Category: Boat Update

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A Trundle down the Tardebigge

Saturday 28th January, 2012 It was a flawless, windless, blue sort of day, just right for a winter walk… The Captain and Boatwif had enjoyed a three night stay in Stratford-upon-Avon and now were making a first visit to the Bromsgrove home to which the Relief Captain and First Mate had recently relocated. Zipped into warm jackets, gaitered from ankles to knees, each walker was aided by a trusty walking pole. First were bought Saturday newspapers at the Aston Fields...

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Cold Expectations (Part 2)

Friday 30th December 2011 – Sunday 1st January 2012 Happy New Year! At 1230 am on New Year’s Day the Captain’s phone rang. There, clear as in a next door room, was Cal Son. And from five thousand miles away came the excited voices of Cal Guys Senior and Junior and of Cal Gal. “Happy New Year Graampee! Happy New Year Graannee,” they chorused, loudly, and Cal Guy Junior added his own speech: “ In car. Car. Da-da’s- CAR!” His...

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Cold Expectations

Friday 30th December 2011 PART 1 (of 2) ‘Twas on Boxing Day, after a family walk of a couple of hours up in Lyme Park*, that certain Boat Stuff was off-loaded onto Cleddau, she neatly tied up at her Higher Poynton moorings. Somehow, amid all the excitement of remembering presents and party wear for the Macclesfield Christmas, loaded into the car too were several additional items: hot water bottles, gaiters, snow mittens, ultra-thick pyjamas and a few stray Christmas decorations,...

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Take only pictures, leave only footprints

Wednesday 30th November Take only pictures, leave only footprints are the words on notices at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The 2,000 acre reserve is about ten miles north of San Diego and bound on the west by the coast and on the inland north and east by lagoons and marsh areas. Famed as being one of only two places where the Torrey pines grow the area has a diversity of wildflowers, sage scrub and cacti.  The Captain and Boatwif...

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A trip into wine country

Monday 28th – Tuesday 29th November Drinkers of Californian wines will have heard of Napa Valley, an area about five hundred miles north of Cal Son’s home. Nearer is Temecula, an inland valley about thirty miles north and a bit east of San Marcos.  Last visited about seven years ago the idea of a drive up there took hold. The route (US pronunciation “rout”) was via Freeway 78 heading east, then Interstate 15 heading north into Riverside County. The four-lane...

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Boys and toys

Friday 25th – Sunday 27th November Last Sunday the Captain and Boatwif watched as Cal Guy Jnr fell irrevocably in love with trains. That was at Poway. (See  https://boatwif.co.uk/uncategorized/these-are-a-few-of-my-favourite-things/) On Monday the older brother escorted the Captain and Boatwif from Cal State University to Escondido on the Sprinter (light railway) – just two stops away, the purpose being a bookstore visit. Waiting for us at the top of the ramp at Escondido overlooking the station (US: transit center) were Cal...

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Outdoor Adventures

Monday 21st – Wednesday 23rd November             Cal Guy Snr was detailed to escort us up to Double Peak Park, a city park about  a thousand feet above San Marcos from which, on a good day, wide views can be seen.  It was a good day.  After the severe rain on Sunday night cold sector weather left the skies clear and with good visibility. The skyscrapers of San Diego (about 35 miles south) could be made out, and...

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“These are a few of my favourite things…”

San Marcos and Poway     It was at the local play park the other day that Cal Guy Snr pronounced himself King of the World. He had scrambled to the topmost position of the climbing frame and adapted the well-known “I’m the king of the castle” expression. “Well, if you’re king of the whole world,” ventured Boatwif, “what would be your first rule?”             Back came a reply: “All lessons in school will be about trains and planes and nothing...

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Chasing the Sunset

London Heathrow to San Diego: 5485 miles It was a first flight for the Cleddau crew from Heathrow’s Terminal 5. What a delight that embarkation point is.  It is thoughtfully planned for passengers’ arrivals by road or rail, for the swift dispatching of baggage to aircraft and for the smooth management of passenger security checks through to airside (though not so for the two Italian passport holders in front of us: their photos were not of the right sort of...

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By water – for water

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th November 2011     Can a reverse of about one hundred yards and a forward propulsion of equal length be considered “a cruise”? If so, then Cleddau cruised on Friday morning, from her pontoon at Victoria Pit Moorings, Higher Poynton to the water point beside the Trading Post – and back again.     The boat had been “dewatered” as a precaution against winter freezing about three weeks ago but with the decision to sleep on board...