Boatwif Blog

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Back on our boat for a brew …

    Four carloads of boat stuff, three barge poles beside me, two trips to the rubbish dump … and one little Cleddau cruise on the Macclesfield Canal!     A sudden shout midway through  Friday evening from the Captain; he was seated, as is his wont, in a comfy chair in front of the computer in the study, watching the world – and watching the world go by.  “It’s finished, the boat, it’s finished, look,” he exclaimed, gesticulating at the computer...

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Distance, scenery – and some gongoozling

Sunday, 3rd April, 2011 My sisters have no need to crave hills and elevation: one drives to work alongside Cromarty Firth and gazes straight across to Ben Wyvis (3,433ft), one walks daily through her village, gazing up at the Brecon Beacons, Pen-y-Fan (2,906ft), and one, in clear conditions, can espy the Preseli Mountains (1,759ft summit )  – or cycle to the hilly Pembrokeshire Coast Path. But Boatwif, the Bedfordshire-based sister, has to utilise fuel and car-wheels to gain a truly...

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The State of Things…

The Captain and Boatwif had travelled to Macclesfield on Saturday afternoon. “Play with me, Granny,” the Cheshire One had pleaded. Into the dining room we went, music playing as background to a card game. Later Boatwif was honoured to be chosen for bedtime story-reading too. Sunday dawned grey but dry. Techno Son-in-law set off at 0815 (wasn’t that 0715 GMT?) for Wilmslow to take part in a Half Marathon, he and 3,999 others… He advised us not to spectate as...

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Boatwif turns detective…

Friday 25th March, 2011 Disguised as local land-based residents Boatwif and the Captain took a morning stroll to the village post office, there to dispatch a parcel to California. Back out in the warm sunshine a left turn was made, as opposed to a right. On we ambled, past roofing workers, past a Dynarod van, past yellow forsythias and emerging magnolias. A left turn at the junction, down past the (fairly) new Health Centre towards the (very) new latest housing development. ...

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Speed Check

Friday, 11th March    Faster than waddling ducks, slower than spinning cyclists or earnest joggers we walked at an average of 2.7 mph between two particular pubs.   Not that either of us is particularly a pub frequenter but these establishments are landmarks along a once, for us, quite local stretch of the Grand Union. The reason? The Captain had a new toy (correction – gadget) to try out. For the walk Boatwif was equipped with tissues and throat sweets, the Captain...

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Boats built by the mile…

 Saturday 5th March  “Here in Dudley wooden boats were built by the mile and cut by the length” – such was the claim of the of the Dudley Canal Trust boat skipper…     Pressed to join friends on a trip to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley I had not anticipated a third non-Cleddau boat trip in just three weeks.  First had been the Regent’s Canal water bus trip from Camden Lock to Little Venice; next had come the...

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Big Ben – and bedlam on a boat….

Thursday 24th February, 2011    A plan was hatched to take the Cheshire One on her first trip to London. Fast East Midland train to St Pancras, underground trains to Westminster, a walk to take in key sights, a boat trip down to Tower Bridge, more underground trains to South Kensington to view impressive dinosaurs, train back to Bedford either before or after tea…     It started well; we arrived at Bedford station in plenty of time, time enough to chat...

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Trains, gasometers, boats and bikes

Boatwif and the Captain had driven south on Friday afternoon to weekend with friends in West Sussex. Slowly we made our way down the M1 (more widening works for miles and miles), round the M25 and down the A24 to Horsham.     On Saturday morning we were heading north again – by train. Names from our address book sped by: Redhill and East Croydon. There were glimpses of aeroplanes at Gatwick and of the North Downs at Three Bridges.  Into...

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Ghosts and Transformations

Tuesday 4th – Thursday 6th January     It was in the first Ice Age after we had come back from California that the Captain said ” I suppose you’ll be wanting to go to Stratford upon Avon for our anniversary again in January?”  We have done Stratford December / January trips regularly in the last few years – so it would have seemed churlish, indeed downright discourteous, to turn down a repeat opportunity!  So to internet checks – glorious hotel...

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Cleddau Crew Fly Home

Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd December       It was a 0520 start from San Marcos on Wednesday morning – and by jiggling with the plus 3 hours to Philadelphia and the plus 5 hours to Manchester I calculate that “door to door ” time was 21 hours, aided by aircraft keeping to time and fast westbound jet streams.       We sat at the bottom of the hill below the Cal State University railway station bridge for simply ages, a red...