So… Why have you moved again? I hear you ask.
Well, not having experienced marina living before we didn’t quite know what to expect but thought we would give it a go over last winter and this is what we found:
- 240v electricity available
- Water tap next to boat
- Postal address
- Car Parking easily accessible
- Facilities such as washing machines & showers
- Work Bay available (but found to have restrictions on use of power tools)
- Water turned off for the winter months leaving one (heated) tap per set of pontoons necessitating purchasing a 50 metre hosepipe.
- Lack of natural light & view from windows when boats moored either side.
- Less social contact than expected
- Restrictive rules & regulations
What we really missed was neighbours passing the time of day, boats passing us and generally watching the world go by, so when we found that a ‘linear mooring’ (along the canal bank outside the marina) was becoming available at Otherton Boat Haven, with water and electricity giving us the best of both worlds, we grabbed it with both hands.
Otherton may not have so many facilities as King’s Bromley but it has all the basics and a friendly vibe.
We’re not yet sure if this will be our permanent spot on the moorings but so far we are enjoying it it very much. It’s nice to see birds feeding right outside our windows and have boats passing by on the canal again and we can park our car even nearer than at King’s Bromley.
Penkridge has, as mentioned in our last epistle, its twice weekly market, it also has a good range of small shops and an excellent bakery, Jaspers, where there always seems to be a queue for their products.
Just out of town (but nearer us) is a small shopping centre with a decent sized Co-op, two charity shops and a selection of takeaways covering Fish & Chips, Indian, Chinese and Kebabs, we shall never starve!
We have visited Stafford but before we could explore the town centre the heavens opened so we decamped to the Boundary Mill store in Walsall where Chris bought a pair of new slip on shoes for the summer.
Yesterday we visited Cannock and it seems a nice town with extensive pedestrianised area with lots of the major stores represented and we found a good independent greengrocers too.
As our electricity connection is across the access road we have had to protect the cable by sliding it through a piece of hosepipe, which was not the easiest of jobs, needing both our efforts to achieve it.
They also have the facility here to haul your boat out of the water for blacking etc. with a hi-tech hydraulic trailer pulled by a massive tractor.