Well, at last things have been moving on our House build and we now have a water tight house, with windows and doors!! It all went up in 4 1/2 days and then the windows and doors in 2 days. Now we have all the rest of the work to do. Andrew has started on…

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This is quite an exciting time for us! We brought The Glass Barge down to Long Itchington a couple of weekend ago and have cleaned and, where necessary mended, the boat/gallery, so that we are now ready to start trading for the first time in 18 months! To start with we are offering private viewings…

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Things are starting to move a bit faster on our building site now! The Piles are in, the foundation trenches have been dug and now the steel for the ground beam is being installed ready for concrete to be poured next week. We can now see how the house will sit on the plot and…

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There has been some progress on the site, although not as much as we would have liked! The Site hut/Welfare unit is up, but not yet fitted out, although we did buy the toilet today!! I also started painting the inside yesterday and Andrew is working hard on digging trenches to run the electric cables…

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Last week we were granted the final planning permission for the house and it came through on the date given! Which was not expected, but very welcome! While waiting for this we had been getting on with preparing the site. We have built retaining walls on the mooring to flatten an area for a patio,…

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This year is very different for us in more ways than just the COVID19 problems, as if that wasn’t enough! After 2 years of negotiations we have purchased a plot of land, with canal frontage, on which we intend to build a house. We had always thought that this would be the ideal situation and…

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We have had more time this year, due to the Coronavirus lockdown, for experimentation and needed something to keep ourselves occupied while not able to be out on the canals selling. I had always wanted to try using glass powders to make pictures, so have used some of my time to perfect techniques. This was…

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Well! This lockdown has forced everyone into trying things that they haven’t done before! For us, last weekend it was a VIRTUAL market, which we had never tried before and did not know how to do. The market was organised by The Roving Canal Traders Association, who helped all the traders with advice and hand…

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2020 is turning into a very different year. We had started planning our cruising season and booked the first floating market and festivals for the year…. and then they were all cancelled! So we are staying in our home basin until things improve. But as a result we will not be about in our boat…

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We attended the floating market in Birmingham this year. It was a four day market from 5th to 8th December with a mixture of weather, but all of it cold! We benefited because we have people on the boat to view and buy, but other traders had to try and keep their goods dry and…

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