We have survived yet another winter on the boat. This winter was not as bad as the last few. We had very little snow and the canals only froze over for a day or so. That is a vast improvement on previous winters.
Just to help with the warmer winter we had unlimited amounts of free fire wood. There have been so many trees cut down that there is a surplus of timber. The chainsaws earned their keep this year, that for sure.
We spent the start of the winter on the Worcester Birmingham Canal at Hopwood. From there we moved slowly round through Birmingham and eventually on to the Staff's & Worcester Canal. We saw the new year in there and then reversed the route back through Birmingham and then on to Hopwood and Tardebigge. With the Tardebigge flight closed we could not go any further in that direction and then Birmingham was closed because of a leak we were a bit stuck.
The winter has given us a chance to catch up on some boat maintenance. The engine is fully serviced, a few electrical niggles have now been sorted. A new thermal insulated carpet in the saloon has been fitted and a posh new helmsman's seat has been fitted. But now its March and all of the stoppages are clearing, the maintenance completed and we can start to move once again.
We do not have and fixed plan for this year. We always change things anyway.