Black Country Boating Festival
We finished our summer cruise at the Black Country Boating Festival at Windmill End, Netherton. It was a very busy few days and the sun stayed out most of the time.
Friends came to join us the weekend before, to help us through the single locks into Birmingham and back to Hawne Basin. In the few days we had at Hawne, we were busy designing and making up some brooches/badges in the style of the Black Country Flag. These promoted a lot of interest at the festival and are available for sale now at £15 each. I will be putting them on the shop once I have again sorted out a problem I have putting pictures onto the website!
For a couple of weeks we are back in Eastbourne, to sort out other parts of our life. On Tuesday we did a talk to the Soverign Ladies Inner wheel which seemed to be very well received. Then on Saturday and Sunday we will be at Tenterden Folk Weekend.
Once we manage to get away and back up to the boats, it will be time to start the winter maintenance. Enchanted Moon is due on the slipway at the end of the month to have her bottom blacked. We also need to finish the exterior painting on The Glass Barge and some of the work on the shower room etc.
We intend to take The Glass Barge into Birmingham on some weekends running up to Christmas for trading and I will put dates on facebook when we make definite plans.
The Glass Barge on Facebook
Our summer cruise is going well. Trading was good at the Linslade Canal Festival and we also managed to meet up with old friends for a meal while we were there.
Since then we have been at Marsworth Reservoire, Milton Keynes and Stoke Bruerne.
I am now trying to post our location on facebook when we set up to trade, so that people can find us if they want to. So do please find The Glass Barge page on facebook and 'like' our page https://www.facebook.com/TheGlassBarge/?fref=ts. Then you will be kept up to date with what is going on.
The Glass Barge Cruising
We have been out on the waterways now since the 2nd week in June, when friends came to help us down the single locks out of Birmingham, onto the top of the Grand Union Canal.
Trading has been good so far at the Two Boats at Long Itchington, on the weekend of 18th, 19th, 20th June:-
and then at Stoke Bruerne the following weekend.
Now at Milton Keynes and will be staying here till Sunday afternoon. The sun is shining and we are hoping that it will bring the people out to Campbell Park.
Fused Glass on the Canals
The refurbished Gallery Boat is now open for business. Our first weekend on 9th & 10th May, at Hawne Basin, went realy well. Not only were sales good, but the boat and gallery received lots of nice comments.
There is a video of the Open Weekend at Hawne Basin that shows me in the gallery and also the boat in the water. https://vimeo.com/127689918
This blog should have been published months ago, but I have been having trouble uploading the pictures to the website! But I have now mananged it! So, although it happened in May, you may still like to have a look at the video.
The Glass Barge Progress
First I must appologise for not keeping the blog up to date!!
We have spent most of 2014 juggling committments in Sussex, Birmingham and elsewhere, trying to spend as much time as possible working on the boat refurbishement.
Our target is now to have the boat ready by the Open Weekend here at Hawne basin in May.
Weather stopped work on the painting of the outside, but the hull is done and about half of the cabin sides have been prepared up to undercoat. Since November work has been concerntrated on the inside, with the electrics and lighting well on the way to completion and all the flooring and lining completed.
We took time out to run a practice course back in Eastbourne, for 2 willing guinea pigs! We felt it went well and was good preparation for running courses on the boat in limited space. It also gave us information about the layout needed in the work areas.