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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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This is us moored above Weston-Upon-Trent enjoying the warmth and beauty of the evening skies this past week. We'll be continuing north again after the weekend.
1st Oct 2011, 13:58
This is a view from the hill overlooking the canal last evening. Exploring the footpaths and less trodden tracks through the woods is a sensory adventure and great fun! Gunner loves it too.
Few venture off the beaten track into large woods these days for fear of getting lost under a darkening canopy. The first rustle out of place and they're running for the hills, scared of their own shadows. Mind you I do surprise a few amateur 'survivalists' who think they're invisible when they're camo'd up; forgetting that you can smell Lynx deodorant, cigarette smoke, nicotine residue and dope, amongst other things, for miles.
Me and Gunner have great fun tracking them as they wander noisily around with their silenced air rifles or, in one case, a guy I came across sometime ago firing 7.62 ammo from a hunting rifle. It's like 'deliverance' in some areas except that these guys couldn't find a track on a record let alone track a muntjac deer, they just want to shoot things without going to the trouble of getting permission from the landowner. Most of these illegal shooters don't have a clue about shooting near public rights of way and the 15 metre rule, even with permission, and are a real threat in some areas to unsuspecting walkers. Using an air rifle/pistol in a back garden is illegal too within 15 metres of a public right of way (few know that either). I've even come across guys trying to entice Jack Russells or Staffordshire Bull Terriers down holes or into old 'blind' traps that have never seen hide nor hair let alone a rabbit, fox or badger - clueless!
Having wondered why I've just written the above, I realised it was in response to a guy I came across with a rifle slung over his shoulder and smoking a joint, emerging from a rudimentary hide he'd constructed next to the River Anchor near Polesworth. I just happened to mention that I could smell his joint a mile off, to which he replied 'it settles my head'. I wonder what it does for his aim?
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22nd Sep 2011, 15:57
21st Sep 2011, 19:23
opposing views from wilvir's bow looking east and west.
18th Sep 2011, 19:48
Photo: Rain, hail, swirling clouds, gusting winds and lightning, followed by a parting clap of thunder. Great stuff.
I walked back along the towpath at one point with a loud hiss of heavy rain pouring down and near zero visibility just a few yards away in the field on the other side of the hedgerow. Me and Gunner eventually got back to the boat soaked.
17th Sep 2011, 19:19
Has anyone noticed the abundance of acorns as we teeter on the cusp of autumn.
16th Sep 2011, 19:42
Photo: A view from the bow this evening with a robin singing its heart out in the hedgerow next to the boat - beautiful.
Over the past few days a few canal miles have passed beneath us as we continue to journey north for the winter.
Having left Braunston on Tuesday we're now moored just south of Polesworth for a few days before we resume our travels next week. Apparently the long range forecast predicts rain through to next Thursday. Let's hope so as the land and waterways desperately need it before winter arrives.
15th Sep 2011, 19:56
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12th Sep 2011, 16:41