On the return journey the marina looked great in the gathering dusk. We strolled around the boardwalk, enjoying all the boats adorned with their fairy lights, and the new 'bird of happiness' sculpture outside the art gallery. Isabelle and James wanted to sleep on the Silver Ann 2. Another time...
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Delighted to report the safe arrival of the Silver Ann 2 at Mercia Marina. Our new friend Paul Johnson set off in sunshine on Friday 14th December, but soon encountered freezing rain and ice on his 3 day cruise down the Shroppie.
Icy ascent at Tyrley locks.
Onto the Staffs and Worcester on 17th and more wintry weather - it took some Christmas cheer to keep Paul's spirit up overnight.
Weather picked up on the 19th as you can see from the picturesque Tixall Wide, near Great Haywood Junction where the Silver Ann 2 joined the Trent and Mersey. Two more days of decent sunshine saw Paul arrive on schedule on Friday 21st.
Despite the cold, Paul enjoyed himself on the Silver Ann 2 - "she's a cracking little boat!"
The lovely staff at Mercia Marina welcomed us with a bottle of wine, and the Silver Ann 2 is now in situ at her new mooring in Willington.
You can read more about the beautiful surrounding areas here, all within easy cruising distance on the Silver Ann 2. Interested? Then why not book your journey here?!
Today we're writing about our third visit to Waverton, just south east of Chester on the Shropshire Union, Silver Ann 2's happy home for some years. The most important visit yet as Mary began Silver Ann 2's makeover with new bedding and accessories, before we handed the keys to Paul Johnson. His job for the next week is to deliver Silver Ann 2 safely to Mercia Marina. This will mean two or three days cruise down the 'Shroppie' far as Autherley Junction before turning North West on the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal.
We thought our first blog post should probably be an introductory one, so...hello! We are Dan and Mary Griffin, Sussex raised, Derbyshire resident, busy working parents to Isabelle (8) and James (6... 7 next week!), waterways enthusiasts..
At Christmas 2017, Mary floated a long-nurtured idea of buying a narrowboat to let to holidaymakers, and was a bit surprised when Dan frowned, scratched his chin, and nodded...
Fast forward 12 months and Mary has the certificate to prove she is a qualified helmsman, has built our website and we have happily found a lovely narrowboat, the Silver Ann 2.
We are very much looking forward to offering a warm welcome to visitors from Spring 2019.
In the meantime, you can take a tour around our boat here (professional images coming soon!). And if you'd like to keep up to date with our news you can follow our blog here, or via our social media pages.
We are Dan & Mary-Ann Griffin. Husband and Wife. Parents to Isabelle & James.