Monday, 25 August 2014

Five years afloat.


During our continuous cruising we have met and befriended many people, most of whom are/were fellow boaters. Three of us used to moor together over winter and the girls and boys would sometimes go off together, or to the nearby pub for lunch. Now they have moved back onto land we have visited them in their new homes and still keep in touch with each other. Our first four winters we were iced into the canal but it was nice and cosy aboard because the Squirrel was keeping everything warm. The fuel boats cover much of the canal  system, so we send them a text and they stop by to fill our diesel tank and drop off a few bags of coal, perfick!  Boaty news and information is exchanged while the topping up is in process, the canal boat grapevine also works very well! The places we have cruised to are, Gloucester, Chester, Manchester, Nottingham, Market Harborough, Oxford, Paddington and everywhere in-between!. It was great to moor right outside Paddington Station free for one week as we were within easy reach of many shops and the underground and all the lovely parks.

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We have many favourite mooring  places, but I think anywhere between Foxton, Braunston or Rugby and down to Thrupp is just fine by us. Gloucester must be the trip we like the most though, as we have cruised down three times, so far! Friends and family come to visit us and it has been great to have our grandson staying on board with us too. Oakfield has performed well and provided a lovely cosy floating home for us, cheers everyone, especially those who follow our blog!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

A flotilla of Lifeboats.

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They gathered in the sunshine, then took off to form part of the flotilla through the Saul waterways event. A fundraiser for the Inland Waterway's Association and Cotswold Canal Trust over the next three days..

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


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We have seen patches of wildflowers on quite a few waste bits of land and they really brighten the area up, but also attract insects, perfick. This small crop of lovelies is tended by the bridge keepers at Patch Bridge for passing visitors to enjoy..

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Two more!

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‘Excelsior’ and the ‘Kathleen and May’ were the last two old ships to travel up together from Sharpness into Gloucester Dock ready for the filming. Quite a few spectators armed with their cameras had gathered at Patch Bridge to see them pass through. That makes a total of five ships I think. the’ Earl of Pembroke’, the ‘Irene’ and the ‘Lady of Avenel’ were already moored there. Unfortunately our time was up in Glos then we moved off southwards, so unfortunately we will not be seeing any of the action during filming.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

In Gloucester Dock.

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Rails had previously been laid and the museum exhibits moved out of the way into the car park onto them. So here is the Earl of Pembroke and the Irene moored up in readiness for filming to commence.

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Buildings were being prepared by dressing  them up to look ‘old’ and piles of props had been unloaded ready to be placed into position. When we returned by bus from our doctors appointment the whole place was buzzing with activity. The word had got round in the local press and via the boaters grape vine about the filming, and loads of people were turning up to photograph the preparations.