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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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Helping to keep our waterways litter-free: www.litteraction.org.uk/narrowboat-wilvir

Drought, pollution and illegal fishing all threaten our waterways. Spotted something that looks wrong? See it, say it, save it. Call the Environment Agency (EA) Incident Hotline: 0800 80 70

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Me and My Shadow

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1. Sunday, Red sky at night.............
2. Monday, me and my shadow.
3. About to move on from our Christmas and New Year layover.

After an encouraging sky-sign on Sunday evening, Monday dawned under a clear blue sky and bathed us in the warm glow of a sun that lifted the spirits no end.

Brian and Anne-Marie came alongside at around 10-ish on the way back to their wharf depot so so we took the opportunity to top the diesel off, stock up on coal and replace an empty gas cylinder. We then set off for High Lane garage to replenish our generator petrol supply and then made our way to the 'Trading Post' at Poynton to turn and service the boat before moving onto a quiet linear mooring we'd passed a half mile back.

The next few days won't be as settled me thinks!
3rd Jan 2012, 12:02   comments (3)

Stop Wasting Water in 2012

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A gloomy New Years Eve on the 'Maccy' with Goyt Mill in the distance.

The sun hasn't really broken through the gloom of overcast skies here for over a week now and, with almost continuous rain too, it looks as though we'll have to have our wellies surgically removed.

The good news is that we need all this rain and much more.

If nothing else this New Year why not resolve to stop wasting water.
31st Dec 2011, 16:46   comments (2)

Wilvir's Christmas Fayre

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The table is set for the skipper (Will) and first mate (Virginia) with a choice bowl of the same in the galley for the head of security (Gunner).

Bon appetite!
25th Dec 2011, 14:39   comments (3)

A Very Merry Christmas

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Tonight Santa will be visiting the child in all of us!

He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly,
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

Santa Claus as portrayed in the poem 'A Visit From Saint Nicholas' composed in 1822 by Clement C. Moore.

Best wishes from Will, Virginia and Gunner as the sounds of the day give way to the silence of night and the child in all of us longs for a tangible connection with Santa as we reach out with our imagination for the freedom comfort and joy of believing he is on his way.

Also a special thought goes out to all our servicemen and women who are in harms way and families longing for their safe return. And for all those whose loved ones won't be coming home, for whatever reason, I hope these few words will give you comfort in knowing that so many people you don't know are thinking of you.

Seasons Greetings to you and yours from me and mine. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all.
24th Dec 2011, 17:18   comments (0)

Not Limping At Last

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1. Very mild, wet and muddy.
2. 10 miles to Macclesfield.
3. Stockport away in the distance.

Me and Gunner traipsed off on a well deserved walk just as the sun lay on the horizon. Gunner never left my side until I assured him I was fine by waving him away to go chase whatever his nose picked up on the breeze. He was soon back by my side though, just in case, but I felt fine and thoroughly enjoyed our walk together. I've never known Gunner to be so attentive and obedient to the point of knowing before being told.

It was great to be out and to enjoy a sense of freedom, unfettered by pain at last, after convalescing for nigh on six weeks. I hope this finds you well too!
22nd Dec 2011, 18:39   comments (3)

Look Who Came to Visit

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1. Christmas smiles: (l-r) Ginny, Neve, Emma, Wayne and Hannah.
2. Brrrrr! Sad to leave.

Our daughter Emma, hubby Wayne and their girls Hannah and Neve, who were as excited as ever to visit Grandma, Grumps and Gunner, came to stay for the weekend after a nightmare of a journey to us on Saturday.

A journey, which took nearly six hours for them to get to us due to the heavy snow and ice that came down the previous night and continued throughout the morning into the afternoon. Unable to reach the overnight B&B;, high above Bollington due to the treacherous road conditions and on the advice of the police they managed to find another B&B; in Marple, which as luck would have it was only a mile and a half from where we were moored at Hawks Green. Fortunately everything turned out for the best and came together better than ever as we had been reluctant to move the boat to our original rendezvous point as they may have been unable to reach us by road. We had a great weekend that included a Christmas Dinner on Sunday with lots of smiles, hugs and kisses from Hannah and Neve when they saw the gifts Santa had pre-delivered for them to go home with.

Also some really good news. Emma put me on another regime of pain and anti-inflammatory relief, which within three days has cured my gout. The benefit of having a daughter who is an excellent nurse too. Thanks Em!
22nd Dec 2011, 11:38   comments (2)

Overnight Snow

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This is the view along the towpath from the galley hatch this morning.
16th Dec 2011, 10:54   comments (6)

Welcome Aboard

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Our pre-Christmas get together with great friends Jim and Helen took place on Saturday and, as always, we all enjoyed the day immensely. Unusually however, we forgot to take a photo or two to record the occasion. Still, great company and good food whilst warmed by the heat radiating from the glow of the woodburner made us well aware of the obvious discomfort being experienced by walkers splashing by in the rain, so not much of a photo opportunity anyway.

Until next year, seasons greetings to you both.
15th Dec 2011, 09:43   comments (0)