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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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13th Oct 2012, 20:19
The Severn and Avon seemed to have been in cahoots for the past couple of weeks in their attempts to slow our progress to the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, but we have at last managed to reach Gloucester Docks. We'd been at Upton-Upon-Severn for the past five days waiting for river levels to drop sufficiently for us to pass through Upper Lode Lock just south of Tewkesbury and on into Gloucester Docks, a distance of fourteen miles. Spring tides combined with already high river levels can make the approach to Gloucester lock a bit tricky, but the levels had dropped sufficiently to make the run down river and locking up into Gloucester Basin no problem whatsoever.
10th Oct 2012, 00:18
5th Oct 2012, 17:43
1. The view astern.
3. A majestic footbridge.
4. If the chimney had been taller!
5. Moored on the outside at Upton-Upon-Severn. Turning upstream to moor on the floating pontoon certainly tested my judgement of drift and rate of turn as we cut across the strong flow. Coming broadside against the flow, wilvir began to bounce as we powered out of the turn and upstream to tie-up at the pontoon. Great fun.
5th Oct 2012, 14:35
1&2. Stourport-On-Severn canal basin narrow lock flooded.
3&4. Stourport-On-Severn canal basin narrow lock river level dropping to 'red/amber'.
5. Moored below 'The Angel' at Stourport-On-Severn.
6. Alone on the river - just perfect.
We left Stourport-On-Severn with the current this morning after having locked down onto the river below Stourport canal basin and waiting a further two days for the level to drop. With water levels on the rise again, we decided to make a move and set off downstream, carried along by a moderate to strong flow.
Passing through Worcester, all the visitor moorings below the racecourse were underwater. Apparently the flow is strong enough ahead of us to warrant southbound skippers having to sign an warning indemnity waiver out of Upper Lode Lock just south of Tewkesbury, which would put the boat at risk and invalidate our insurance policy for ignoring warnings.
After four locks and twenty-two miles, we're now safely moored at Upton-Upon-Severn to await weather updates and maybe a delay, as more heavy rain is forecast. The river doesn't seem to be going down anytime soon.
4th Oct 2012, 19:44
Genes Reunited took an interest in a research snapshot of my Dad's wartime exploits for an ad campaign they're running and here's the result. I'm chuffed to bits with it as it continues to keep his memory alive along with those who were also caught up in a struggle for survival that touches us all, even today.
1st Oct 2012, 16:52
These beautiful little foals are born 'wild' and left to roam. You can see the spirit in their eyes as they shy away from the gentlest of approaches. I met a couple in there seventies who own a similar herd of wild horses nearby and look after and care for them with great humility and pleasure. It was a joy to lean against the fence for a chance chat in the late afternoon sunshine while they visited their charges.
30th Sep 2012, 13:57
A few nights ago I could easily have been persuaded that we'd slipped back in time. Just before midnight, as I shut the boat up for the night, I could actually hear the rhythmic chuff-chuff of a Severn Valley railway steam engine in the distance and an owl 'hooting' close by. A moment in time made all the more captivating by the bright moon reflected in the still water of the canal with its backdrop of ink black trees silhouetted against the moonlit sky and the smell of wood smoke.
And, guess what? Last evening was just as magical, with a bright moon rising behind a darkening deep blue sky and owls calling to each other amongst the trees; though without the chuff-chuff of a steam engine to accompany the 'silence'.
28th Sep 2012, 14:20