25th November 2012
Today was the long awaited Stret Lock Open Day; the chance to go inside a lock and view the works up close.Read More
Tuesday 18th September 2012
Python is relaunched at Wyvern Marina
Python has had it’s cut down rudder reinstated to full size. The hull has been inspected, some possibly suspect rivets welded, the stern tube repacked and an automatic engine room bilge pump fitted. The boat has been tested to see if the leaks can be replicated. The hull has been blacked by volunteers.
24th August to 6th September 2012
My husband Dave and I had volunteered to crew Python for two weeks of her tour. Going on board at Alvecote Festival, moving her on to Shackerstone Festival and then to Fradley to hand over. Although we have both got lots of experience at steering different boats and we have our own boat, our experience of Python was very limited and it caused us some concern when the news came through from the previous crew that she was taking on excessive amounts of water into her bilge ! We were advised to arrive at Alvecote at the earliest opportunity so we could monitor the bilge pump to stop her sinking! For those of you who are not familiar with Python the accommodation is best described as basic. Camp beds in the hold under the “cloths”. This was going to be our summer holiday! We both enjoy a modicum of comfort and here we are volunteering to take charge of an ancient bit of iron which has the most basic accommodation on board and was slowly sinking. What on earth possessed us to do this? I took a deep breath and reminded myself it was going to be an adventure! I heard my subconcious cry “But I don’t do camping!”
19th August 2012
I rose early on a glorious sunny Sunday morning to await the prompt arrival of my chauffeur, Michael Edwards. After proceeding onward to pick up fellow crew-member Maurice Marsden, we sped swiftly down the M1, A38 and A50 to Stoke and then Market Drayton, to arrive at Tyrley wharf at about 10:30.
29th August 2012
Over the recent August Bank Holiday weekend, a hardy group of seven men and a fourteen year old boy have paddled their canoes all the way from the Norwood Tunnel to the River Trent. This is a distance of 32 miles. They had to carry their canoes round 46 locks (not 25 as it says on their website).Read More