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May 29, 2020 - Movement

There has been a bit of movement with a quite a few boats going out from their moorings in the marina for a short day trip and return as trips are supposed to be limited to short distances until otherwise notified by the CRT. The 1st June seems to be when it all starts up again so next week may see a bit more traffic. Yesterday we went to the nearby village of Bishops Cannings to check out the new thatched roof that we saw being done in January. We walked through the Church grounds to get to the village and spotted this grave with what...

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May 27, 2020 - Time for a channge of scene

Tony spent a couple of days polishing the starboard side of the boat last week while we were at Devizes, and he wanted to do the port side without having dogs sniffing him and people making "funny" remarks, so we came back to the Bridge Inn for a couple of days, where he has somewhere reasonably comfortable and free from interruptions. These photos were taken back in January when we were here, Quite a difference apart from the continuing noise from the crows who now have youngsters making noise!! But at least we don't have hundreds of...

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May 23, 2020 - Open Sesame

Today they opened the locks for boats to come up, tomorrow they can go down. Passage had to be booked and they were only open for a few hours. So we decided to go and have a gander to see just how many were on the move. We saw 4 narrow boats and some CRT people so it's not overly busy to start off. They won't be in full operation till the 1st June, so we won't be going anywhere soon. It will be interesting to see how much movement there is over the next few days - we don't expect there to be many making the journey as they didn't want to...

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May 18, 2020 - 92 not out!!

This elderly couple walk the tow path doing a blockie almost every day. They are 92 years old, bless them, - I hope that if we make it to that age that we are as sprightly as they are. They walk faster than a lot of people 20 years younger than them. Restrictions are slowly being lifted but we are still not able to move except to get water. However you'd think everything was back to normal at the weekend as the roads were full of traffic and the tow paths chockers with walkers, joggers and riders. Not to mention the canoes and kayaks by...

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May 12, 2020 - An unexpected trek!

Our short walk on Sunday turned into a 12 km trek! We ended up taking the road to Potterne and then cut across to the bottom of the Caen Hill flight of locks. Consequently, yesterday was a day of rest. This lovely waterfall is someone's front garden, they appear to have redirected water from a small creek to make it. Rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias are all blooming at present. Lovely cottages. These trees are also in full bloom now and are looking lovely. Hanging on very delicately!!

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May 6, 2020 - A picnic

We set off for a walk, taking our picnic lunch with us. Going down the canal locks and past Caen Hill Marina and on another couple of kms to Seend Lock where we stopped for lunch and then did the return trip. (16kms in total) I spotted the first ducklings for the season although they are a few weeks old. The hawthorn trees are absolutely full of blossom this year. It's a lovely time of the year with lots of flowering things happening. there's a large nest in this tree. This lovely grey wagtail was enjoying a splash in one of the...

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May 4, 2020 - Still in lock down

We went for a walk down the locks this afternoon. The sun came out after a few days of rain and wind. These granny's bonnets are sprouting up all over the banks. Idon't know what this is but it looks interesting. This notice is at the top lock - do you think anyone reads it or if they do takes any notice of it? Absolutely not. There are hundreds of people walking, riding and jogging past us every day. And some of them can't understand why we've been moored here so long!!!!!...

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Apr 27, 2020 - Choc Ripple Cake mark 2

I had 2 packets of Choc Ripple biscuits so I decided to try again. I whipped the cream to within an inch of its life and managed to get it to a good consistency. I also managed to find to flake bars (only small bars that they put into ice cream cones, they don't seem to have the big bars here) so that helped in the decorating. So I'm pleased with the results this time. We spotted these beautiful tulips as we went for a walk the other day I don't know what this is but they were growing wild amongst the wild garlic in the woods. It looks...

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Apr 22, 2020 - More sunshine

these beautiful peonies are in someone's front garden and I couldn't resist taking a picture of them. This notice is at the top of thelocks, however, no one seems to take any notice of it and they still haven't put any of the notices on the section of tow path that we are all moored to. Tony's birthday cake - chocolate ripple log with chocolate ripple biscuits brought back from Australia with us as they don't have anything remotely like them here. And the cream is so thin and watery it took ages to thicken up to a decent consistency -...

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Apr 15, 2020 - If you go down in the woods today

A walk through the woods today where the bluebells are up and looking pretty. We noticed a faint smell and looked around for onion weed, then came across a huge patch of wild garlic. The walk goes around the back of the cemetery and as we emerged spotted the beautiful blossom trees.

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Apr 15, 2020 - Ravenglass to Wasdale head

14.2 miles from Ravenglass to Wasdale head After the long journey from Lowestoft on the east coast by rail via London (see map) I had enjoyed a pleasant evening in Ravenglass staying at the ...

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Apr 9, 2020 - Twice the excitement in one week.

Sitting peacefully doing a crossword out the back this afternoon when an almighty bang disturbed us. This car went through the gate and ended up down the embankment. We went running up with the first aid kit and phone to call an ambulance, but we found the car empty when we arrived and a young bloke on a pushbike calling the police. Who turned up about half an hour later. IN the mean time the owner of the car turned up having no idea what had happened. After an hour or so someone tried to pull the car up using a small hatchback car -...

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