Monthly Archive: July 2013

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Just moving slowly

Tuesday – Wootton Wawen to Lowsonford:  4.5 miles, 9 locks, 1 aqueduct            Cleddau continues her slow creep up the Stratford Canal. The sun’s hot rays define actions and activity: after a glorious, restful day on Monday under the shade of a wide-spreading tree it was time to move on. The Captain executed a fine reverse back to the Anglo-Welsh base behind to buy a replacement propane bottle. In slow time one of the longest boats in the hire fleet...

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Tight squeeze

Wilmcote to Wootton Wawen: 3.6 miles,1 lock, 2 aqueducts           No great distance covered today – but time allowed to make observations. Cleddaubegan her morning cruise along the Stratford Canal in ideal conditions. Speed merchants needing to return to base from the River Festival had passed by yesterday evening and again early in the morning, beating the heat, presumably.  Today, to cruise in warm conditions, in dappled shade and with gentle breezes was sheer boating bliss!           To pass another...

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River festival, Stratford-style

Valley Wharf to Wilmcote: 2.9 miles, 12 locks            Phase 3 of the Summer Cruise has begun: this time “summer” is an appropriate word to use!             There was never any intention to move the boat on Saturday – still hemmed in by a hire boat the crew sought boats elsewhere. How would a Stratford River Festival compare with the biennial Bedford River Festival?  A half mile or so towpath trundle down past four locks brings walkers and cyclists to...

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Clunk!

Stratford to Valley Wharf: 2.1 miles, 5 locks.           Last night’s RSC production, A Mad World My Masters, currently playing at the Swan Theatre, is a comedy written in the early 1600s but edited and set in 1950s Soho. The result is a riotously funny and extremely bawdy production. The cast are magnificent but the full-throated jazz singer who provides a strong link between scenes and story-lines is truly amazing. Parents / carers be warned: this production is not recommended...

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Completists?

Moored on Stratford Riverside: 3.5 miles, 1 lock            Not an original thought but surely to be bored in Stratford is to be bored of life. It is no surprise to hear a multiplicity of languages in the heart of England but yet it never ceases to amaze. By mid-morning Tour Guide Stratford was under way. There was the mass of South Koreans streaming into Henley Street to Shakespeare’s Birthplace; there was the party of Italians posing for a group photograph...

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