A few photos from a lovely weekend with spent with friends old and new enjoying old boats, little trains, and good music. Our friends have a boatyard full of interesting old boats, with a narrow gauge railway around the outside, and every October they invite a bunch of people over for a party. It was great to catch up with some people we’d not seen since we went to Stone last year, and to meet others properly for the first time, including the canal laureate, Jo Bell! She describes the Fullers’ boatyard thus (in a great post about how she moved back North via the Severn!):
“Just uphill is a little yard where famous working boats, the grubby queens of the waterway, are healed and relaunched. Here Roger collects signal boxes and old railway cars and unusual, ragged machinery, and brings it all back to wholeness with a mixture of love and welding.”
We also had the added pleasure of staying the night in the butty Ilford, which was very cosy! So, thanks for having us, Fullers!
We also acquired a larger than usual 70s handbowl (for our larger then usual boat!) from a passing boater who was throwing it out. I have plans to repaint in in Severn and Canal colours, as it’s fairly crudely painted and unless I can be convinced otherwise I don’t think it would be a travesty to start again!
Mending a bent point on the railway: