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Harebell Designs

Introducing “Harebell Designs”

Handmade Interior Furnishings – Inspired by Our Waterway’s Rich Heritage and Costal Scenes. A brand new and truly exciting venture is being introduced to The Narrowboat Interior Shop – One that combines my love of boating with my much adored hobby of sewing and creating handmade goods. Named after our....

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Cooking From a Small Galley

Creating a Small Galley Kitchen.

Small space living certainly has its challenges, but with the right preparation, it's quite achievable and the decluttering process is quite liberating.

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Waterway Narratives

Cruising The Rochdale Canal

Somewhere, amidst the calmness and splendour of Sowerby Bridge Basin, the waters of the Rochdale Canal & Calder & Hebble Navigation meet, quietly signalling the start of a trip even higher into the Pennines than we'd previously encountered.

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Narrowboat Interiors

Narrowboat Interior Décor – Stylish Products

I have, after 8 years of useless clutter, decided to go Scandi style and borrow their minimalist outlook. However, I'd still like to have an inviting narrowboat interior décor - That means a careful rummage round shops such as Home Bargains, Dunelm, The Range, Matalan and B&M.

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Latest Canal News

Huddlesford Heritage Gathering – 23rd to 24th September 2023

Organised jointly by Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and Lichfield Cruising Club, this fantastic event is back after a few years away. The event takes place at Huddlesford Junction and is a biennial gathering of historic boats, floating traders, private boats and classic vehicles. As of the 3rd September,....

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From The Blog

More New Stuff

3 months after putting a deposit on a new click clack amazin’ sofabed for the boat, we finally made arrangements to collect and fit it. Spurred on by our new space saving cupboard, we’d got greedy for space and wanted a more comfortable sitting/sleeping arrangement to boot. We drove up....

Familiar Calder and Hebble

Waking up in Huddersfield has its advantages - Not least of which is the large Sainsbury's just opposite.

Pennine Weather and the Huddersfield Broad.

Being in such close proximity to the Pennines, always means that the weather is subject to rapid change. From last night’s early evening cruise in the sunshine and my ramblings about our efforts to stay cool in the baking sun, we woke to the sort of drizzle that comes and....

Hebden Bridge to Brighouse.

17 Locks and Tuel Lane. They say that the best laid plans go awry. Last night I realised that we would not have enough time to get to Todmorden, mooch about and then get back to Lemonroyd in time for Thursday. Cue much discussion and wondering. By the time we’d....

We Had Boating in the Sun.

Phew! A scorcher today - As far as we were able, we started off a bit earlier in order to beat the heat - Still hot going though!

Sowerby Bound & Arriving in the Dark!

As has been the case on many trips just lately, the desire for an early start was nowhere to be seen, so we lazed in bed for a little longer. We finally left our sunny moorings at 10 am and the boys set to getting Harebell through a few locks....

Start of Rochdale Summit Trip

After arriving at the marina fairly late in the day, we only got as far as Woodnook lock as darkness approached: We tucked on the end of the lock moorings and settled down for the night. is the case when one moors up at night, there is not a lot....

21 Miles and 22 Locks

By our standards these last few trips, we had another early start. We were booked through the Tinsley flight at 8.45/9am and were a good 45 minutes away in the basin. We left at 8am and headed northwards. This time I took a few pictures of the Tyler Wilson boatyard....

Last Day of Our Journey and Harebell’s New Mooring.

Another sunny day and we pressed on. We were in striking distance of Lemonroyd and were full of discussion about whether to keep going all day and spend the night in our new berth or to stop somewhere on the way and finish the rest of the trip in the....

Keeping on Exploring!

A new stretch of waterway is always a great reason to get up and get going in the morning, and today was no exception. We had yet more lift bridges to do - they were all different- a big learning curve!!

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