No Direction

No Direction is our 70ft Narrowboat which is now home to my wife Jayne and myself, it was launched on 4th February 2008.

We spend the Winters in a Marina and cruise in the warmer weather.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Out and About

Out on my bike at 7.30 this morning, not a cloud in the sky, down the tow path to Fradley Junction and right onto the Coventry Canal as far as Streethay Wharf where I found the now famous Narrowboat Reckless .

Reckless, now for sale at Streethay.

Fradley Junction is one of the busiest honeypots on the Canal system, with the Canal Junction, two cafes, a nature reserve, locks and a popular pub, on a sunny day it's heaving with people, so what do British Waterways propose to do, they are going to close the information centre !!!   I would have thought that with the impending changes in the way the Waterways are run and the desire to get more people involved that places like this are more important that ever.

Hundreds of people around so lets close the Infomation Centre.

Cycling back I stopped to say hello to Geoff and his dog Meg off Narrowboat Seyella, they were moored on the Visitor moorings above Shadehouse Lock, he had just got back from his morning run.

Further on a Woodend Lock, Ex-Working Boat Dove was going through on there way to the Ellesmere Port Easter Boat Gathering

Dove, leaves Woodend Lock.

Latest on the Swan Family at King Bromley Marina is that there are now seven eggs in the nest.

Managed to snap this one as Mom and Dad swapped over duties.

We've had a busy week so tonight we are off to the Old Peculiar at Handsacre, a couple of pints of Theakstons Black Bull Bitter for me and a Soda and Lime (very cheap) for Jayne.

I have just noticed that the pub is called the Old Peculiar but that Theakstons produce a beer called Old Peculier, I have Emailed them for an explanation of their spelling as I cannot find it in our Dictionary, possibly Yorkshire lingo.


Geoff and Mags said...

Hiya Both
Good to meet you yesterday, Ray.
Regarding the "Old Peculier". A Peculier was a Yorkshire parish independant of a priory or bishopric. On the label (and the pump clip) is "The Seal Of The Official Of The Peculier Of Masham". I guess the official would be the local sheriff or reeve.

Travelling in No Direction said...

Thank you Geoff, the mystery of the spelling is solved, I did ask the barman last night but he didn't know either.

Travelling in No Direction said...

I have recieved a reply from Theakstons, it seems that it is a result of the Norman invaders (1066 and all that) leaving their mark on Yorkshire.

Thank you for your email. The word 'Peculier' spelt with an 'e' rather than an 'a' actually comes from the Norman French where it means 'Particular' rather than 'Peculiar'.