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Feb 24, 2019 - Yay - we're out of the pesky marina

Lower Shiplake Lock 51.503 N 0.899 W We escaped from the Marina yesterday, topped up with fuel up the river (cheaper by atleast 20p per litre than the Marina) and then moored at Tesco and did our grocery shop. Stayed the night there and set off this morning. We pulled up just before the second lock for the night. Went for a wander around the village of Lower Shiplake where there was alovely garden with lots of crocus flowering, daffodils in the hedgerow and blossom trees flowering,and then sat out in the sunshine and read our...

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Feb 22, 2019 - A deserved cuppa and feet up!!

We had a big day today. Walked to the bus stop and got off just out of town at the river. Walked along the tow path for about 2miles to reach Tool Station for Tony to buy some drill bits. We then walked a short distance to another cluster of shops where we went to Halfords, a motor and bicycle shop and Wickes - a smaller version of Bunnings. We decided they were pretty serious about these signs placed regularly along the tow path!𯘀 It's a lovely part of the Thames - nice and wide and I can understand why they don't want narrow boaters...

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Feb 15, 2019 - More education

As we set off today the sun was trying very hard to burn through the fog, but as we arrived in town the fog was just about gone and the sun was shining once again. We went to the museum of Rural Life today - another free entry musueum full of very interesting information and such a lot of "old stuff". We spent a couple of hours wandering around the museum and there weren't many other people there so we were able to spend plenty of time at each exhibit. Next week it will probably be inundated with children as the half term school...

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Feb 14, 2019 - Heatwave!!!

First we're going to be frozen solid and then they changed their minds and we're having a heat wave!! 14 - 15 deg is very nice though. It's certainly nowhere near warm enough to swim, but even if it was we wouldn't risk it in this lake! Even the swans decided to go for a walk in the sunshine today. I was trying to be artistic with this photo and frame the moon with the white jet trails.

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Feb 11, 2019 - Rain and sunshine

Yesterday was mostly rainy, so as soon as the sun came out we went for a walk. 5 minutes before I took this picture it was pouring. The heron was enjoying the sunshine. Today we spent the morning washing windows and doing housework etc. Then as we went out for a walk these 2 Chinook choppers flew over. This twisted tree is on the road out of the marina. There are lots of these Red Kites flying around this area - apparently they are quite prolific now after being very rare for many years.

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Feb 9, 2019 - Museum

Yesterday was an indoor day as it poured with rain nearly all day. So today we walked up to the bus stop and caught the bus into town. We went to the museum and spent a couple of hours wandering around there. It's a very interesting museum - lots of fossils and bits and pieces of crockery etc dug up from the old abbey and surrounding buildings. The Abbey was founded by King Henry 1 in 1121 and became one of the largest and wealthiest abbeys in England. It holds a replica of the Bayeaux Tapestry (which isn't a tapestry at all -...

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Feb 7, 2019 - Back in the Marina

We're now back in the Marina which is quite big and the people are very friendly. The only problem is the long mile and a half walk to the nearest bus stop on the main road. We got ourselves settled in this morning and then took off into town. Mainly on a small shopping trip - I needed some wool and craft stuff and Tony needed a new pair of waterproof shoes. It started raining while we were heading for the craft shop which took us through the gardens so we rushed through and didn't stop to do much sightseeing. I took a couple of pics...

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Feb 6, 2019 - Back where we started

Well we had another day of getting nowhere. Set off this morning and after the first lock Tony rang the CRT to book our trip through the Thames lock from the river onto the Grand Union for Friday as they require 48 hours notice. That was all good until about half an hour later they rang back to say we wouldn't be able to get through as there are 2 locks before our destination that are closed for maintenance - one of them is closed until 1st March. So after some deliberation we decided to find a Marina to sit in for the duration. We've...

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Feb 5, 2019 - Busy going nowhere!!

Our new mattress arrived yesterday- Bed in a box. It comes all sucked up into a small roll and slowly unfolds into a king size mattress Very impressive. so we had fun getting the old mattress out and ready for the man with a van to come and collect and then putting the new mattress in it's place. This morning we set off to venture on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Haha, it was not to be! the current was running very strong and before we got too far we had to stop to take down the wheelhouse roof for the low bridges. We watched a...

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Feb 3, 2019 - Walking on water

It was around minus 6 deg overnight and the water was iced over when we surfaced this morning. The poor birds were slipping around a bit as were we. There are containers of salt every so often around the walk ways but to get to them you first have to gingerly step off your boat and walk along the slippy path. The sun has been shining all day and the walk ways have mostly dried off except for the parts shaded by boats which seem to remain icy. So great care has to be taken....

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Feb 1, 2019 - And now it snows!!!

Well, Murphy's been at it again!!!! It snowed all night, so there was 3 inches on the car when we went out at 7.30am. So the worry was that the water would be frozen over and we wouldn't be able to go back in. Tony put the new nut on the prop shaft (£98.worth) while the boat was still on the back of the lorry. Within 1/2 an hour TranQuill was back sitting in the water and ready to go. So Tony drove the boat around to the Thames and Kennet Marina while I drove the car around to find out where they were going to moor us. We got...

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Jan 31, 2019 - Winter wonderland

This morning we awoke to a white winter wonderland The cobwebs were heavily coated in ice. And there were frosticles everywhere. The lorry arrived a bit earlier than we had anticipated but we were just about ready after emptying the crockery and glass cupboards and storing away anything that may fall over or rock and roll in the journey. Unfortunately we couldn't stay to watch the boat being loaded onto the lorry as we had to get to Reading to the marina shop that had the Prop Shaft Nut we require. We left Newark just before...

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