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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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Moving North

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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   comments (0)

Canal Boat Radio

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narrowboaters - keeping in touch with each other 24/7 using the freedom of CB radio.
12th Sep 2011, 16:41   comments (3)

A Passing Storm

These shots were taken as a storm came out of the southwest and passed about a mile to the north of where I was stood as it made its way northeast. The strength and sound of the wind as it swirled around me on the periphery of the cloud was pretty awesome and very localised; within approximately 100 yards. It's the closest I'll ever get to storm chasing!
11th Sep 2011, 19:14   comments (0)

Church Stowe 'Pond-Circles'

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1. Pond and lake.
2. The contour of the lake sits really well in the landscape.

On passing through Weedon back in May I came across this newly dug ornamental pond shown in the foreground below Church Stowe. On our return journey recently, I happened across the ornamental lake in the background that has since appeared. Google Maps satellite image doesn't show either the pond or the lake.
10th Sep 2011, 17:31   comments (0)

Crayfish 'Tipping'

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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   comments (0)

Staying Over

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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   comments (3)

Narrowboat 'Luna'

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(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   comments (3)

'September Morn'

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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   comments (10)