Ian Hutson

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Bunbury village is three villages nowhere near where everyone says it is

…and all three of them are millions of miles away from the Shropshire Union canal.<p>There’s the posh bit, the bit that looks as though it was the …

An icy pootle from Barbridge to Bunbury in my oddly-shaped bucket

H’yar today, gorn tomorrow, as we terribly posh folk orfen say. Except that this is more a case of th’yar yesterday and h’yar today. Chained to the …

Two locks, half a tank of water, one canoe, an Irishman and a wasp

…all walk into a bar.<p>No, but seriously. The Cardinal and I went boatering again yesterday. In roughly four hours, on what ought to have been a quiet …

New nuts, new bolts, old-fashioned biscuits

A short trip to the nice chaps at Aqueduct Marina to acquire bolts of various sizes, some of those peculiar nuts with the nylon inserts – the ones …

Sheikh D’Ownrun meets Lola, a canoeist, & an oil gauge sensor on the run

Well there’s lovely for you, yes indeed, Myffanwy. Atcherly, is <i>has</i> been quite spiffing, albeit tending more towards the Rennie at times than I would …

North is upside down, two dogs, and one of the Cardinal’s nuts fell off.

Yesterday was an interesting day.<p>Updown-side compasses notwithstanding, I have populated this blog with photographs of flowers from a place called …

A visit from the fuel boat

So, when you’re low on coal and wood and diesel and gas and <i>things</i> who are you going to call? Well, certainly not the last batch of …

I had wind in Overwater Marina, but we got over it. #narrowboat #england

Yesterday, all (of) my moorings seemed so far away, now it looks as though I’m here to stay (for a bit), oh I had lots of fun, yesterday…<p>The Cardinal …

Anas Platyrhynchos mating on the roof at two in the morning

I took a little gander the other day, a strollette if you will, just to see what is coming up in the way of canal for the Cardinal to enjoy at our …

Hack Green Nuclear Bunker and a Radioactive Cat

<b>200 yards from Hack Green locks moorings on the Shropshire Union canal</b>, halfway twixt Nantwich and Audlem. <b>Entry as of 2017 £9.25 per adult survivor.</b> …

Doing so well too right up until the last half-inch

I am speaking to you today from the bridge of H.M.S. Cardinal Wolsey, still heavily under the influence of coffee, curry and something the paramedics …

Smitten, Bitten and Refused Entry – Guest Post by Ian Hutson…

Once upon a time I decided to buy a narrowboat to live so that I could escape the rat-race and pootle around England’s canals. The process is a bit …

A bridge not too far, but quite far enough (while on foot)

“On foot” is such a peculiar phrase. I rarely restrict myself to just using the one to get about. I know that two is probably an indulgence but, …

Lazy, hazy, Sundays full of mooching around and reading, afloat.

There is a very different feel to the sky this morning. The past couple of days have been heavy, oppressive and cloud-laden, but this morning has …

Parsonage Cottage Kitchen

Royal Sauce for Plum Pudding & a Kitchen Supper for 60 Persons<p>Plum Pudding, Christmas Pudding, call it what you will, we never eat it on Christmas …

Morning has broken, like the first morning. Sod the Blackbirds.

Yesterday I moved my boat out of the marina and onto the canals proper. With the assistance of yonder The Bro, I moved up through the lock and a …

Robert Gunning Photography

As a London wedding photographer with 10 years experience my style of modern reportage will document your happy day unobtrusively, providing you with …

Sir Isaac Newton, gravity wells, apples and the Dark Side of the Moon

Day something-or-other of our wanderings while Cardinal Wolsey is was being blacked (hull blacked, that is, not black-balled or admitted into the …

Newark Air Museum – just a load of old aeroplanes really. Splendid!

Day three of our mooching around Lincolnshire while the Cardinal’s bum was being blacked – the Bro and I set off for the Imperial War Museum Duxford. …

Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum – a visitation

While Cardinal Wolsey’s nether regions were being blacked these past few days, the bro and I took the opportunity to sodski off for a spot of …