Monthly Archives: June 2014

A day in Windsor

We were planning to visit Windsor Castle yesterday but events decided otherwise. Windsor was even more jam packed than we had anticipated. Hoardes of tourists wandering round following guides with little red flags. We really couldn’t fancy standing in this queue … Continue reading

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Unusual boats, Cookham and a very young volunteer lock keeper

Although most boats on the Thames are standard white cruisers (known as yoghurt pots to narrowboaters – mind you they tend to call us ditch crawlers) there are many unique craft around as well. I’ve really enjoyed boat spotting as … Continue reading

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Off the Kennet & Avon and onto the Thames

Technically speaking we were coming off the Kennet Navigation, as the Kennet & Avon Canal officially ends at Newbury but we’ll not split hairs. It’s been hard work from Bristol to Reading, with 107 tough locks and quite a few … Continue reading

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Through Garston Lock and into Reading

After yesterday’s journey into Reading I’ve now got a favourite lock. Lock 120 is an ancient monument – one of only two turf sided locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal, the other being Monkey Marsh Lock at Thatcham. Turf … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Gordon

It was Gordon’s birthday yesterday – for a month now he’ll be two years older than me – whoopee. We set off at 8am (no lie in and breakfast in bed for poor Gord) so that we could get to … Continue reading

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A hungry horse and an unexpected reunion

I’ve never given any consideration to what happens when a horse towing a boat comes up against a line of moored boats until we witnessed it in Kintbury.  The problems occur when the person leading the horse has to manhandle the rope … Continue reading

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A lovely weekend in Aldeburgh.

I managed to escape from the boat briefly last week and headed for a weekend in Aldeburgh with Jenny, Al and my lovely grandsons Seb and Josh. A visit to the beach is compulsory. On this occasion the South Lookout was open … Continue reading

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