Birmingham in a Blizzard

On Thursday we moved from our overnight mooring at the Mailbox into Sherborne Wharf on the Oozells Street Loop. The idea being we could safely leave Albert while we attended a wedding in the city on Friday. We don't have any qualms about mooring in central Birmingham but we thought it would help if we were not going to be on board if we moored Albert at  a secure wharf. It would also help to have an electric hook-up to keep the batteries charged. As it turned out it was also a smart move because of the weather to come.
Passing through the Worcester Bar in Gas Street Basin

Approaching Broad Street Tunnel

Having moved into Sherborne in the morning, we spent Thursday afternoon visiting the wonderful Birmingham Back to Backs National Trust site. The well preserved houses are a "must visit" attraction for those with an interest in the social and industrial history of working class England. They are only a short walk from the canals of central Birmingham.

The Birmingham Back to Backs

That evening we managed to get last minute tickets for the Phantom of the Opera which was playing at the Hippodrome. We had yet to see this blockbuster and enjoyed it a lot. The stage setting, singing and, of course, the music were great. As we left the theatre the snow began falling. Little did we know that it would continue through the night and come down more heavily during the wedding on Friday!

Snowy Sherborne Wharf

Moving back to the boat on Saturday it was clear that the blizzard that had enveloped most of the country was going to make going to Dudley that day very difficult. There is limit to how much discomfort one can stand when boating. Although Albert stayed put at the wharf all day on Saturday we visited Maggie's mother in Solihull using the local trains and buses.

Cambrian Wharf in the snow

Farmers Bridge Locks in the snow

It took the boat some time to warm up when we returned in the evening. We will have to see what weather is in store tomorrow. Arctic conditions appear to prevail over most of Britain and the prospects for reasonable weather at Easter look remote. Still who knows what is to come. And this is mid March!

Heavy snow on Albert