Yelvertoft -> Winwick in the Fields Extinction events in Ashby st Ledgers Braunston -> Yelvertoft Flecknoe -> Braunston Fitting flexible solar panels to a narrowboat Calcutt Boats -> Flecknoe Weedon -> Calcutt Boats Painting a narrowboat water-tank Amazon tried to charge me postage on a free postage item Adding to narrowboat battery bank Weedon -> Dodford Painting the water tank (cover) Stowehill -> Weedon Nether Heyford -> Stowehill Gayton -> Nether Heyford Blisworth Arm -> Gayton List of dead bankers 2018 – conspiracy update Gayton Junction -> Blisworth Arm List of Demonetized YouTube stars Blisworth -> Gayton Junction Stoke Bruerne -> Blisworth Nether Heyford -> Stoke Bruerne Armed robbery Nether Heyford post office Winter boating – Minus 7.5c with snow Mini USB Voltmeter Norton Junction -> Nether Hayford Braunston -> Norton Junction Amazon Flex stopped paying me Google’s ‘alt-media off button’ for forthcoming war My year in Strava – 2017 New Years Walk 20th November update Whilton -> Braunston Dodford -> Whilton Weedon -> Dodford Google index is now spam Non-slip adhesive matting and other jobs Is this why my site has been censored? Nether Hayford -> Weedon Bec BMC 1,800 alternator First Patreon Pledger! Phone broke [Nether Hayford] Funny video of the day Google, other tech companies warned over ‘dangerous’ banning of neo-Nazis, hate groups How a bitcoin is made Fastening fairleads to my boat pt1 Google Censorship clamps down on the ‘alt-media’ Middle of nowhere – Near Gayton Sense of future – Unilever Saga 20 years on Censored by Google- 64% Black-hat Google penalty for White-hat site Final day painting and Gayton Marina Bonnie Eye Boat update Blisworth Marina 3 Reasons you won’t ever tell me 9/11 was not an inside job Nene and onwards Tradline ropes and things, Braunston Junction Houses past and present Bourne End to Weedon Bourne End upwards Little ride home Ease my Brexit shroom – Daan sawwf On the Thames again Day 41 – Newquay to Lands End Day 40 – Tavistock to Newquay Day 39 – Exeter to Tavistock Bonnie Revival Hungerford -> Newbury -> Aldermaston BMC 1800 waterpump Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) and Watership Down Hungerford Marsh -> Hungerford Froxfield -> Hungerford Marsh To Ham Bird action in Oak Hill World Press Freedom Index Oak Hill – Dun Aqueduct Oak Hill Little Bedwyn -> Oak Hill Chased by sheep – Little Bedwyn Taking a long walk…. Great Bedwyn -> Little Bedwyn Sunday on the canal Crofton Meadows -> Great Bedwyn Wolf Hall -> Crofton Meadows Brimslade -> Wolf Hall My first Zander Wotton Rivers -> Brimslade Most visited sites on the internet ABS Review – Leisure batteries for a narrowboat Burbage wharf Mooring in Wootton Rivers, Wiltshire Sunday in Pewsey Measuring the draft Looking for moorings around Wootton River/Clench New button fitted! Milkhouse Water, Wiltshire Now in Pewsey, CRT mooring rules Get into Stonehenge free Flaperon from MH370; no story – 1 month on Skyrim V
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I’ve not been posting for a while. I moved house.

I’m no longer a resident of Broseley, Shropshire. Now I inhabit this houseboat, barge or narrowboat, whichever you prefer to call it.

Ken Bonakowski

Bonikowski narrowboat
Bonikowski narrowboat

It’s a 45ft live-aboard built by the eminent boat builder, Ken Bonakowski, from Wigan.

Apparently, he used to build skips beforehand….

Barton Under Needwood

This is now my nearest postal village.

It’s slightly posh, has a posh school, posh shops a few pubs an old church. The real money lives in the manor up the road by the name of Dunstall.


Is a manor village, all owned privately.

Barton Turn Marina

I’ve only just managed to get the internet working suitably at my moorings, Barton Turns Marina.

It took them a few weeks to sort the broadband out. Until then, I had to struggle by with hotpspots on my phone and hooking up with wifi on the other moorings.

Narrowboat renovation

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be making this boat a kind of project of mine.

This blog will serve to document the renovations, trips and exploits of this barge until the next time I go away.

So, for now, is a barge blog.

Latest outing – Barton Marina to Alrewas

Trent and Mersey canal
Wychnor Church

This is about a 1-2 hour journey, depending on traffic and river conditions.

It’s through this part of the Trent and Mersey that the river passes.

Apparently, boaters used to crash over the weir under adverse conditions, or when worse for wear after alcohol.

This adds an element of excitement to the journey. As the river joins the canal, you have to up the revs a notch to avoid being swept downstream and scuppered on the logs, debris and skeletons of ruined barges that litter the space below….

After a number of days rain, the section becomes impassable, and you have to wait for the waters to recede.

Treacherous stuff.


We managed to make it to the Crown pub in Arlewas, which was a nice stop.

Pumping out

It wasn’t without event. Due to the presence of children and boating noobs. The small flushing toilet experienced an overload and began spewing it’s smelly load all over the bathroom floor.

Craig and I removed the manual pump, which was stored in the engine compartment, after about 2 minutes pumping out, we had about 30l free space.

The toilet was free to use again!

Into the future

The boat requires a lot of work, and I envisage a large part of this blog will be taken up with my work on this narrowboat project which will include painting and renovating inside and out and taking it out on various trips etc.


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