Monthly Archive: April 2015


Time in the slow lane

A road trip (another!) up to Macc to take The Cheshire One home. What next? Why not have some boat days… and nights? The boat was still in winter mode but a few hours spent refilling the water tank, lighting the solid fuel stove, making up the bed and running the engine soon created a cosy floating residence. Time for a cruise and a systems check at the start of the season – but where to? Favourite getaway destination is...


Locks operated – memories unlocked

Yet another good idea from Cheshire Mum: “Why don’t you join us in Wiltshire for a few days in the Easter holidays and then do childcare duties after that?” That simple suggestion involved an east to west and back again criss-cross of the country and a struggle with road routes.  But out west, not far from Devizes, there was a surprise. Right outside the appropriately named Lockside Cottage is Lock 21 of the Kennet and Avon Canal. It was gongoozlers’...


Latitude 57º North

The Black Isle is not an island – and neither is it particularly black. This peninsula lying north and east of Inverness gets its name from appearing dark against the white of the often snow-capped mountains that surround it and the grey and blue colours of the sea. Scottish Sis and Sheepman live on the Black Isle, their one-time croft now a low-lying T-shaped comfortable home.     There are six other homes within walking distance although only the lights of one are visible...

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