But the rest will be all new and that’s want Ezri is all about find the new and traveling around the cournty. I am going blog about the whole thing and I may try/restart videoing a few things for youtube and maybe maybe make a few into real vlogs.

Before that all starts however there will be more about Ezri and her rebuilt front door and then hopefully a exrta blog as I take a indepth look at one of the locks at Marple as CRT are having an open day. I hope that you will stick around for all the action and stories so if you have done thank for reading

NarrowBoat Ezri – Week Four/Five Of Winter or The Review Log part One

On Monday 21/11 night the rain came, and it came down in such force that it shut down some of the road/train network, so there was a question about getting to Ezri that was anwered in two ways one by the fact I work up on the Tuesday with and cold in my eye (which later in the week became full on flu) I did my best but it didn’t go and my dad did have flu. And the second the train station around the canal was shut so there was no way of getting to Ezri.

So what I though I would do is kind of recap on how the things have been since me and Ezri left Littlebrough and the nightmare that was the Rochdale.

Since the mini engine rebliud at Portland, its all about short runs and trips, from Portland we headed down to just outside Romiley and spent two weeks enjoying the sunshine and just being once agian free to explore, then when that was done it was time head into Marple.

16 locks and 3 hours later Me, Dad and Ezri had made it, when you get into Marple you can head one of two ways left and you end up at Bugsworth the end of the Peak and right is the Macclesfield leading to the Trent and Mersey and the rest of the Cheshire Ring.

We went right so I could fill up with water at the water point there were some really nice people who helped moved a working boat out of the way so Ezri could fit in the place, I had 24 hours there so it was a little being back in the center of Manchester.


The fun bit came when it was time leave and head back onto the Peak again, Ezri is only 35f so I was able to turn her around in the space she had been sitting in. Now the plan was always to head to end of the Peak but stop along the way, because I found out that you only get 48 hours in bugsworth so it would be mad to rush there and then just turn around the next village/town/railway station is a place called Stains in fact there is road out of Marple called Stains Road which follows the canal. On the bend there are new anachor rail so Ezri rested there getting covered in leaves for a few days.