Monthly Archive: April 2016

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Crawling like tortoise…

Months of planning, weeks of boat preparation, hours of baking     and a stash of winter clothing – that’s what it takes to get to the start line for a Cleddau summer cruise. “When will you start?” so many have asked. You start when you are ready – and Monday saw an unexpected repair (fan replacement unit) of the Webasto central heating system, the washing and drying of the winter dust covers at Cheshire Mum’s house and the Captain’s attendance via...

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Just rehearsin’

You don’t need to hear the Captain’s voice at this time of year to know what he’s thinking: it’s When can I run away to sea?  Really that’s shorthand for pining  to be being back afloat, on the boat, on canals and  rivers. Last week fortune smiled – and the carrying out of one land-based obligation allowed for some boat-time… While Cheshire Mum and Techno Son-in-law flew off to Switzerland to ride trains up, down and round mountains (someone’s choice of birthday...

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When not waiting…

There seems to have been a lot of waiting around recently: waiting for trains, for buses, for officials, at clinics, for deliveries, for rain to stop, for grass to dry, for paint to dry      (yes, seriously, for paint to dry…),     for carpet layers to arrive… But during this last week the waiting game has been punctuated by two rather special (though non-boaty) events. On Easter Saturday in Bedford the Easter Story was played out in pedestrian areas, on the High...