Winter of discontent

Published: 11:43AM Jan 27th, 2011
By: Web Editor

I WENT fishing on the Fazeley/Birmingham Canal and I moored my boat near Curdworth bottom lock.

Winter of discontent

Vic boils his kettle on a log fire.

I had already spent two weeks fishing the lakes at Kingsbury Water Park and I decided to get back to Fazeley Junction on Friday 26 November. On Thursday 25th temperatures plunged to minus eight and the canal froze over. I was now stuck in the ice.

I had very little water and was grateful to the people in the lock keeper’s cottage who provided me with two weeks’ supply of water.

A lady out walking her dog on the towpath noticed that all my wood was wet through and it would be difficult for me to burn them on my log burner so she brought me three refuse bags of dry pallet wood.

This adverse weather seems to bring out the very best in human nature.
My other problem was, my gas is butane and in low temperatures it doesn't come on so I had no gas to cook my food.

There was plenty of log wood lying about. So I've been making a fire to cook my food and also provide washing water.

We were told that the bad weather is coming from Russia. So those boaters who are cut off in the countryside, if Russia does its worst, we will have to do our best.

Vic Mortimer
Nb Connie's Gift

Responses to “Winter of discontent”

Current Issue: December 2015

Issue December 2015

Winter works

Breaking new ground on protecting the waterways

Licence fees pegged

Parliamentarian of the Year

Embankment repairs


Buy this issue now

• Next issue on sale: Thursday, December 24

Issue 122

Issue 122
December 2015

The UK's Number One read for all waterways users

Subscribe and get this issue

Buy it now facebook Read on-line

Do you intend to carry on cruising during the winter


Yes - 7 votes
No - 5 votes
Depends on the weather or stoppages - 11 votes

Other Letters

Canal used by many boaters every year

AS A resident and boater of the Erewash Canal I take exception to the totally negative tone of Mr Webber’s ...

Read More »

Canals are not a dumping ground

I WOULD like to concur with Barry Chapman’s experience of the canals in his letter An unlicensed boat for ...

Read More »

View all...


Related magazines:

Heritage Commercials magazine The Railway magazine Aviation Classics

Follow towpathtalk on Twitter

Advertising Deadline:

January issue: Wednesday, December 9 February issue: Wednesday, January 13

Book advertising here

Next Issue Out:

Thursday, December 24