Alvechurch

The plan today was to get through the three tunnels on the way to Kings Norton and moor around there for the night.  We entered the first tunnel in bright sun light and came out the other side to be greeted with horizontal hail.   So much hail that it got caught in my hair and I ended up with an ice-cream headache.   The storm passed as quickly as it came, and we went through the next short tunnel, all good.  Pulled up at Alvechurch to do the shopping as we only had veg on board.  I grabbed my backpack out from under the bed, for my camera in case it rained again, and as I was putting on outside I noticed it was wet on the bottom.   I don’t know, I could have set it down outside in a wet spot but couldn’t remember doing it.  Anyway got supplies onboard and decided to check to see if there was damp where the backpack was.  No damp – Yay.   But you know, I’ve been smelling damp for weeks, and we’ve looked in all the likely spots (many people have looked).  Obviously I’d complained enough to be taken seriously, and we decided to pull the mattress off the bed to make sure the washing machine wasn’t leaking, it’s in a cupboard at the head of the bed.   Not the washing machine.   What was sitting in a huge puddle of water however was the calorifier (the hot water system tank and workings – for the whole boat).  We can’t find where the leak is.  So for the time being all the joints have got disposable nappies under them for damage control.   I’m wondering if it was because the boat was on shore power for so long.  Shore power = lovely hot water.   Maybe things expanded?   Thoughts anyone?

So that was the end of boating for today.   The next tunnel tomorrow is almost 3 miles long.   I would have preferred to do it today, less time to think about it, however it will done tomorrow now.   Lots of boats moving today – more than I’ve seen in a while.

Travel Stats:  28 July to 1 Dec

Locks               191
Miles                266
Tunnels            8

Average of 2.11 miles per day.  Okay we didn’t do very well last year.  The previous average was 2.42 miles per day – we’re getting slower!

Travel Stats:  2 Dec 2013 to March 20 2014 (I thought I’d just get it out there).

Locks              0
Miles               0
Tunnels           0

Maybe we can redeem ourselves between now and April – up the average a bit – unlikely.  The yearly stats will be woeful.

Photos below of the floods on the River Severn – below the marina I was moored in.

Looking downstream

Looking downstream

The wide beam lock

The wide beam lock

Nobody sat on this for a while.  You can just see it in the first photo

Nobody sat on this for a while. You can just see it in the first photo

The water actually went higher than the white measure.

The water actually went higher than the white measure.

This is the narrow beam lock we just used to come onto the Severn.   The dots in the middle are the tops of the lock gates.  At one stage they were also completely underwater.

This is the narrow beam lock we just used to come onto the Severn. The dots in the middle are the tops of the lock gates. At one stage they were also completely underwater.

Along the river upstream to the park.

Along the river upstream to the park.

The pub carpark.

The pub carpark.

The park.   The river is on the left.

The park. The river is on the left.

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2 Responses to Alvechurch

  1. Keith Inglis says:

    Hi Lesley and Howard
    I did a bit of a search regarding your califorer and stumbled across the canal boat forum (listed as my website above) lots of ideas and suggestions for causes and repairs.
    A really basic thought I had, does the unit have a pressure relief valve? (It will either have this or an expansion tank) If it does, where does it drain to?
    Cheers
    Keith

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    • Lizzi says:

      Yo Keith! So the stupid calorifier thing is becoming a pain in the butt. We’ve had a boat builder look at it and its actually leaking from the unit itself at a weld point. Currently being managed by disposable nappies and prayers. We were aiming for a boat workshop this weekend but are stuck below one of the locks as some how the pound above it has emptied. It’s about 2 miles of canal which needs to be refilled. Can’t see us moving for another 2 says at this point.

      Beautiful day to be stranded though, nothing but sun.

      Lesley.

      Sent from my iPhone

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