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Jul 9, 2019 - Cassiobury Park

On our way again this morning, 4 locks today and moored at Cassiobury Park again. This Heron, drying its wings looked like it was doing yoga! The bullrushes are at their best at present. There's no wonder the walls of the canal are damaged when you see things like this tree. We gave a group of school children a bit of a thrill today. As we reached the last lock for the day there was a class of 5 or 6 year olds with teacher and parents waiting for a boat to go through the lock. They sat very patiently and watched the procedure . I...

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Jul 7, 2019 - Down we go again

Over the last few days we've made our way from Fishery lock, Hemel Hempstead, where on our walks we spotted this Cement mixer, and walked across the paddocks over the creek down 12 locks and stopped today at Hunton Bridge. The weather has been nice with warm sunny days. Had some rain last night but it had cleared by this morning. The canal is shallow in a lot of places and it's difficult trying to moor as we can't get close enough to the bank. After dinner we went for a walk around Hunton Bridge.

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May 1, 2019 - The Castle

Not much remains of the castle, but they are looking after what is left by keeping it repaired as much as they can. There were a couple of people doing some repair work today. It had a double moat around it to keep the marauders out. This old tree is lucky to be still standing....

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Apr 30, 2019 - Steeped in History

A walk into town took us past the Church, so of course, we had to go inside for a look. You can tell when you are in an influential town by the state of the Church. Some very old buildings still remain but are now used for more modern purposes (coffee shops etc.) Only a short walk through town and then back along the tow path. We'll be here for a few days so taking it slowly.

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Apr 29, 2019 - Berkhamstead (51.7565585, -0.5479780)

We've moved a bit further today to Berkhamstead. 5 Locks and wheel house down for a few bridges. Apparently Berkhamstead was a Port, and very busy too where they built boats and business was booming for many years. We only went for a short walk as it was late afternoon by the time we were set up, but will explore the town further tomorrow. ...

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Apr 27, 2019 - Just a bit further

We moved just a bit further up the canal yesterday as we were fed up with the dust from the tow path in the spot we were moored last. Plus it was between 2 locks and got quite rocky at times. This set of roundabouts is just down the road leading into the township of Hemel Hempstead. Looks very confusing - cars going in every direction. The blossom trees have been absolutely beautiful and now we have some reasonably strong wind that is blowing all the petals off. Just behind the shopping strip in town is this lovely stretch of...

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Apr 22, 2019 - Happy Birthday Tony

It's been very busy along the towpath being the long weekend, so out walking you have to contend with groups of other walkers, some with prams, some with dogs, joggers and bike riders. We had a pleasant afternoon with a couple we met yesterday - they are reasonably new boat owners, having been on the water for less than 12 months, and they walked past our boat yesterday in awe at our wheelhouse. They want to build another boat with a wheel house like ours plus a few other things they've seen since they took over their boat. Then we went...

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Apr 18, 2019 - Frogmore Paper Mill

The Mill is just a 10 minute walk from where we are moored. There were 5 or 6 Paper mills in this area at one time - the reason being that there is a good source of underground water here which is required for the making of good quality paper. There's been a mill at this site since 1300. in 1803 the world's first commercial papermaking machine was installed. They still make paper but in small quantities and usually special orders. They make paper with all sorts of different additives - including Koala Poo, Rhino poo and Elephant poo,...

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Apr 16, 2019 - Warming up again

Still a way to go. The first thing Tony saw as we came around the corner was the very little bridge, and had a panic!!! We did get through. We had a couple of very tight bridges to go through, and had people clapping at one bridge after we had successfully negotiated it. Spotted this barge today as we went for a walk. Quite appropriate. And this dirty thing was parked opposite the barge! We have found a spot here in Apsley, where we will stay for the next week or so as it's very hard to find somewhere and with Easter coming up it's...

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Oct 14, 2010 - Pre-booking

I have been reading up on Cambodia. The interesting diseases we can catch, the jabs we MUST have and the DON'Ts far outnumber the DOs. There is a massive amount of unstable, unexploded ordnance lying around in the forest and the jungle, left over from when our American friends flew over the country in the 60's bless them. The best time to go is in February when we can't go, of course. So April 2011 will be our time of choice, when the humidity is high and the dust from the roads is all-pervasive. Oh yes, I haven't mentioned the 35C daytime...

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Aug 19, 2010 - Nearly time to go!

So this time tomorrow I will be on my way to Thailand. I am feeling apprehensive in a good way. I have never been to anywhere like Thailand before - I am off on a tour with at least ten other people all over the country and I dont know what to expect. I thought it would be a good idea to try and keep a journal so you can all keep track of what I am up to. I will try and update it as often as I can and hopefully it will be something I can look back on in years to come. Even though I am nervous about going, I am really going to try and enjoy...

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