Steppin’out: My first solo venture.


Bridge 22 Trent and Mersey looking towards Willington

Bridge 22 Trent and Mersey looking towards Willington

Entrance to Mercia Marina

Entrance to Mercia Marina

Just a couple of nice pics I took yesterday when some friends came round and made me walk it into Willington village. It must be the best part of a mile, then they forced me to have a couple of pints and walk it back again in the lovely warm sunshine. Friends hey?

Today all being well I shall set out on my first solo voyage where I shall be away for a few days. A bit of shopping first and a bag of coal, just in case then set off at a leisurely pace through Burton and see where we get to. I would have gone sooner as I’ve been off since Wednesday but my car died, ended up running on two cylinders instead of three so a trip to London, Ealing to fetch another. I wanted the same again a Daihatsu Cuore, so so reliable and cheap to run and cheap to buy, £650 for an 03 with 52,000 miles. If you want something small and very reliable they are great cars and much more room in them than they look. End of advert.

Nice to have transport back as it is needed for work. One of the nice things about living at Mercia and probably applies anywhere is coming home, turning into the entrance and thinking “I live here”. Makes me feel very grateful and happy. I think I’m settling in more now but the winter will be the real decider.

More photo’s and a blog later when I’ve done a couple of miles and sitting with a nice beer or something similar.

Hope it’s sunny where you are too.

God bless


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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 - Sunday,22 September, 2013

I’m looking forward to hearing how you get on Nige. I was also interested in what you had to say about the Daihatsu Cuore. I’ve reached the stage in my life when function is far more important than form and with a top speed to 87mph, what’s not to love?


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