Shroppie

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shroppie magic

The Wanderlust wandering down, perhaps up, or maybe over, better into a magic place called Shropshire Union Canal.
Our most favourite spot on the canals is the cut, a real cut out of rocks to prevent the need of many locks, Woodseaves Cut
Created as a vein for the industry ended as haven for wilderness.

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a green wall

It is still, it is green, it is wild yet human hands made it with spades and pickaxe. It was the last project made by the engineer Thomas Telford he never saw it finished as his ambition was high it took more time to repair and repair again what failed and failed again.
Yet, here it is full of life full of beauty. He knew you could do it and so he did.

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tall

The bridges here are TALL, higher than trees no problem here for the bird on the chimney. The canal here narrows to an almost single lane canal, yet two boats can just pass if no rocks stick out.

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ssssssstttt

Trees are growing almost vertical any crack hides its own little forest of ferns, moss and my favourite liverworts. The liverworts are old very old plants living while adapting, in my opinion the strongest plant on earth.

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Liverwort with a small fern covering cliffs

While passing you feel the jungle surrounding you with different sounds, different smells giving you the feeling you just entered an other world.
You can almost see the animals swing on the strings of Ivy.

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vertical garden 

Somebody said a picture never does it justice, no matter how i pick my brain, words certainly don’t describe it.

When you are ever on the canals in the UK make sure you don’t miss this piece of magic.

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good bye

A very special way to say good bye to our life on the canals as we wander on, over land towards new water to be explored by us but not with the Wanderlust.

Watch this space for more and even more updates.

 

 

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WILLOW SPIRAL

The Wanderlust is back on the canals enjoying the tranquil feeling of being afloat. Behind us lays the Willow Spiral.

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WILLOW SPIRAL

The Willow Spiral was a part of Spiral Journey 2015, we planted it together with the boating community of Mercia Marina. It is the only Spiral of the Journey which will be permanent. When we came back this year the planted Willow had a hard time yet as how Willow do it survived and with a bit of help started to grow once again. We filled the caps, pruned the dead bits, cut the grass.

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BROKEN SLATE LOST WORDS

The slate on which the poems were written had broken, so we even picked up the pieces of the poems. On the bare slate new poems appeared, clearly poetry is a part of the Spiral.
With poetry in mind we had an other community event writing haiku or wishes. It was a lovely sunny day with many walkers joining in with us.

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NEW ENCOUNTERS

We created a small seat in the centre of the Spiral with a small Haiku box filled with little canvas flags ready for a small poem, wish, dream, remembrance or any other messages to be taken by the wind.
The seat is sheltered by a stick Tipi, to create that special place for reflection.

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HUNGRY WILLOW

The Willow will now look after themselves as some sure prove by ‘eating’ up the string which hold them. Nature will move in and take care while human write to remember the strength of nature.

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READING WILDLIFE

The Wanderlust moves on.

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WRITTEN SILENCE

 

mAgdA

 

 

ROOF TOP

ZEN-SCAPES

beach dreaming

beach dreaming

The idea of making small scale landscapes based on big scale landscapes, has been brewing for several years now. The making of big gardens lay behind us but gardening is still a part of land art. Only a narrowboat does not have much space and a roof garden was a big question. How will a garden effect the roof? Think about the rust it could create. A small roof garden was the compromise with a bit of experimenting in mind. The garden came on some wood so water could flow away or on some rubber matt to let in air, plus protecting the paint.

roof top garden last year

roof top garden last year

After two years the paint was fine, no more rust under the roof garden than on the rest of the roof. So the old idea of ‘Zen-Scapes’ came back on the agenda of the Wanderlust as a part of making our products more diverse. Landscape inspire many artists in just as many ways; photography, painting, poetry, land art, sculptures and gardening. The Japanese gardens reflect on landscapes and in certain ways garden-design in Europe also show small scale landscapes. While standing on the cliff tops in Pembrokeshire by Trefin looking down on the small beach surrounded by a rocky landscape something started to develop.

Trefin Beach, Pembrokeshire

Trefin Beach, Pembrokeshire

How can you “terrascape” a landscape like that in a pot, micro landscaping. You see the big rocks yet there are so many small pebbles, pieces of driftwood and even drift glass. While writing a land art poem on the beach the collecting of material started, small material to create small landscapes.

circle made with found material of the beach some only 2 MM big

circle made with found material of the beach some only 2 MM big

The beach by Trefin relaxes the mind and body just like so many other landscapes, just like zen gardens. The simplicity of emptiness shows in every Japanese garden, they use just a few plants with not too many flowers. The opposite of an English cottage garden which is filled with flowers of every season except during the cold winter months. The Japanese always use rocks and gravel or sand, they create a relaxing atmosphere while behind the wall the hassle and bustle of life goes on. The Japanese garden becomes a place to relax, a place to escape.

rocky water

rocky water

How to get that relax atmosphere of water over rocks in a pot, how to get the colours and reflection into a pot?

water reflection

water reflection

In this example only one rock is used washed on the sand and the glass pot represents the water.
The air-plant can’t be placed outside, it is more something for on the coffee table. Air-plants do not need any soil and can be used in a creative way but will not survive outside. We only have very limited space inside the boat and most windows are filled with sculptures some discussions later, better look at outdoor solutions.

Zen scape

Zen scape

Succulent plants survive with very little soil and even grow right on rocks. The problem with these plants is: too much water will kill them and some can only handle a little frost. We are now working on a system to protect the plants which will also protect the roof. The roof will be filled with ‘Zen-Scapes’ each reflecting a landscape somewhere in the world using special little objects found in that landscape. At times they will be simple and others will be big.

simple Zen Scape

simple Zen Scape

The wing will fly away as the ‘Zen-Scapes’ need the light and not the red light of the wing, which function was to give some shelter from the elements yet still look like a boat. The wing also made people aware of us, we are more than a moored narrowboat. We are back to the drawing board how to fit all the different elements on the boat.

stilte   silence

stilte silence

The Mercia Marina will create a bee garden and the boaters will place some bee attracting plants on their boats. There are many succulent plants who flower and many who attract  bees and butterflies. We will arrive at the Marina around 25 March and will start trading not long afterwards. The roof top garden with the many ‘Zen-Scapes’ will be developed right there, right than.

 

roof top garden in 2014

roof top garden in 2014

 

 

 

WANDERING

WANDERING
The Wanderlust is not our first mean of wandering, we have been wandering in many ways mostly with our own feet. The problem with human feet is the distance you cover and the same with a narrowboat. For years our wandering also happens with an old campervan one of them was the first wandering gallery from dAbE Art. With this old camper Berth went to markets and exhibitions all over Europe, you can cover distance even with a slow old camper.

Olde Camper

Olde Camper

The Artist on the Canals tour last year was an overal succes, however we need to make a living on the boat. Sadly we had to come to the same conclusion as many other artists done before us that selling art will not bring in enough money. So we also started to look at diversifying. We got our commercial cap on and starting doing research, marketing research.

Mooring in silence

Mooring in silence

In the camper we missed something what we do have with the narrowboat and that is being able to stop at lovely places while on route. In a camper you either have to put up with sharing these lovely spots with many other campers. In Dutch we say standing hutjeopmutje, meaning standing like sardines in a tin.

close together at the Dortmund-Ems Kanal

close together at the Dortmund-Ems Kanal

There are some special campsites we do make an effort to create bigger places. Most of them campsites are small campsite mainly managed by family business. Yet this was still not the same as with the narrowboat.

Lovely Campsite at Monchique

Lovely Campsite at Monchique

You also have a great system in Europe for campers where you can stand overnight with your camper while on route. In Germany they call them ’stellplaetze’ and in France they call them ‘Aires de Campingcar’ they are not much more than car-parks. At times they are free but most of the time you need to pay for them.
On the moment we stood on the land from friends we knew how we can solve this camping problem. We create a private ’Stellplaetze’ somewhere in a beautiful area in a beautiful setting and rent it out.

With the 'new' camper by friends

With the ‘new’ camper by friends

Our idea was born and we started to do more research into it. While on route we came along ‘Rio Guadiana’  an absolutely brilliant place. It is the non-active border between Portugal and Spain and its  780 kilometres long, flowing through some wonderful countryside. When we saw a for sale sign right there on the river that plot became our new business adventure.

the RIO Guadiana

the RIO Guadiana

We are now very busy to get it ready so we can rent it out this year already. It is right at the river and i mean right on the river, yet it is easy to find as it is also right on a road. The river site was used and in places is still used as an orchard in combination with goats or sheep who wander the surrounding area with their shepherd, still today. The landje got some very old fig trees, olive trees and pomegranate trees. We have planted more fruit trees in combination with herbs and we made our last  spiral of Spiral Journey.

Spiral LELIEN

Spiral LELIEN

It will be a lovely river-garden where, who rent it, can pick their own fruit and herbs while enjoying the view. The area has some great walking routes where you can be all by yourself with nature. Not to forget some fantastic restaurants and little cafe’s. Watch the Wanderlust Facebook page for more up to date news.

In the next bloc we will tell you what our new plan is with the roof of the boat.

 

Painted roof

Painted roof

written from the river edge
by mAgdA

Wandering spirals

We are retracing our boat-steps from last year but not just so, we will leave behind a trail of spirals. All them lovely spots from last year, which left a deep impression we will visit again, not alone but with a group of other floating artist on their narrowboats. As a group we have several exhibitions on the land and on our boats, see video to get a first impression.

back to where we came from

back to where we came from

Right from the beginning of Land Art spirals were important, perhaps because we see so many wonderful spirals in nature and not just in plants also in animals like the tail of the Seahorse. So the idea to make spirals on our route as a community Land Art project was born. Each lovely place will get a spiral made in that landscape with what we can find in that landscape. As a part of the spiral a poem will be written, by them who make the spiral.

spiral tail

spiral tail

First the Wanderlust went back home, close to her home, where she was build. Last year we past it and planted an Oak nearby along the Trend and Mersey Canal, now we call it home, boat and crew. The Mercia Marina became our place to be in February. We can popUP our gallery here and sell our art while making it. The marina was very keen to hear about Spiral Journey and offered a place to make the Spiral.

spiral spotting

spiral spotting

The first spiral of a group of spirals along the canals on our tour this year. We made the Spiral with Willow cuttings pushing them in the ground and weave them together. Willow is such a great art material and there was plenty of it around growing and flowing. You can make great living sculptures with Willow as they grow the tree themselves makes a sculpture started by human hands.

growing sculptures

growing sculptures

So Spiral Journey started right near the home of Wanderlust. Boaters made this first spiral leaving something behind for the passing boats to wonder about and wander through. The spiral is big enough for people and their dogs to walk the spiral to the centre, where an other Oak was planted from the Shropshire Union Canal acorns seeded last year.

Spiral weaving

Spiral weaving

Willow Spiral could be made real big into a Land Art Forest, planting trees in the shape of a spiral people walking to the centre, all we need would be a piece of land large enough to accommodate a forest. Spiral journey will be preliminary to the Land Art Forest planted in the shape of a spiral. As from this moment anything sold from the Wanderlust 20% will go into the Land Art Forest and we will start to fundraise money on Crowd Funding Sites.

concentration

concentration

All the Spirals of Spiral Journey will come together in a book with the poems and photos of the Spirals, the selling of this book will go 100% into the Land Art Forest.
You can take part, this Saturday 9 May at Milton Keynes at the StonePit field. As the name says there are plenty of stones here to create the spiral with and to write a poem on.

Stone Pit Field

Stone Pit Field

Two sand spirals will be made at Queens Park Art Centre Aylesbury, with children from 4 till 11 years old. The children will make some sand stories to take home and to leave in the spiral, poetry or figurative. After this a spiral will appear at Cassiobury Park near Watford on 18 July and anybody is welcome to join in followed shortly after by a spiral in the Peace Meadow as part of Linslade Canal Festival.

Willow hoop

Willow hoop

You can follow the Artists on the Canals on Facebook to see where we are but here is a list:

Milton Keynes at the Great Linford park from 2 – 12 May

Aylesbury at the canals basin right in town from 17 – 30 May with an exhibition at Queens Park Art Centre

Berkhamsted the mooring by the Rising Sun Pub from 3 – 6 June

Hemel Hempstead several moorings from 9 – 28 June with an exhibition at the Old Town Hall

Cassiobury Park by the Iron Lock Bridge from 6 – 20 July with an exhibition at the Cha Cafe

Spiral Poems

Spiral Poems

Travelling art travelling gallery

When we started our travelling art experiment we knew that is was quite new:  most galleries and museums stay in one spot and the art gets transported from gallery to gallery. Even the new popUP movement do not travel from place to place but popUP in buildings. The camper from Berth was a piece of travelling art but he could not use it as a popUP due to all sort of regulations. The van became a piece of travelling art promoting our art work.

The artistic camper

The artistic camper

With a new paint scheme “Wanderlust” became as well a promotion vehicle but had now more the function of a travelling gallery. There are some travelling galleries on the road in trucks, campers, caravans or buses; but we had to learn the art of cruising the canals as an art gallery by doing it.
Already after our first popUP we discovered the need of better weather shelter and good presentation. As a ‘show room’ the well deck of the boat was too small and also not weatherproof as the rain is just blowing in through the site opening. The weather also took its toll on the banner we had, here the wind was more the problem. The banner became a sail with a tiny mast which snapped to soon. Even the reinforcement of the ‘mast’ did not help much.

first popUP

first popUP

Apart of those technical issues we had no idea how people would react towards bringing art to the towpath and at which places we would meet art lovers. We like the idea of transporting our art to the people instead of the people have to go to the art. However we still had to sell our artistic expressions to eat and feed the boat.

London popUP at Little Venice

London popUP at Little Venice

We expected – and with us many other people – we would do well in London as a place of the popUP movement and the city as an art centre. Well, we didn’t succeed. People just passed by or shouted over their mobile “oooh – wow – look at this” – but only very few stopped and even less bought something. We spend some weeks in the capital to find out that it was not the place for us.

At other places we did better. Cassiobury park (near Watford) where we moored rather because of the beauty of the spot and the beech trees, was a good place for business. The park attracts mainly walkers yet the people are taking the time to stop, look and talk. The Cruising Art Gallery was appreciated in more than one way.

Aylesbury popUP

Aylesbury popUP

Soon we found out we had to promote ourselves better, had to stand out, so our appearance became more of an event than just another interesting boat. In small canal towns like Atherstone or Aylesbury that happened rather than in cities or touristy places like for example Stratford upon Avon.  As part of an event like canal festivals we did even better. The floating markets organised by the  RTCA were a good push.

the floating market Birmingham with the art-boat

the floating market Birmingham with the art-boat

It was at Birmingham Floating Market in June that we tried our new weather protection. We didn’t want it too much looking like a market stall – even we do take part in markets – so we tailor made  the ‘wings’. The wings work fantastic: we are standing out and our art work is well sheltered from the weather. And it looks “boaty”, as it blends into the appearance like a sail. Additionally the wings store easy and are not bulky. For under £15, some rope and elastic plus the boat pole we had an almost perfect weather shelter.

the wings

the wings

From June things went better not only thanks to the appearance but also by meeting more people and making contacts with other cruising artists. After the Middlewich floating market we went with an other art boat to Chester to popUP together. It makes the travelling more fun, specially in the wide locks but we also traded a lot better with two boats. We compliment each other and giving people more choice.

two art boats in the lock going to Chester

two art boats in the lock going to Chester

After a very successful popUP in Aylesbury in May we made some good contact with the Queens Park Art Centre creating a project for 2015. As you see this year became a true learning year and while it was also a successful year we can continue and take these lessons into the new year.

Chester popUP with artist Lesley Pearson on NarrowBoat Hekla

Chester popUP with artist Lesley Pearson on NarrowBoat Hekla

As a result “Wanderlust” will attend more canal festivals and floating markets. We also will join up with other travelling galleries to make artistic events along the canals with painters, poets, musicians and other artists on boats or moving galleries.

the boat as a studio

the boat as a studio

SLUIZEN

Poetic view of a day with many locks going to Stratford on Avon 8/8/2014

squeak and grease 970 kilos
sinking feeling 44 bridges 45 locks
yarningale dripping drops
finding ways in black lace

sinking feeling

sinking feeling

too short a stay for a good look at
liverwort forest
entering tree tunnel up/down
to the next number 37
thinks castle while flag stows past
a treat of bonsai behind the gate
spider looking for new home
not the hat

narrow bridge

narrow bridge

narrow bridge mind your head
cows shape the oak tree
a blue splash of the Kingfisher
bridge 50 turn the page

oak

oak

empty sweet water mussel
silver line on broken bricks
purple candles with still flames
standing driftwood with falling bark
uprooted duck
feel the draft drifting

loose drift

loose drift

hold on and go go slow
straight and go ok its done
slimy twist on the surface
the bike it holds the bike bike can’t steer

oooh oooh

oooh oooh

jump pull steer
7 more to go
working hard too hard
7 more to go 2 hours
7 7 7
more
bridge 61 7 more to go
head down
6 more to go

lockedin

lockedin

drifting people waiting
6 more to go
how to float 2 boats coming
head down 6 more to go
head down reverse
too small onwards
head down 5 more to go

edstone

edstone

an other one coming
head down 5 more to go
an overtake in opposite direction
head down 5 more to go
oooh shit small pond
wait in exit
how can i do this
head down 5 more to go

head down

head down

now that was close
oooh my lord an other one coming
an other small pond
head down 4 more to go

duck

duck

bigger boat i am still learning
ok i could have prevented it
if i looked
oooh my lord an other one coming
head down 3 more to go

just breath
a bit of drifting
oooh wait
one push one run
head down 2 more to go

lock forest

lock forest

no more energy for drop photos
no time
next is open
it is like a dance
a bit to the left through the knees bend steer
gas back steer bowing down
head down 1 more to go

dropping off

dropping off

just 1 more in number 50
last one last one
no more to go
no more no more no more
moor i don’t care just moor
pffffffffff

this is how i felt, we did that day; 49 lock miles, 33 locks and 16 miles from 07.30 till 18.30

our champion day but never again

WEEK 2

The second week on the canals started with a perfect spring day, while going from one canal to an other.

Autherley lock

Autherley lock

We went from the Shropshire Union to Autherley junction where we turned on the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal and stayed overnight at Penkridge. The next day it just rained and rained and even more rain fell down on us. We came to Great Haywood Junction and stopped at a part of the Trent & Mersey Canal with a story to tell.

At Great Haywood you have the Shugborough Hall a 900 acres property once owned by a rich and arrogant family, now it is managed by the Staffordshire County Council. A beautiful place were the River Trent meets the River Sow and the canal winds around the both of them.

river Sow and the river Trent meeting point

River Sow and the River Trent meeting point

The anson family, who owned the property, demolished an entire village so they could have more privacy while walking around in their private park. Yet they also build a new bridge so they didn’t need to walk as the old bridge was to narrow for a carriage. So the Shugborough village was no more and the people had to go. Yet the family had to go themselves when they no longer could stay and the property came in the hands of the National Trust.

a bridge too small

a bridge too small

The nice thing about rain is the drops and their inner beauty, showing a macro world that you see when totally still. The colours of pebbles, stones even wood appear more bright than on a sunny day. In this area there are plenty of beautiful rounded river pebbles laying scattered around the canals hidden in the many woodlands.

 

the colours of the rain

the colours of the rain

The next day the Wanderlust turned at the Fradley Junction onto the Coventry canal

First she came to a certain halt for me to go into the Fradley Wood to collect and wander.The next day we stopped at the Hopwas Ways Woods a military firing range, where most of nature can do its own thing, the wood was full with wood anemones and yep, pebbles.

 

finding stones

finding stones

Just before the weekend we did the Atherstone flight of 11 locks, they went a lot better than the Audlem locks and the reverse trick sure works.
At Atherstone we set up our popUP gallery opposite of  the old hat factory, which is an amazing building. It reveals, once again, the industrial history of the canals. The trees growing in and on the old building rounding of the contrast of culture and nature creating a gentle balance.
In the broken windows you can cloud gaze and see all kind of patterns. I see Italy in one and the next the day in the middle of town they had a brilliant Italian market with fantastic Sheep-cheese.

 

Hat Factory

Hat Factory

The weather was with us as spring continued her performance. We met some wonderful people on the towpath and surprised many with our art work, bringing art to places where you leased expect it.

popUP

popUP

land art corner

land art corner

The next day we went along, not the nicest part of the Coventry canal, I will not show you any photos, not worth it. The funny thing, the day before I was talking to a Canal and River Trust volunteer, who was picking up litter. He told me since they have been picking litter they collect less and less litter, when something looks good people will be more likely to keep it clean. They should export that practise to Nuneaton.

turning into the Oxford canal

turning into the Oxford canal

From the Coventry canal we turned into the Oxford Canal on a beautiful sunny day.
Along this canal we saw al sort of interesting collections and some people have been very creative to make a whole scenery, almost like in the movies. They made it all from rubbish or other throw aways. The scene goes along several boats my favourite is, what I called the water way wedding.

water way wedding

water way wedding

Somebody else has a whole collection of old cars in their back garden, waiting for some tender love and care.
One got the love you can’t see if the Vdub is a split screen as it has no screen anymore, therefor became the cat-screen.

spot the cat

spot the cat

As we went on we past Rugby and through the Newbold tunnel. A short tunnel so I had a change to take some photos of the inside of the tunnel, without blinding the skipper with the flash. As the skipper could focus on the light at the end of the tunnel.
I have no idea what these amazing creations are and perhaps better not knowing of what they are made. The ‘topsigels’ look like miniature stalactites in a cave.

tunnel topsigels

tunnel topsigels

While I am writing this we are moored at Braunston at the Grand Union Canal, gathering our energy for the locks and the long tunnel. If it stays this brilliant spring weather than we stay here at do a popUP while enjoying the weather.

Braunston

Braunston

See you next week.

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 1

Our first week cruising along the canals started at our home mooring on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. We said goodbye to many well known neighbours, even we are here just 6 months, something about boating community we all help each other. The first part of the journey was known territory until we came to the flights of locks at Audlem. There are 15 locks in a row to take us up 90 feet.

Audlem flight of locks

Audlem flight of locks

We took our electric folding bike which was very handy at the locks as you go backwards and forwards between the locks to set them to open them to close them.
The steering of the boat was a bit of a challenge with the overflows and the wind pushing the boat away. Now many people say it is a contact sport, but it should not be that way in my opinion.  A narrowboat steers in the middle so the stern and the bow go in opposite directions. To straighten the boat for the locks with an overflow either pushing the bow or the stern gives a bit frustration.  I pushed the bow in the overflow to straight it just before the lock, however the overflow and wind often pushed the stern back out loosing the straight line in the progress giving some big contacts with the lock. After watching a more experience person getting the boat in, i used the reverse to help me steering, it worked. After the locks we had some damage in the cabin from the contact sport.

Tyrley Locks

Tyrley Locks

The next day we went through the Tyrley Locks which are the start of an amazing piece of canal work, called the Woodseavers cutting.
The canal is cut out of rocks by hand so the story goes creating a manmade heaven for nature.

red stone  shelter

red stone shelter

The boat enters a different world were nature meets culture, it is hard to believe this canal was made to push the industrial revolution.

tree roots

tree roots

In the early years hardly any trees would have been there and the mud must have been twice as deep as now. Yet trees grow where trees should not grow altering their behaviour to their environment showing where there is a will there is a way. The trees gave a place for other plants creating a magical environment which no photo really can show not even with the best camera. How to capture that sparkle of the sun on the leaves of the ferns, or even the dark green growing in the dark red, or the falling stems creating a mist of shadows, how can a camera catch that.

fern magic

fern magic

The plants made a fern-tale, where all kind of stories just bubbled up out of the red sand stone.
It was here the first stones came onboard for the roof land art. There had been some land slides after the heavy rain of the last months and many trees had to give in to the pressure of the storms.
One making a perfect bridge before the bridge.

tree bridge

tree bridge

The bridges on the cuttings in the Shropshire are tall and one is a very famous, called ‘High Bridge’ the most photographed on the canal.

duo bridge

duo bridge

High Bridge is actually Bridge number 39 and we started the Shropshire by Bridge 100, time to go on land to collect more stones. There in a corner was a special piece of wood that a boater just chucked as no good. It was from a hollow part of the tree filled with composted wood, a perfect planter for one of the trees. First idea was to plant it near Bridge 39, at second thought it came on board to be planted there.

waiting trees

waiting trees

In the brown bags, covering the ugly plastic bottles, are some germinating Oaks and in the back some Willow cuttings waiting to be planted one day in the piece of hollow wood. Wood feeding wood.

intimate trees

intimate trees

Along the way we saw some amazing trees hanging in the canal, over the canal, hugging the canal. In one spot there were several tree huggers all Beeches being very intimate along the canal.

tree tunnel

tree tunnel

The next time we pass this canal them trees will be in full leave, that must be a true tree hug as they will shelter the canal crating a real tree tunnel.

In the end we came where we wanted to be Brewood to set up for the first time our popUP Gallery.

popUP

popUP

We became very good at the popUP as we had to take it down and set it up 3 times as the weather turned from sunny to rain and even hail.
We are not quite happy with the setup yet, it needs something to get peoples attention.

Poetry flags thats what it needs, a boat without a flag is missing something.

READY

We are ready, to go cruising along the canals of Wales and England.
After 6 months of preparations, the boat and her crew are ready.

the inspiration

the inspiration

The inspiration for the name Wånderlust is on the back doors of the boat. Our bike is installed ready for ‘weeling’ the locks and shopping. Special brackets were made to have the bike on the boat, the Heron on the tiller had to go, sadly.

an other painting

an other painting

Painting on the top sliding door finished in just the last few days.

the cabin doors

the cabin doors

The cabin doors are ready. They were in a bad state but after some good sanding and our home made oil they look like new. The inner panels were totally rotten and got replaced with new panels and decorated with moving trees.

popUP Box

popUP Box

The popUP box with the shelves and installation for the popUP gallery, ready, with some final little touches on the paint.

pole

pole

Even the old pole got a sanding and paint to match with the boat. We had such a lovely spring weather, so all the paint jobs got done and the lovely sun dried the work like magic.

hand bilge pump

hand bilge pump

We are even ready for emergencies with our new (second hand) bilge pump to prevent that sinking ship.

photo cards and poetry cards

photo cards and poetry cards

Under our sofa and our bed in some lovely baskets are our arty barties for selling along the tow path. The photographic cards from Magda plus some poetry cards, 190 sticking and more sticking, the weary bit of making art.

Big sculpture

Big sculpture

The brilliant sculptures from Berth, some too big to store anywhere filling up our bookshelves.

little sculpture

little sculpture

Along our way Berth will make plenty of the more little sculptures in the cratch for people to see him in action. You can come on Saturday to see the start and if you are lucky you can come back on Sunday to see the finished product. He will also make some of the bigger sculptures, but for them you will need patience to see that final product.
On our website you can see a calendar with in the white squares the places where we will be on that date, so you can come and meet us.
http://dabe-art.org/

Along the way Magda will collect stones and sticks with some sand of all them lovely spots we will pass and meet, from the found object she will make that piece of cruising land art on top of the boat.

dancing in the wind

dancing in the wind

The final sculpture shows how we feel right now as tomorrow at 7 in the morning we ‘gooien de trossen los’ let go of the ropes and sail away.
Perhaps we will see you on our way.

See you