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1. The keel-haulers
2. Gunner on lookout.
The wind-lass has gone ashore for a few days leaving the crew in the hands of wilvir's skipper. Oh, that's me. Double rations me lads. Break out the bonded whisky (laphroaig).
12th Nov 2012, 19:09
1. The sun seemingly pulling the clouds below the horizon.
2. We're moored in the darkness beyond where the canal appears to end.
3. Rea swing-bridge keepers station with the lane leading down to the River Severn.
4. Rea swing-bridge.
Another beautiful day basking in the warmth of ever shorter days as autumn takes hold and the sun tips its hat to the onset of evening earlier each afternoon.
Me and Guns walked west towards the river with the fading light rapidly forming silhouettes of everything above the horizon. I love the twilight with its deepening hues of approaching darkness, cloaking the landscape in a 'softness' unlike any other time of day.
We finished our walk in the dark with my torchlight tunnelling through a light mist forming on the water as we approached 'wilvir' floating serenely on the ink black surface of the canal; home, the warm glow of light radiating from the bow windows into the deepening darkness. The aromatic comfort of wood-smoke permeating the evening air, which is cooling fast as night falls. And Ginny, delighted to welcome us back home with coffee for me and a favourite biscuit for Guns. Magical.
10th Nov 2012, 20:08
1/2 A moody evening descends upon us.
We left Frampton-On-Severn yesterday to cruise into Gloucester so that Ginny could book a coach to go visit her Mum for a few days. An annual pilgrimage whenever we're close to Oxfordshire.
By chance, while servicing the boat at Saul Junction, the local coal boat trader stopped by in his van enabling us to load 150kg of Taybrite, and at a very good price too.
We then continued to Gloucester and tied-up outside Sainsburys to do a 'shop' before heading back to moor out in the 'sticks' until sunday, when we'll head into Gloucester for the night so that Ginny will be in good time monday morning to catch her coach to Swindon and a bus from there to 'Cartoon Town'. I'll then take the boat back out into the 'sticks' again where me and Gunner will be left to fend for ourselves until thursday with the obligatory menu of what to eat on a daily basis. Love is......
9th Nov 2012, 12:09
Another great day in prospect.
7th Nov 2012, 12:51
Looking west from Splatt. Swing-Bridge, Frampton-On-Severn.
From here, the landscape stretching away to the west across the River Severn, with a backdrop of clear blue autumn skies, is breathtaking as the day progresses. Peaceful too.
6th Nov 2012, 15:31
1. The mighty Thomas Telford.
2. Under Over Bridge showing the chamfered stonework.
3. Looking along the parapet you can see the 'sag' in the middle.
4. This drawing shows a sixteenth century eight-arch bridge in the background, which was irreparably damaged by ice in 1818 and replaced by Over Bridge shown in the foreground.
While we were moored in Gloucester Dock when we first arrived on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, I took a walk south along the west bank of the river Severn through the Alney island nature reserve to explore what used to be. I particularly wanted to find 'Telfords Bridge' (more formerly known as 'Over Bridge').
This innovative bridge design was built by Thomas Telford based on a 1768 design, by a French architect, of a bridge crossing the River Seine near Paris. Gloucester Council considered iron not dignified enough for the gateway to the town and asked Telford to use stone instead. The arched stonework was chamfered to ease the flow of high floodwater. The excellent condition and quality of the stone-masonry today is testament to the exemplary. skill of the artisans who built it.
On completion in 1829, when the supporting timbers were removed, the bridge parapet sank ten inches and the bridge was closed to gauge any further settlement. After two years the bridge had shown no further movement and opened to in 1832. It was finally closed to traffic in 1974 and now serves as a quiet footpath over the River Severn, sandwiched between a railway bridge to the north and the Over causeway dual carriageway to the south.
It is the oldest large span masonry bridge in England and deserves to be seen in its retirement.
5th Nov 2012, 23:51
31st Oct 2012, 18:58
1. Looking NW across the river severn high water flood plain. Just before I took this photo thousands of starlings had just settled on the ground beyond the water in the foreground.
2. The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal stretches away to the south and on to Shepherds Patch.
3. Frampton-On-Severn's Church of St Mary, circa 14th century, on the east side of the canal.
4/5. The churchyard of St Mary's.
Leaving Quedgeley last Thursday we continued south to Saul Junction. After servicing the boat as well as taking on coal and fuel we tied up south of Fretherne Swing Bridge just west of Frampton-On-Severn.
Over a period of three consecutive afternoons since, while out with Gunner, I've been treated to the sights and sounds of a murmuration of starlings in their thousands wheeling in the fading light of late afternoon; here the canal overlooks the river severn high-water flood plain to the northwest of Splatt Bridge. And, with the river shimmering in the distance and an ever changing palette of colour painting a big sky canvas and the sun descending towards the horizon, there was nothing more I could have wished for that would have bettered natures landscape artistry.
31st Oct 2012, 18:23