Indigo Dreaming

The journeys of the Narrowboat Indigo Dream

  • Blog Index as a pull down

  • Recent Posts

  • Meta

  • Recent Comments

  • wordpress counter

Archive for September 1st, 2014

Boat Blog: The Odyssey 2014 – Day 18

Posted by indigodream on 1 September, 2014

Rewind to Saturday 5th July (but post being published in Penkridge)

Central Birmingham – Alvechurch

I’ve not had a good week – I’ve been in bed for most of the week with a severe ear infection and really wasn’t well enough to cruise. Nevertheless, Indigo Dream needed to move, we’d had our 14 days in Central Birmingham….

We have finally made a decision about which route to take out of town – Indigo Dream has been into/out of Birmingham via every route apart from the drop down the Tardebigge flight. However, we have been down the flight, on our last cruise on share boat nb Dragonfly in September 2005. It was a memorable trip – it had been a brutally hot day and after a hard day’s locking some refreshment was needed at the nearby pub (I forget the pub’s name). On the walk back, the cider behind our eyes made a crystalline perfection of the inky deep dusk sky – thus, full of goodwill, Indigo Dream was named 🙂

So this cruise was to be a Richard solo cruise to Alvechurch -a quick trip up on the train and then a boating afternoon and a trip back from Alvechurch station before it shut for track renewal work.

Not being a man of many words this is all he wrote……!

We had left the boat just outside the normal visitor mooring stretch so I was really pleased to see that she was safe though with one pin pulled out. Yet again we discover that your boat won’t get destroyed in Birmingham.

Whilst getting the boat ready I marvelled at the runners coming past looking on their last legs then as they went past a volunteer steward under the bridge she gave them a little clap and some encouragement and every one got an extra spring in their step. Birmingham was busy, runners at one end, loads of boats in the middle and even a goose convoy. It is marvellous to see a city centre waterway so well used, the trip boats were all running and all looked pretty full.

I will let photos describe the rest of the trip apart from mooring up, now that was a problem. All the moorings in Alvechurch have become 48 hour moorings, yes I know the reasoning behind it but 5 or 7 day would allow people how cruise and work to find somewhere to moor. It was late on a Sunday so I popped the boat into Alvechurch Marina, just as well as we were not to cruise the next 2 weekends.

 

r_W-and-B-05Jul14-001

Pin pulled out, just as well we used 4!

 

water not looking very clever, film of some hydrocarbon or other?

water not looking very clever, film of some hydrocarbon or other?

Goose convoy

Goose convoy

And another view

And another view

Edgbaston looking good

Edgbaston looking good

and to think this was just a huge hole only 3 years ago

and to think this was just a huge hole only 3 years ago

Stag party in two boats, presumably the groom in the dress? Told him that he should get his legs waxed.

Stag party in two boats, presumably the groom in the dress? Told him that he should get his legs waxed.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »