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Whispers on water - a photo journal of our life on the 'cut' dedicated to keeping family and friends informed of our whereabouts.

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It's all in the Detail

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Take a close look at these hanging basket brackets
11th Sep 2013, 23:26   comments (0)

Grafton Regis

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Grafton Regis, Grand Union Canal. Wednesday 11Sep2013

Photo:
1. The remains of St Peters Church. Linford Lakes.
2. The view from wilvir with the last of the sun's rays lighting up the fields in the distance.
3. This quiet rural mooring out in the sticks.

We set off from Stoke Hammond after waiting for the rain to ease Monday morning but were accompanied the next few hours by that misty rain, which seems to soak everything.

By the time we reached 'The Blackhorse' at Little Linford we felt deserving of a meal and a drink and treated ourselves to some excellent fare. Then the sun came out just in time for us to make a short move and moor up for the night overlooking the ruins of St Peters Church and the Great Ouse River winding its way around the lakes below us.

Yesterday we arrived here below Grafton Regis, a quiet village where we're now moored until Friday. We've arranged to meet Lynn, a school friend I haven't seen since I was sixteen (41 years ago) when she emigrated to Australia. Lynn has come over with husband Steve, who also happens to be the older brother of another good school friend of mine, having not been back for twenty years. And, you've guessed it, Lynn contacted me via Facebook while searching info linked to our old school.

It'll be great to see them after all this time, as for me it anchors life's past and present, pleasantly reminding me of all that has passed in between.
11th Sep 2013, 10:28   comments (4)

Brunel's 'SS Great Britain'

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This beautiful addition to our cabin is a print on canvas from an oil painting by ships portrait artist George Mears (1828-1906).

I stumbled across the opportunity to buy this beautiful reproduction much by chance when we met George Morris, a delightful gentleman, who owns the original oil painting and who produces this limited edition print from it. He also professionally mounts the canvas in the frame you see in the photo.
8th Sep 2013, 16:26   comments (0)

The Days Are a Changing

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Photo:
1. From this.
2. To this.
3. Then this.
7th Sep 2013, 23:24   comments (0)

The Old Man of Wilvir

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7th Sep 2013, 14:34   comments (2)

Narrowboat 'Dreamcatcher'

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Photo:
1. Finally on their way again.
2. (L-R) Celeste and Miya.

After a delay of several days brought about by starter motor failure and a couple of electrical faults, Celeste and Miya set off from Great Seabrook Locks heading for London to begin life as liveaboards.
6th Sep 2013, 23:53   comments (2)

Friends and Fixes

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Great Seabrook Locks, Grand Union Canal. Thursday 04Sept2013.

Photo:
1. Moored below Great Seabrook Top Lock.
2. Indulging in my favourite pastime.
3. Neil lending the wind-'lass' a hand.

Tomorrow we begin picking up the pace as we make our way northwest for the coming winter months.

We've had a great week here at Pitstone, having spent time in the company of great friends Neil and Jude who live in Wilstone, alongside the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal and with dearest friends Martin and Brenda, who are always more than generous in ensuring we have all we need wherever and whenever they come to visit. We can be certain we'll see them over the winter months as they seek us out join us for a weekend together.

Last week, in preparation for the shorter days ahead, I fitted two new domestic batteries and a new shore-power charger. Over the past couple of days I've also cleaned and painted the stove, chimney, replaced the fire-bricks and cleaned the oven. So we're now all ship-shape for the coming winter.
5th Sep 2013, 23:31   comments (0)

Moving On Down

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Here we are below Seabrook Top Lock. We arrived this afternoon to spend a few days being visited by friends and to do a final check of the boat in preparation for the colder months ahead, before picking up the pace and heading northwest to this winter's cruising ground now that Autumn is fast approaching.
31st Aug 2013, 00:12   comments (0)