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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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1. Callum, Cydney, Santa, Craig, Kian, Emelia and Clare.
2. Emma, Wayne, Alan, June, Hannah and Ginny (in the Blackhorse Pub, Foxton).
Emma, Wayne, Hannah and Neve together with Alan and June (Wayne's parents) came to visit this week, staying two nights at Langton Inn Premier Lodge. We had a great couple of days culminating in a truly excellent meal on Wednesday evening at the Black Horse Pub in Foxton.
On Wednesday Alan and June left after breakfast for their drive back to Hindley near Wigan while Emma, Wayne and the girls joined us on the boat for a roast beef lunch, leaving as it got dark, for their journey home to Taverham near Norwich. It was fortunate that Alan and June left when they did as they arrived home to find the water heater in their kitchen had sprung a leak.
31st Dec 2010, 16:00
1. Gunner enjoying the sunshine.
2. Christmas Dinner.
3. Going, going......
5. Wilvir's lights.
We tucked into a cockerel to celebrate the season of goodwill and enjoyed the beautiful warmth of the sunlight as it drifted over the snow.
26th Dec 2010, 13:42
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all.
25th Dec 2010, 10:07
1-4. Scenic splendour.
5. Jim & Helen.
Monday dawned with a hard frost that hung heavy in the trees and hedgerows. With the arrival of Tuesday we awoke to a fresh dusting of snow and looking forward to an afternoon in the company of our good friends Jim and Helen. This has become the start of Christmas for the four of us, which we celebrate with a Christmas lunch aboard wilvir, accompanied by mulled wine, a decent chiraz and a real ale or two. This year, besides bringing some much needed supplies, they even brought 20 litres of water with them too. We had a great afternoon before they had to return home to Willaston, Nantwich (a round trip of about four hours).
Ginny hopped aboard a bus to Market Harborough on Wednesday for some last minute provisions and on Thursday collected our Christmas meat and vegetable order from the village shop in Foxton.
24th Dec 2010, 18:14
1. Our hedgerow 'tree' decoration.
2. Winter warmers!
3. A robin sings.
We found a local coal merchant (DMW Fuels) who was kind enough to deliver 160kgs of coal to the swing-bridge over the canal at Foxton, which meant I only then had to parcel-trolley it a 1/3 of a mile to where we're moored in the ice. Now that water is running short we trolley a container to and from Foxton locks every couple of days to keep us going; a round trip of about 2 miles.
It looks as though we're in for a spell of proper 'traditional' Christmas card weather again shortly. We love it!
15th Dec 2010, 13:41
Walking Gunner under the clear evening skies of winter as the light fades is wonderfully peaceful. Even quarrelsome rooks whirling overhead as they seek to roost amongst the treetops doesn't intrude on the approaching 'silent' night. It's as though every sound has its place even the sudden bark of a fox or the squawk of a spooked pheasant.
9th Dec 2010, 12:33
It was a chilly -3C on the bow at 9am this morning with the prospect of bright sunshine for the rest of the day. The landscape is beautifully cloaked in a frosty kaleidoscope of glittering jewels. Stunning!
7th Dec 2010, 11:07
This was the scene between Debdale and Foxton this afternoon as the sun sank below the horizon.
6th Dec 2010, 20:32