Steppin’ Out; Settling in, Fishing and things.

Hi everyone hope the weather is to your liking as there isn’t much we can do about it except enjoy. I find myself being very grateful for how things have and are turning out for me. We have at last been blessed with a decent summer to ease me gently into the boating life.054 A mooring which is very quiet and picturesque with top class facilities and friendly neighbours and a new job which will pay for my new life of luxury.

I don’t have a main theme for this post just a catch up of what I’ve been doing and how things are going as it is now four months since I picked up my boat from Lymm and set sail for Derbyshire. I now am beginning to feel more at home here. I still count myself fortunate but I feel like this is where I should be. It is still early days and the winter to come and I’m looking into areas where I might have a problem if we get a harsh winter. 069

I’ve been out cruising upto Burton again. It makes it a good day out with  between 4 and 5 hours worth of cruising and while there is some noise from the A38 it can be put up with.  It is a lovely stretch of canal with open fields and an aqueduct over the river Dove.

We get some wonderful skies around here. Hopefully you have the pleasure of big skies where you are. Notice that this picture shows that we have a slight down hill to our marina which makes it very popular for people taking up water skiing as the can take their first gentle “steps” with out having to be towed at a fast speed.

Amongst my many boring interests is a love of clouds and I will now promote a website which I came across a couple of years ago. The Cloud Appreciation Society which has over 33,000 members. There’s some weird folks out there folks. The cloud formations around here are wonderful and ever changing and with the pace of life it gives me chance to take in more of the things that I find beautiful and amazing.093 Talking of amazing, do I or do I not know how to spend an amazing Saturday night when not at work. Never mind clubbing I sat all night the other week, when we had torrential rain and thunderstorms, with a glass of whisky and watched it rain. I loved every minute. I do wonder about myself sometimes.

I bought a fishing license about 4 weeks ago and have at last got round to doing a spot of fishing over the last three days. A couple of hours of an evening. The first night nothing at all but did catch about 10 small roach on the second night and a bream about 5 or 6 ozs. I was well chuffed as they were the first fish I’d caught in about 35 years or so. Then this evening I caught another 10 or so little roach and bream and a 5 or 6 oz perch so another good couple of hours. Loads of missed bites and quite a few times where they were on the hook briefly but escaped. Little buggers.

Looking forward to the end of September when I shall be off work for a week or so and will venture out on a holiday jaunt to somewhere exotic like the Ashby canal or the Caldon canal or upto Great Haywood and turn left and set off for the edge of world. I do hope the summer lasts till the end of September but I’ll enjoy whatever I do and wherever I go.

God bless you all and have fun.

Our Nige

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Our Nige

55 years old. I work in registered care as a care assistant and have my house up for sale and when sold will be buying a narrowboat of some kind to live on. Been a bit of a dream of mine for many years. Don't know for certain if I'll like it but I'm really looking forward to it and think that I will. I have been looking at boats and reading and talking to people over the last 6 to 9 monts and sometimes I feel like I might know what layout I want. I will be on a restricted budget of about 25 to 35k and will be looking for advice and tips to help me make a fair start on the water.

Paul Smith - Thursday,22 August, 2013

There’s something very satisfying about sitting somewhere peaceful with rod in hand for hours on end. I used to do a fair bit of it myself before family life took over. The marina I moor on is home to some monster carp. On a hot day when the water is calm (not often on this marina with the prevailing south westerly) I can sit on the boat roof and watch them glide though the shallows with just a dorsal fin showing about the surface. We also have some pretty big pike, plenty of roach or rudd (I can never remember which is which) as well as some big and ferocious tiger-striped perch. 

I’m almost tempted to start fishing again!


martincowin - Thursday,22 August, 2013

Hi Nige,

So you feel ‘more at home’ without even a hint of a pun.

Curious about the downhill waterskiing though? 


Wendy Harrison - Friday,23 August, 2013

Hi Nige we are moving onto our narrowboat next week full time we have been spending the weekends there for a few weeks whilst moving our things in – my hubby likes fishing and he received a Birthday card recently which I am going to frame an put up which says ” give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and get rid of him for a whole weekend”!!!!   love it – will be encouraging him to fish as far away as possible in all weathers, well he does have waterproofs and wellies lol – love him really


Our Nige - Sunday,25 August, 2013

Hi I will appologies as I missed the pun and I love puns. It should have been moor at home which now you mentioned it I will use. We have some sizeable carp here too and some nice looking bream. During the very hot weather I came home to find about two hundred of them just basking right on the surface and they were all about a pound and a half to two pounds by the look of them so I know they are there. Now just have to tempt them. 

Wendy you could always just leave him at the side of the canal while you cruise off then pick him up on your way back. I hope you like it when you move on full time and it sounds like you know what you’re letting your selves in for. I could change my mind later but it’s slowly feeling more and moor like the right place for me to be. Told you I’d use now you’ve pointed it out. 

God bless you



MikeEaves - Thursday,5 September, 2013

I enjoy reading your stories. I am relatively new to the site and I don’t think I have read anything negative about life on the cut.

(Ok excluding the toilet debate)

Carry on having fun our Nige. I am cannot wait to join you all soon. Might wait to read the winter blogs first?Laugh

I haven’t been fishing since I was a kid with my dad.

Are testicle-biting fish headed for BRITAIN? Now a relative of piranha is found in Paris’ River Seine (see Daily Mail topic)

Perhaps not!!




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