Monthly Archive: June 2011

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Adventures on the Avon

Saturday 18th June, Tewkesbury to Pershore,   12.5 miles, 3 locks “Tomorrow a half day’s cruise to Pershore” were the words that finished yesterday’s blog. Never assume reality will exactly mirror the plan.  Eager to be boating this morning (“only to Pershore, get there early, get a good mooring”)  the Captain galloped into Tewkesbury to acquire essential supplies and then cast off, sans breakfast, (“because we’ll stop at Tewkesbury Marina for fuel and sanitary station”). The fuel was over-priced, the sanitary...

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Bells, blooms and banners

Friday, 17th June: Gloucester to Tewkesbury, 14 miles, 3 locks An early start – to little avail. On Captain’s orders (with which Boatwif totally concurred) the boat and crew had to be ready for the 0800 locking down from Gloucester Dock.  Current regulations (due to low water levels) restrict lockings to five per day, on the even hour (or so we were told at Upper Lode lock last Saturday). But the regulation the Gloucester lock keeper was working to seemed...

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Visitation from Wales

Thursday 16th June, Gloucester Docks In a past life Boatwif used to run a Drama Club for school age youngsters. Routine was all-important. Enter the room, sit in a circle to confirm names and plans, continue with warm-up games…  One favourite warm-up was called “Captain’s Orders”.  In this activity the objective was to react fast to “the Captain” as she / he issued orders: go to port; go to starboard; dance a jig; scrub the decks, etc. It taught participants...

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Tailor made in Gloucester

Wednesday 15th June, Slimbridge to Gloucester Docks, 11 miles 0 locks `First some photos from the last few days that have caused delight or amusement: •             Stained glass window from inside the Mariners’ Church •             Sculpture/ sign pointer near Slimbridge, depicting a hand, two otters and a flamingo •             A garden ornament put to good use by the bridge keeper at Patch `Today was to be a “catching up” sort of day. Cleddau had been very comfortable on her number...

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Slimbridge Stroll

Tuesday 14th June, moored at Patch Bridge, Slimbridge To be so close and not to have visited the Wildlife and Wetland Trust at Slimbridge would have lost the Cleddau crew credibility with green-minded, zoologically-qualified Techno Son-in-Law. It was a mere fifteen minute or so walk from boat to birds. A school bus carrying pupils on a day trip overtook us on the approach lane. With no real idea of what we had come to see, but a determination to get...

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Bore-da

Monday 13th June, Gloucester to Sharpness, 20 miles 0 locks You imagine a boat to be a self-contained floating island of rest and tranquillity, water gently lapping beneath the vessel, the boat a cradle at the end of a sunlit day… The truth can be somewhat different. The disco at Upton-upon-Severn was recorded before. But no mention was made at the time of the Upton duck explorers, creatures keen to walk the plank (or the metal) at dawn above a...

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Puddles in Gloucester

Sunday 12th June, moored in Gloucester Docks First a correction: Foster’s on the Docks does indeed exist, in Kimberley Warehouse, its notices advertising it as a brasserie and wine bar. The “interesting” eating experience last night was so for two quite different reasons. The food, Indian and Thai cuisine, was served hot buffet style and for a set price the diner chooses as many starter, main course and dessert helpings as he/she can manage! The dessert selection, however, was limited...

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Doctor Foster …

Saturday, 11th June, Upton-upon-Severn to Gloucester, 19 miles, 2 locks Doctor Foster went to Gloucester In a shower of rain … Dum de dumpty dum de dumpty Dum de dumpty de dum … Cleddau boaters went to Gloucester And caught two thunderstorms …  It was a sunny sparkling morning at Upton-on-Severn, the peace being disturbed briefly by megaphone commands urging a rowing four onwards. After e-mailing birthday greetings to Cal Son Cleddau was cast off. It was a morning for...

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Swanning down the Severn

 Missed the Cleddau crew doing serious tourist duty in Worcester?  Then go back to Thursday’s blog… Friday June 10th, Worcester to Upton-upon-Severn, 10.5 miles, 3 locks Friday’s events in bullet form: •           irked fisherman by reversing back past him to water point. “I might as well go ‘ome now”. •           watered boat; reversed across basin to top lock •           dropped down two locks to river •           proceeded 500 metres to Diglis Lock (went down through smaller of the two vast...

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Twelfth Night on Twelfth Night (+ 1)

Thursday 9th June, Worcester Time was when Cleddau’s boating trips were solely that, all boating and very little else. Limited holiday allowance focused effort on routes, miles and locks but nowadays things can be a little different.  The Captain excelled himself yesterday in what others would term a conventional touristy day. First event was pavement coffees in the sunshine with Penvro Pal at her establishment on Worcester’s High Street. Next to the Cathedral. En route to the Cathedral shop to...

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