Monthly Archive: March 2011

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The State of Things…

The Captain and Boatwif had travelled to Macclesfield on Saturday afternoon. “Play with me, Granny,” the Cheshire One had pleaded. Into the dining room we went, music playing as background to a card game. Later Boatwif was honoured to be chosen for bedtime story-reading too. Sunday dawned grey but dry. Techno Son-in-law set off at 0815 (wasn’t that 0715 GMT?) for Wilmslow to take part in a Half Marathon, he and 3,999 others… He advised us not to spectate as...

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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...