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Hilltop structures and far views

Monday 29th November I suppose yesterday (Monday) was about photo opportunities, feasts for the eyesand reminders of previous delights. Cal Boy and Cal Girl ("Call me Cowgirl,Granny," but that's a sock story) were back in school; Cal Son was back at work;Cal Mom was preparing for this weekend's craft fair so the Captain and Boatwiftook to the roads. Down the coastal freeway we bowled (as that's the easier oneto follow) searching for Mount Soledad. We'd been there once before – and...

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It’s the way things are…

Gnashing of teeth again on my part that the last entry on the blog took on an unintended appearance; it was dispatched late on Thursday evening, failed to appear so after 15 hours we re-sent it, it arriving instantly in miniature format and shortened lines. Perhaps it was the last minute italicizing of film titles that did it…? However, grateful thanks now to Techno Son-in-Law, just back from his bird-watching trip to Norfolk, for reformatting the text – and for...

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Boatwif – Thoughts at Thanksgiving…

  Tuesday 23rd – Thursday 25th November No apologies – but the photos are mostly about food! Whatever else it is about the Thanksgiving Holiday Season brings the Americans' love of food to the fore. So it was not inappropriate to start Tuesday with a treat trip to IHOP – for breakfast. Pancakes are a speciality: Cal Guy went for the banana smile Happy Face, Cal Girl for the chocolate bomb Funny Face, Boatwif went for a relatively modest spinach...

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Barking at print…

Saturday 19th – Monday 21st November   The Cheshire Son-in-Law has chortled, indeed crowed, over a spelling mistake in the last post.  Little did he know that "Pajama" was taken directly from the Pacific Coast Gymnasium newsletter​ given out to parents after Saturday's gym classes, but it does highlight the surprises that assault the eye when reading American English. On a previous trip I struggled with the word "docent": it turned out to be a volunteer ranger, as at a...

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Observations from out west

(Apologies for the disrupted appearance of the previous posting: it grieved me to see  words and punctuation so oddly placed. The email is dispatched: compatible  layout is not guaranteed…) Friday, 19th – Saturday 20th November​  It is always great to be back in California, this now being the 9th visit since  Son and Daughter-in-law left UK shores, and the 8th to their family house in San Marcos. On each visit certain things always surprise me, even though I should know...

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Boatwif changes time zones…

​ The odd, occasional, new entry from a boatless crew… Boatwif and the Captain have flown into San Diego for some grandparent time with the Californian Three.   Tuesday 16th – Wednesday 17th November  ​   Drawn always to water we have in the past two days flown far above one ocean – and gazed upon another. To the travel events first. When asked how long it takes to do a door to door trip my usual reply Macclesfield – San...

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70 or 63 or 43…? and a last boating jaunt

Friday 24th – Saturday 25th September, 2010 Return cruise from Marineville Moorings, Higher Poynton to Bugsworth Basin, High Peak Canal, Derbyshire: 10.62 miles, 4 bridges (2 wind up, 2 swing) each way       “Don’t come in yet,” said the Techno Son-in-Law to the birthday Captain just after 7 am on Friday. “She’s just finishing your card.” When entry to the kitchen (to boil the kettle for Boatwif’s essential early morning pot of tea) was permitted a visual surprise assaulted the eyes. Bunting,...

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Processions and parades

Monday 13th September: Kerridge to Marineville, Higher Poynton: 4.8 miles, 0 locks       So, at about midday today Cleddau returned to Adlington and slowly cruised past her home mooring of the past two and a half years. When we had left, on June 15th, conditions were bright but blustery, today they were damp, developing to downpour!         There was time for a little wander in Bollington this morning – at last I seem to be getting the layout...

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A bit of splash …

Sunday 12th September: Congleton to Kerridge: 12.5 miles, 12 locks       An 0752 start – so as to reach the bottom of Bosley Locks, to be ahead of any queues, to liaise with some extra lock-keepers available only in the morning…       It was quiet, nothing moving, no road traffic noise, no trains (because it was Sunday?) and the birds, though awake, were still shy of making any appearance. We glided through the stone bridges, at one point...

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Saturday 11th September: Lock 57, Hassall Green (T&M) to Congleton (Macclesfield Canal): 12 miles, 18 locks       “I’d like to go to America again,” pronounced the Cheshire One while travelling together in the back of Ketchup (the campervan) the other day, “so I could see ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ again.” Her memories of the trip out to Southern California last February to visit the cousins seemed focused on a DVD readily available in this country, one in fact...