We finished our summer cruise at the Black Country Boating Festival at Windmill End, Netherton. It was a very busy few days and the sun stayed out most of the time.

Friends came to join us the weekend before, to help us through the single locks into Birmingham and back to Hawne Basin. In the few days we had at Hawne, we were busy designing and making up some brooches/badges in the style of the Black Country Flag. These promoted a lot of interest at the festival and are available for sale now at £15 each. I will be putting them on the shop once I have again sorted out a problem I have putting pictures onto the website!

For a couple of weeks we are back in Eastbourne, to sort out other parts of our life. On Tuesday we did a talk to the Soverign Ladies Inner wheel which seemed to be very well received. Then on Saturday and Sunday we will be at Tenterden Folk Weekend.

Once we manage to get away and back up to the boats, it will be time to start the winter maintenance. Enchanted Moon is due on the slipway at the end of the month to have her bottom blacked. We also need to finish the exterior painting on The Glass Barge and some of the work on the shower room etc.

We intend to take The Glass Barge into Birmingham on some weekends running up to Christmas for trading and I will put dates on facebook when we make definite plans.