Tuesday, 15 September 2015


As eclectic as my photo order, what a wonderful city! 
The first photo is Sagrada Familia.  This structure was designed by Antoni Gaudi, who was taken on as lead architect in 1883, little is recorded about his predecessor. The interior is mind blowing.

 Gaudi died in 1926, run over by a tram.  

The third photo is Cerverceria Catalana, book in advance, it's needed and worth it, best Tapas we have ever had.
Mrs D said that IPA looks interesting.  Only able to see the colour (see earlier photo). We asked for some.  How surprised were we when we saw it was Brew Dog, a favourite of ours in Nottingham.
Refined drinking too, we found some lovely Cocktail Bars.  Our favourite was Boadas on La Rambla near Placa Catalunya. The serving staff wear dinner jackets and their cocktail knowledge is second to none.  Be careful the strength of the cocktail is mega high.  We had to ask them to hold back a little unlike the American girl next to us who was trashed on her second one.

We stayed at H1898, a wonderful resting place, with our room on the corner of Carrer Del Pinto. fortuny and La Rambla

The system, hmmm!
They are everywhere!


My next boat, better get a survey!
More Gaudi design, Casa Batllo.
The bullring, now a shopping centre with some nice restaurants.  We ate at Abrassame, right on the top.  The two photos above this one give some indication of the view.

All in a lovely trip and we will return.  Next is a trip to Fradley! Then Dubrovnik and then Prague and New York.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Short catch up

Not much boating lately due to work.  However, yesterday we decided to start repairing the hopper window seals.  We removed the opener windows and cut off all of the base liner.  We then cleaned and replaced them as well as re-fitting all of the Curtains following a home wash.  Sadly, the hair draught excluder stuff we got was wrong so I checked midland swindlers and they have some.  A trip there in a few weeks.  A few weeks is because we have a busy September.

Next weekend we leave older daughter with younger, accompanied by friends, and hop over to Barcelona for a 23rd wedding anniversary, staying on H1898, just off La Rambla.  We get back following Monday, Tuesday I head off to Bristol, returning the next day.  Saturday it's back to Bristol but this time it's to take Johanna to university.  She has a place at University of Bristol to read Law.  So I stay in Bristol as Mrs D heads back home with daughter number 2 on Sunday.  I am then working in Bristol Monday through Wednesday.  After that it's back to Nottingham and hopefully a boating weekend to finish the windows.

Might get some time off over October half term and either nip off to Spain, or find some October sun somewhere or even do some boating which seems the most likely.

An exiting and busy month as I was in Bristol the whole of last week, barring the bank holiday Monday.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Stourbridge to Coven, Coven to Penkridge to Tixhall Wide to Kngs Bromley

Hi all,

A quick catch up.  We moved from Stourbridge to Coven on Sunday where we stopped because the weather was so nice.

From Coven it was shortish trip past the Chemical works to Penkridge and the Boat Inn for dinner on Monday night.  Some fool was in the lock just before the pub and refusing to come up because he was waiting for the water point above.  Simple choice come up or reverse out.  He came up much to the annoyance of his friend the mouthy one in the boat just above the lock. The boater coming up did apologise citing his mouthy mate as the one calling the shots.

Tuesday we pootled along to Tixhall Wide and moored up for the night.  Wednesday, back to Kings Bromley.

That's holiday done, we went out this weekend to Fradley and used the trip to do some varnishing and take the curtains home for washing. Coming back we encountered a 7 boat delay just before the Mucky Duck, mainly due to the volunteer with a bit to do with the branch causing a small leak near the gate bottom collar which the volunteer could have arranged to have removed.  I saw it too late or I would have stopped and had a go.  The volunteer seemed unhappy to open one of the paddles cos it was a bit stiff and wanted to wait to see if a boat would arrive that needed to lock down.  Those waiting weren't chuffed.  Anyway, we arrived back at the mooring and used the opportunity to remove various items we no longer required on the boat including a small drawer set, lots of paint, rope and general detritus of no use to us.