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A tradition revived

A bad habit had become a tradition, only to be broken in January 2014. The tradition (if that’s what it was) saw the Captain and Boatwif spend a few days in Stratford-upon-Avon in early January. There they would attend as many plays, events and exhibitions at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre as time and money would allow. Last year block bookings of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies meant theatre tickets in January were unobtainable – and the...

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Ring in the new…

So, we made it! Just before midday on New Year’s Eve Cleddau made it to Bugsworth Basin on the Upper Peak Forest Canal. HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL! Way back in the heady days of September sunshine there had been a whimsical thought, to by-pass the home moorings at Higher Poynton and to continue on to Bugsworth  , the vast inland port nestled in the Derbyshire hills. The broken wrist interfered with that idea then – but with just a few daylight...

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Sing out the old…

Christmas for the Cleddau crew was well and truly heralded by carols: two Carol Services back in Bedfordshire, outdoor community carol singing on Christmas Eve at Bollington in Cheshire,      then after Christmas morning presents a 295 foot climb up to White Nancy       to hear some of Bollington’s brass band play carols at midday.                  Then followed Christmas lunch… It’s been a good year end to a very good year: reunions with friends various  and old schoolmates , a Spring...

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Afloat Again

We are back on Cleddau for the New Year. The temperature inside is 17C/63F and rising. The Captain (I do not have Boatwif’s approval for this very short blog!)

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Farewell California

After the Midway trip on Sunday only three days remained of the 2014 Thanksgiving visit. There were some shops to check out,     as well as neighbourhood bike rides     and school runs to do. Cloudless blue skies, balmy sunshine, clear vistas – these are the clichéd images for Southern California. Mostly that is what you see, but on December 1st winter began to invade the Californian idyll.      Cloudy skies gathered over the northern coast – and the rains began. So rare...

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All aboard a flight deck

If you think manoeuvring a 60 foot narrow boat can be a challenge imagine steering this… Moored in San Diego Harbor is the USS Midway*, a truly enormous aircraft carrier that over her long career saw service in the sub-Arctic, off Vietnam, was home-berthed in Japan and was flagship in 1991 in the Persian Gulf. It’s a well-known visitor attraction, in 2012 being the first US Navy ship museum to host a million visitors per annum. Midway was built in...

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Snippets from San Marcos

It may have been George Bernard Shaw who said that England and America are two countries divided by a common language.   It’s both the differences and the similarities to British speech and custom that startle visitors to the US. Speech “You’d better not say Tow-marto when you’re in America, Granny,” said Cal Gal. “They don’t understand you, say tow-maydo.” Gulp.  Here in Southern California the Cleddau crew’s British accents and pronunciations are foreign then.  “Hey, where d’you guys come from?”...

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Trains, boats, planes, snow, ice – and a canal

Visitors to the land of fast freeways and swooping flyovers, where car is king, might nonetheless prefer to seek out alternative methods of transport. Cal Guy Jnr (aged 4) is always up for a train ride. A plot was hatched one day last week that would embrace a school pick up, a bookstore visit and some time on a train.  Briefed by Cal Guy Snr (11) that buying day tickets might be a best option, the visiting grandparents and Cal...

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Across sea and land to San Marcos

Google San Marcos and you’ll probably find references to San Marcos in Texas or San Marcos in Central and in South America. But right now the Cleddau crew are in San Marcos, California… “And what is the reason for your visit to the United States?” asked the Border and Immigration Official. “Visiting family – for Thanksgiving,” the Captain replied – and, fingerprinted and photographed, entry to the US was allowed. It had been a smooth trip, a trouble-free M1 /M25...

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To London, to London…

There was a boat trip – so Boatwif apparently is duty bound to report on it… Way back in August the Tentatrice First Mate made a proposal. “Would you consider us going down to London together to see the poppies?” Now at that stage Boatwif was aware of the art installation under way at the Tower of London but it was not so for the Captain. Patiently the plan was proposed again – and despite the Captain’s deep felt prejudice against...