Wednesday, 30 September 2015


Well, it seems one of my photos has made the front cover of NABO News.  I have to admit to forgetting I had submitted it. Still, it does make an extremely good cover in my unbiased opinion.

National Association of Boat Owners  (NABO) is the paramount association representing the interests of all boat owners in Britain and in my opinion is the only one seriously holding C&RT to account.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Rainy Day in Blackburn

Why did we pick today to visit Blackburn?
Well, all over the country, except London, this weekend is Heritage Open Day   (London Open House is next weekend)

Walking the L&L towpath in pouring rain is memorable but not necessarily enjoyable.
When the sun is shining it is easy to overlook the rubbish donated to the waterway by local heathens.
But this is not the view we have ventured out for........

.......we are taking the opportunity to view the wallpapered bridge.

Local wallcovering firm, Graham & Brown, have adopted a stretch of the canal and decorated this bridge in their very personal way.

You may already have seen their decorated telephone box,.  (on the right of this picture)

After walking back to Eanam Wharf we boarded Daisy, the 1950 Leyland Tiger to dry off during a free tour of the town. I was surprised to find that the indicators are original: our first car in 1954 still had semaphore  arms. or trafficators.

We left Daisy at the university automotive centre to see what  delights they had to offer.

Amongst a small selection of  Rolls Royces and Bentleys we came across Graham & Baker wallcoverings again.

I wonder if they could decorate a narrowboat.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Toilet Talk

Traveling down the M6 a few weeks ago we stopped at Charnock Richard services to use the facilities. The ratio of toilets to hand-basins and drying facilities always fascinates me. (I have a very sad life). Once upon a time we had time and motion men in industry but these skills are now seemingly done either by computers or idiots. Consider this set up:
12 urinals
12 cubicles
12 wash stations each with a tap
2 hand dryers
Perhaps it was designed by a lady who wanted men to share in the queuing experience.

On a brighter note, the Wetherspoons pub in Preston - The Twelve Tellers - has some lovely tiles

Twelve Tellers Preston