Jacko's Blog

The ramblings of a retired coal-man.

L&L Boat

It has been a busy old time in the art game. The initial response to my offerings has been very encouraging, certainly encouraging enough to continue on my journey of artistic discovery. I have to say that I am enjoying the process of discovery immensely.

I have undertaken a few commissions for people enthused by my particular view on the world. These pictures were produced from photographs supplied by Chris Poole, son of the owner of the Leeds and Liverpool short-boat, Ribble, and commissioner of works of fine art. He tells me that he is extremely pleased with the results.

If you feel the need for a certain cherished picture to be made into a family heirloom, or simply want something to adorn the loo wall, please feel free to contact me with your requirements. 

Tel: 07885 284812

Happy New Year to one and all.

A couple of images of a different form of transport for your delectation. I’m really quite pleased with these.

These images can be purchased as mounted prints, or can be ordered as larger posters, or printed onto aluminium as large wall art. 

Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Tel: 07885 284812

Steam at Little Leigh
Fine art

That ideal, elusive Christmas gift for the boater in your life is now available.

Christmas is coming – sort out that extra special present for the boating fan in your life. Tee shirts, hoodies and various other goodies are available in the designs  shown below. Click on the “View my Portfolio” link to access these delights at my Redbubble store. Please note – for some reason unfathomable to me – this particular blog post works better if you view it in landscape format on your phone!

Up and Running

It’s been a bit of a steep learning curve this week. There have been a few glitches on the website that I had not picked up before publication, hopefully these have now been resolved. Thanks are due to Globetrotting Web Services and Beer Drinking Inc at Tewkesbury, (otherwise known as the sometime skipper of a pair of boats for Birmingham & Midland), for his help.

Reaction to my humble offerings has been positive, positive enough at any rate to encourage me to press on. 

There are a few select premises that have examples of my pictures on display (and for sale, obviously), so if you are in the neighbourhood of any of them please have a look in person. Venetian Marina in Cheshire, Lyons Boatyard on the Northern Stratford Canal at Kings Heath, Bridge 35 Chandlery at Hanbury Wharf, and the Forge Studio at Dunhampstead all have mounted prints on display, and all, needless to say, are worth a visit in their own right.

Art gallery

The picture above shows a selection of my artwork framed and on display at Bridge 35 Chandlery, Hanbury Wharf near Droitwich. All of the listed establishments also have supplies of our cards for sale. 

Welcome Back



It was with some trepidation that I deleted the old coalboat.co.uk website to begin making this site. I have had to learn to use a different website building programme to that I used previously, and have found it challenging. I expect it is an age thing. I hope that you find it easy to use and worth the effort of looking.

Anyhow, here we are and I’m reasonably pleased with the result.

As many of you will be aware, Jenny and I sold our coal business a couple of years ago, and subsequently sold our boat “Roach” too. This meant that I needed something to do, mainly to earn some beer tokens. I have been working part time for the coal-merchant who bought our business, but have now decided that lugging coal sacks and gas bottles is for the younger generation.

The pictures for sale on this site record some of the interesting and varied places that we have passed through over the years. Some of these pictures show boats that have worked with us to provide extra capacity, or that have loaded at our yard for their own customers.

Happy memories.

Greetings card

These images are variously available as mounted prints and greetings cards. I have also added four designs of Christmas cards. The button below leads directly to our shop page.

Happy New Year to one and all.

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