Monthly Archive: July 2021

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Tales of the Unexpected

Middlewich (Trent and Mersey) to Boothstown (Leigh Branch): 43 miles, 3 tunnels, 1 lock Before leaving the teeming hordes of boats and people in Middlewich on Sunday there was a stroll to the towpath stretch above King’s Lock to view the floating traders.  Fairies and wizards     were in evidence – plus a periscope sextant   and plenty of cushions… There were songs of praise emanating from a Community Church in a garden opposite the old Middlewich Boat Centre and...

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Back to boating…

Home moorings to Middlewich: 37 miles, 48 locks Cleddau is heading south (down the Macc), then north (down the Trent and Mersey) then east and north again along the Bridgewater Canal. No new waters and no great adventures are planned, but all being well there may be a new terra firma location to visit… In previous years exciting watery trips (crossing the Ribble and the Wash, cruising down the tidal Severn, doing the tidal Thames) have been enjoyed alongside the...

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Feasts, treats and reunions

Of all the many Boris announcements these past umpteen months none was greeted with more enthusiasm than this one on June 28th this year: The 30-person limit on weddings will be removed in England from June 21, despite step four being delayed. That means there will be no numerical limit on either receptions or ceremonies – either indoors or outdoors. Instead, capacity limits will be the highest number of people venues can accommodate while still being Covid-secure. Yippee – WhatsApp...

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When you can’t help but read it

Conversation during childhood breakfasts was not encouraged: there were four girls to be got out of the door and dispatched on their way to school. There’s a lingering memory though of cereal packets and sauce bottles on the kitchen table that provided reading practice during those time-pressured meals. Is that the reason that words, either singly or in phrases, still tend to draw Boatwif’s eye? Canal and River Trust estimate that there are over 34,000 narrow boats on the UK...

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