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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 unpleasant mess appeared to be someone's failed attempt at farming crayfish, which they subsequently discarded at a local beauty spot between the canal and the Great Ouse river. I came across this a few weeks back when we were moored above the ruins of St Peter's Church at Linford Lakes north of Milton Keynes.
10th Sep 2011, 16:37
1. Mum Emma with daughter Neve.
2. Sisters Hannah and Neve.
We arrived at Weedon last Friday to meet Emma who had kept the visit a total surprise from Hannah and Neve who greeted Grandma in a flurry of arms, legs, cuddles and kisses when they arrived Saturday morning from their home in Norwich. This was a final outing before they went back to school later this week after leaving here today. It was good to have them to stay as Dad is currently away in Italy with 9 Squadron Tornados in support of the Libyan Rebels.
5th Sep 2011, 20:35
(l-r) Issy, Frankie, Di, Brian and of course Lucky-Lips.
Owners Brian and Di along with their crew Issy, Frankie and Lucky-Lips joined us on the passage up Stoke Bruerne lock flight (7 locks, 56ft) and through Blissworth tunnel (3057yds) before we went our seperate ways. Great companions with Issy and Frankie not shy of getting stuck in. Good on you and thanks
2nd Sep 2011, 11:58
Yes, yes, yes, yes! Autumn, my favourite season of the year has arrived at last. September is also my favourite month as there are fewer expectations foisted upon nature by us mere mortals. From now until spring the weather is simply accepted for what it brings and the weathermen can now take comfort in not pandering to the BBQ or music festival idyll or the frailties of townfolk. September is just magical as the chill of Autumn bites the unwary riser before the sun has risen sufficiently to warm the air. Skies are bluer, the sun brighter and natures palette sharper as the days shorten. Those of us fortunate enough to be able to 'lay the grate' really appreciate one of only the three real needs in life, warmth, the other two being food and shelter, instead of wasting natures valuable resources on the ignorance of blind-faith in the use of unregulated timer settings, unmetered water taps, endless waste disposal and the reliance on the 'on' switch. Oh how I wish those who don't know, don't care and don't want to, had a wake up a call for all our sakes! But hey! I've hankered after the simple life for years and fortunate enough to have had the mind to go out and live it. That reminds me, time to top up the log pile! Enjoy the months ahead - they really are the best. It'll soon be May again for those who live life short, existing alongside the few who live life long within the boundaries of natures conscience.
1st Sep 2011, 12:07
29th Aug 2011, 17:01
29th Aug 2011, 16:59
1. Being piped aboard.
2. Duty free anyone?
3. Lock attire.
4. Strutting their stuff
On Monday afternoon we moored below the village of Pitstone to visit our friend Brenda on Tuesday who then reported for duty Wednesday morning suitably 'uniformed' to help crew the boat for the day. Well, until we reached a suitable watering hole for lunch. Brenda has become a great friend since we first met back in May and has been more than generous in keeping us provided with fresh fruit and veg from her garden and eggs from her 'chickuns' (sic). We've also enjoyed her company immensely when she has joined us for some great roast lunches and 'puddins' aboard 'wilvir'.
27th Aug 2011, 18:06
1. (l-r) Me, Virginia and Bill.
2. Match winner.
3. A great afternoon.
I went along to Tring Anglers Junior Match and BBQ at Wilstone last weekend where I bumped into our namesakes Bill and Virginia Rushmer who write for 'Angler's Mail Weekly'.
27th Aug 2011, 15:09