Narrowboat AREandARE

From the 2009 & 2010 tantalising tales, traumas and stunning photographs of Barry (photographer) and Sandra (writer) from New Zealand aboard NB 'Northern Pride', to the stories of their 2013 return journey, purchase of 'AREandARE', progress on sustaining their live aboard continuous cruiser lifestyle, and Barry's quest to gain residency and 'Indefinite Leave to Remain' in UK ...

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Nine on a Narrowboat on Bank Holiday Monday

Barry went for a walkabout first thing Monday morning, as our teenage visitors weren't early risers, and took a few shots around Brindley Place ...

P121409 Panorama Toned Lo Res  Some of the restaurants and bars of Brindley Place

P1210373 There are all sorts of businesses being run from narrowboats around here

P1210380 Looking from the Worcester Bar to Broad Street Tunnel

P1210393 Some local, permanently moored narrowboats

P1210397  Looking along the 'Worcester Bar' towards 'The Mailbox'

P1210432 'The Cube' building by 'The Mailbox' - not quite finished but already in financial trouble


A bit of fun with reflections


P1210450 Too many photo opportunities

My mum and dad caught a train and visited us for the day, as well as Maggie and Gary, Mikey's mum and dad, so at one point there were nine of us squeezed onto Northern Pride!  We didn't stay squashed for long, walking along to 'The Lord Mayor's Family Show' in Victoria and Chamberlain Square where there were bands and entertainment on all day due to the Whitsun Bank Holiday.  There was an out of this world robot roaming amongst the crowd at intervals during the day which made everyone gasp in amazement!


P1210465 PanoramaToned Lo Res Part of the crowd by the Museum and Art Gallery, Town Hall and Chamberlain Fountain


All wrapped up for the chilly (last day of spring!) day



Which one of these characters is the lord mayor of Birmingham????



Fearsome robot



Even an old WWII spitfire with a not so old pilot



A window display promoting the world cup - hope he's not meant to be a kiwi ref cause they're entirely unbiased!!

Jamie left us early in the afternoon, and my mum and dad a little later, but Mikey and Sophie are staying until Wednesday. 

We also visited Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - it was too tempting not to as it's free admission!  We discovered the 'The Staffordshire Hoard' there, we'd never even heard of it probably due to the fact that we rarely watch TV or read papers!  This seventh Century treasure trove was found near to Tamworth, which used to be the capital of Mercia, one of the old counties of England, by a man and the metal detector he'd bought at a car boot sale for two pounds and fifty pence!  It's the largest hoard of Anglo Saxon gold ever found, and funds of 3.3 million pounds had to be raised to pay a finders fee and the landowner so that it could be kept in the West Midlands.

We had a very pleasant evening partaking of a few drinks and some tapas at 'The Mailbox' with an ex midwifery colleague of mine, and her husband.  We didn't leave Mikey and Sophie, they went to La Bella Italia for their own romantic date ...


Mick, Liz and Sandra in The Penny Black bar

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