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Boatwif turns detective…

Friday 25th March, 2011 Disguised as local land-based residents Boatwif and the Captain took a morning stroll to the village post office, there to dispatch a parcel to California. Back out in the warm sunshine a left turn was made, as opposed to a right. On we ambled, past roofing workers, past a Dynarod van, past yellow forsythias and emerging magnolias. A left turn at the junction, down past the (fairly) new Health Centre towards the (very) new latest housing development. ...

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Speed Check

Friday, 11th March    Faster than waddling ducks, slower than spinning cyclists or earnest joggers we walked at an average of 2.7 mph between two particular pubs.   Not that either of us is particularly a pub frequenter but these establishments are landmarks along a once, for us, quite local stretch of the Grand Union. The reason? The Captain had a new toy (correction – gadget) to try out. For the walk Boatwif was equipped with tissues and throat sweets, the Captain...

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Boats built by the mile…

 Saturday 5th March  “Here in Dudley wooden boats were built by the mile and cut by the length” – such was the claim of the of the Dudley Canal Trust boat skipper…     Pressed to join friends on a trip to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley I had not anticipated a third non-Cleddau boat trip in just three weeks.  First had been the Regent’s Canal water bus trip from Camden Lock to Little Venice; next had come the...

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Big Ben – and bedlam on a boat….

Thursday 24th February, 2011    A plan was hatched to take the Cheshire One on her first trip to London. Fast East Midland train to St Pancras, underground trains to Westminster, a walk to take in key sights, a boat trip down to Tower Bridge, more underground trains to South Kensington to view impressive dinosaurs, train back to Bedford either before or after tea…     It started well; we arrived at Bedford station in plenty of time, time enough to chat...

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Trains, gasometers, boats and bikes

Boatwif and the Captain had driven south on Friday afternoon to weekend with friends in West Sussex. Slowly we made our way down the M1 (more widening works for miles and miles), round the M25 and down the A24 to Horsham.     On Saturday morning we were heading north again – by train. Names from our address book sped by: Redhill and East Croydon. There were glimpses of aeroplanes at Gatwick and of the North Downs at Three Bridges.  Into...

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Ghosts and Transformations

Tuesday 4th – Thursday 6th January     It was in the first Ice Age after we had come back from California that the Captain said ” I suppose you’ll be wanting to go to Stratford upon Avon for our anniversary again in January?”  We have done Stratford December / January trips regularly in the last few years – so it would have seemed churlish, indeed downright discourteous, to turn down a repeat opportunity!  So to internet checks – glorious hotel...

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Cleddau Crew Fly Home

Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd December       It was a 0520 start from San Marcos on Wednesday morning – and by jiggling with the plus 3 hours to Philadelphia and the plus 5 hours to Manchester I calculate that “door to door ” time was 21 hours, aided by aircraft keeping to time and fast westbound jet streams.       We sat at the bottom of the hill below the Cal State University railway station bridge for simply ages, a red...

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Hilltop structures and far views

Monday 29th November I suppose yesterday (Monday) was about photo opportunities, feasts for the eyesand reminders of previous delights. Cal Boy and Cal Girl ("Call me Cowgirl,Granny," but that's a sock story) were back in school; Cal Son was back at work;Cal Mom was preparing for this weekend's craft fair so the Captain and Boatwiftook to the roads. Down the coastal freeway we bowled (as that's the easier oneto follow) searching for Mount Soledad. We'd been there once before – and...

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It’s the way things are…

Gnashing of teeth again on my part that the last entry on the blog took on an unintended appearance; it was dispatched late on Thursday evening, failed to appear so after 15 hours we re-sent it, it arriving instantly in miniature format and shortened lines. Perhaps it was the last minute italicizing of film titles that did it…? However, grateful thanks now to Techno Son-in-Law, just back from his bird-watching trip to Norfolk, for reformatting the text – and for...

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Boatwif – Thoughts at Thanksgiving…

  Tuesday 23rd – Thursday 25th November No apologies – but the photos are mostly about food! Whatever else it is about the Thanksgiving Holiday Season brings the Americans' love of food to the fore. So it was not inappropriate to start Tuesday with a treat trip to IHOP – for breakfast. Pancakes are a speciality: Cal Guy went for the banana smile Happy Face, Cal Girl for the chocolate bomb Funny Face, Boatwif went for a relatively modest spinach...