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Aug 1, 2019 - Just a short walk (15km!!!!!)

We went down to the Thames yesterday for a short walk - haha. This is the Brentford Gauging Lock. It was a very busy place in it's prime,as you will see from all the information. From this lock we carried on to the Thames Lock - aboout another half a mile. It was almost high tide, and the lock is manned by the CRT for 2 hours either side of high tide to let boats in and out. This is where we entered the Grand Union Canal and where we will leave from when we return from Australia in September. Started packing yesterday ready for...

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Jul 29, 2019 - The "Nut House"

We're not far from the old Asylum which is now run by West London NHS Trust, and is still a mental health hospital. It was originally built for the Pauper Insane in 1831. It's about half way down the flight of locks we came down the other day. We walked back up the hill to the top of the locks to take our garbage to the nearest CRT rubbbish collection point, which is a 3 km walk one way. We are staying here now and leaving the boat here until we return from Australia, as it's a safe mooring spot. These steps at the locks were built for...

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Jul 26, 2019 - Kew Gardens

We caught the bus and then had a bit of walk to Kew Gardens today, something I've been wanting to do since we got here, just had to wait for the right time. After the heat of the last few days it rained overnight and was a lot cooler although a bit humid. I learned a few things whilst there - this info about the rhododendrons for a start. The gardens are massive - 326 acres and 1.6km wide. We didn't look at it all, but a very large part of it. There were quite a few Australian trees and natives in amongst it all. This was the nicest...

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Jul 25, 2019 - Only mad dogs and Englishmen!!!!

Well it appears the saying is true!! The temperature has been in the low to mid 30's for the last 3 days. There are people walking around in the hottest part of the day, no hats on - goodness knows if they have sunscreen on. Lots of them with children as the summer school holidays have begun for most schools. Tony went to the rubbish point this morning, which is at the top lock, to off load some garbage, and he saw a volunteer CRT man (short, round and old!!!!) he was opening lock gates for a narrow boat, who weren't helping, and Tony was...

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Jul 22, 2019 - Knackered!!!!!!!

There is no other word to describe how we are feeling tonight!! The "Real Crew" turned up and started cutting down the tree at about 10 am this morning. Apparently the crew on Saturday morning were only the emergency crew and did just the required amount. Which allowed narrow boats to get through, they really didn't understand that it was very shallow and wide beams were unable to get through. They are all Polish guys and some of them don't speak much English. So by the time there was enough space for us to get through it was lunch...

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