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, 1 September 2010

An early start followed by a late finish

Tuesday & Wednesday 24/25 August

Sandra: I spent these days pottering around with my mum and dad visiting Worcester and Stourport.  After shopping in Lidl's, my dad suggested we take a walk along the canal in Stourport, and despite the drizzle it seemed like a good plan.  Whilst strolling along I noticed a boat passing by with a NZ silver fern flag flying so called out to the man on the stern.  We got chatting and his wife asked if I was off the 'photography boat' from Gisborne - it turned out that she was originally from Gisborne, Barry knows her sister Lynn and husband David well, who'd told them about us before they left NZ so they'd been looking out for us!  It's such a small world isn't it?  They'd borrowed a friend's boat for three months and were returning to Napier in NZ the following Monday having had a fabulous time.  Great to meet you Diana and John.

Barry: After the changeable weather we've been having I opened the curtains at 6:30 am to a brilliantly clear sunny morning. Now I definitely have to get on my bike and head to the Clifton Suspension Bridge. I had no idea how to get there just the general direction, so followed the contour of the harbour as much as possible. I can see why it was voted top city for cyclists. Everyone is so courteous to you, giving way all over the place whether on foot or in their cars. You can just about ride anywhere you like without people getting upset.



What a spectacular sight slung high up on the cliff above The Avon. Worthy of an early start

P1330372  The final lock from the Cumberland Basin before The Avon, then six miles down to The Bristol Channel


 These locks are on a far grander scale than we're used to handling

P1330390A I heard later from a boater that someone had committed suicide on Saturday by jumping from the bridge - apparently a reasonably common occurrence


The Clifton Suspension Bridge is another one of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's creations, started in 1831 and finally completed in 1864 after all sorts of financial and political issues

P1330419A SS Great Britain


 Threatening clouds











Bristolian Samuel Plimsoll who devised the plimsoll line as a safety feature to prevent ships overloading and capsizing



A map of Bristol showing the floating harbour and The Avon River as it passes by

P1330433-Panorama1 The Lloyds TSB building - looks like they must be doing OK!



The old lighthouse outside Lloyds                                      The ketch 'Irene'      

Pete and Ashley from  Bristol Marina turned up about 11.00am with the repaired pump motor for the toilet, fitted in no time and job's done. Unfortunately I couldn't get underway at that point as when I'd phoned the lock keeper at Netham Lock yesterday he informed me they were doing a flush out of one harbours within the floating harbour, and the current coming through the lock would be too strong for us. This meant I couldn't start till after 2:30pm giving me time for another bike ride around Bristol.

P1330443 The day was either brilliant sunshine or raining - no in between!


The cobbled streets just after the rain

P1330447-Panorama1A  The old wharf cranes standing as a vivid reminder of what the harbour was all about - only seven of the original cranes still survive - these four alongside the soon to be opened Museum of Bristol














Two of the bridges that cross The Avon as it by passes the floating harbour

P1330456A St Mary's Church, Redcliffe















Some more facades from around Queen's Square

I set off about 3:00pm making good progress, though as I neared Totterdown old lock where it narrowed the current got a little stronger. Pulling in at Netham Lock, the lock keeper suggested waiting another hour as the flow was still quite fast though he did say I could go if I wanted. So there seemed no harm in trying, so at a snails pace I edged through the lock out onto the river and away.

P1330466 Time to leave so under the very low Prince Street swing bridge

P1330472APast the old warehouses ...


magnificently restored ...

P1330487A mixed with the modern ...



which will last the longest??



Pigeon homes a plenty amongst the many nooks and crannies


At last reaching the lock keepers cottage at Netham Lock

P1330508  A very slow haul through the lock with the current against me

P1330516A A tranquil scene with two boys enjoying a spot of fishing by the river









I'm certainly happier to be going under this busy bridge than driving over it









The 'Maid of Fibre' boat completely covered in sign writing














A cottage near Hanham Lock and finally to Keynsham Lock for the night

It was dinner on board, then off to the 'Lock Keeper' pub for a drink. For a Tuesday night it was amazingly busy and I got into conversation with Rob who's moored at the nearby marina on a narrowboat (Dolphin) he'd recently bought from Warrington by Liverpool and had it trucked down to Bristol. I'd hope to catch up with him the next day but it poured with rain continuously and I didn't venture out of the boat until deciding to set off about 5:00pm to get closer to Bath. Sorry not to catch up Rob.

Managed to get to Saltford Lock before mooring after it against the bank. About three miles and two locks. It poured all the way so no pictures for Wednesday. Had to balance on a couple of rocks to get off the boat for a pint at the 'Jolly Sailor' pub. Because of the weather it wasn't terribly busy in there, so it was a reasonably early night.

1 comment:

  1. Hi guys love reading your blog every day (like being on holiday myself) just letting u know big eaqrthquade in christchurch 7.1 lots of damage bigger than Gizzies one, no deaths so far, (thankfully) lots of brick fronts down and buildings wrecked, Matt felt it in Dunedin - woke him up (4.35am) and thats saying something. For quakes the perfect timing when the city is at it's most emptyness.
    Cheers and continue having a great holiday see u in november...Graeme