We are hoping that the bank holiday weekend proves better for weather than last year at Alvecote Historic Boat Gathering. We are attending as traders along with the Cheese, Fudge and Olive (ethnic clothing) boats, all enjoying the music and atmosphere surrounding this momentous event!
Another commission successfully completed in time for the event!
Demonstrating at the recent Hillmorton Locks anniversary event (pictures by kind permission of Michael Parmee)
Painting petals on a rose
Last few stages
My first time demonstrating was not as scary as I thought. Thank you to everyone who showed an interest. Hopefully we all learnt something!
Peaceful moorings below Hillmorton
After Hillmorton, we relaxed for a few days below the locks and got some jobs done on the boat. Now Jjinad is nameless. The watercan was requested to be returned to the old owner, which we did, and the panels with her name on have been sanded and repainted by Richard in readiness for the new name 'Eclipse'. Not very original but it goes well we think with the butty (Echoes) and the Star class design, her hull is based on.
Lovely decoration under some of the bridges around Rugby
Setting off again, with Road and Tracy on their boats Biddie and Olive, the convoy of 4 boats has slowly wound it's way towards Alvecote for this weekend.
Following Richard on cross-straps
Whilst I was at Hillmorton, I received a request for a very large order of canalware from a marina I haven't supplied to for a while. A bit of bad timing really considering it's proximity to the festivals we are attending in the next few weeks! So I have been getting the stock back up to a good level, sending good long days in my butty workshop.
The boys, Reilly and Lister, just take it all in their stride!
Some overgrown bits on bends under bridge holes...
Love this boat
Lots of Piebalds and .... a Shetland? Perhaps he got the wrong field, bless!
So now we await the weekend excitedly as more and more historic boats arrive and find their moorings....