Friday, May 1, 2009

First Holiday !

                                                                   home for the evening
                                                   after a hard day on the locks!
                                                Yes, Cap't Dai scratched it on first holiday !

                                                         Hard work this guarding the boat !

So, we had our first holiday on Jandai over the Easter Week - 10 days!    Fantastic!   Is it Retirement Day yet??

Set out Thurs April 9 after work and arrived back Sunday April 19.     Travelled from Trent Lock (Long Eaton, Nottm) up T & M to Caldon Canal, to Leek Arm where it crosses over the Uttoxeter Arm and then back with a slight detour to Harecastle Tunnel to wind and moor that night by West Port Lake on outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent.

Total of 145 miles; 104 locks; 6 lift bridges

Impressions and thoughts:
  • want to retire and continuously cruise NOW !
  • Jandai is a fab narrowboat - built and fitted to excellent standard
  • only bit of journey didn't particularly like was through Stoke-on-Trent 
  • Dai loves his bow thruster
  • can't get good telly reception everywhere
  • lots of good beer on route
  • had a great evening when some of Dai's family joined us
  • Fradley is a nightmare
  • will do rest of Caldon Canal sometime - beautiful canal once in the countryside
  • Janice needs a step ladder to get into bed !
  • Foxxie needs an extra step to get up stern steps !
  • don't bother with a flat hose - had to abandon, need to get a proper one!
  • sawing wood gives you a good appetite and thirst for beer !


  1. Sounds like you had a great time, Jandai looks great.
    So envious.

    Happy Boating

  2. Poor Dai, they will be the first of many scratches you will get on Jandai, they're what we call travel scars, just to remind you of all the great places you have been! Foxxie looks to be enjoying being part of the crew. Really enjoying your blog and photos. Debbie, John and Bobby the dog Nb Tickety Boo.

  3. Haha I like this one of Foxxie :)

    Amy xx