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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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Odds and Ends

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1. London Zoo Snowdon Aviary from the towpath.
2. Portobello Road 'street jazz'.
3. 'Ruperts' in Regents Park.
4. NB 'Jason' exits Maida Vale tunnel on Regents Canal.
12th Jul 2011, 14:32   comments (2)


1. The view from Primrose Hill.
2. Camden Lock street market.
3. Camden Lock 'Stables'.
4. Portobello Road 'The Market Inn'.
5. Cassie's '15' minutes.

We've had a great week in London having decided to stay away from the commercial centre for no other reason than shops are shops and, instead, to visit the markets of Church Street (off the Edgeware Road), Portobello Road and Camden Lock.

We also visited Regents Park and Primrose Hill (3 times) where on our second visit Andy and Hilary's dog Cassie became the centre of attention when a fashion shoot asked if they could use her in the photos they were taking.
12th Jul 2011, 14:19   comments (2)

Shades of London

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Moored In the shadow of St Mary Magdalene Church
11th Jul 2011, 11:06   comments (2)

Little Venice

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We arrived in London on Tuesday intending to moor in Paddington Basin, but due to all the berths being occupied we made our way back to Little Venice where we found a delightful mooring in the shadow of St Mary Magdalene Church. Fortuitous really as the basin, due to the pontoon and concrete moorings, isn't particularly dog friendly and any wind is funnelled into a less than people friendly 'flag-flapping' wave generator as we witnessed the following day.

So here we are with our friends Andy and Hilary (NB 'The Maisibert)moored abreast of each other in the peaceful shadow of the church.
10th Jul 2011, 11:14   comments (0)

Denham Marina (

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'The Maisibert' leaving Denham Marina with Andy at the tiller and 'lookout' Ken.

We left the moorings above Denham Deep Lock on Wednesday to make for Denham Marina with NB 'The Maisibert' where Andy was expecting a delivery of new batteries. Suffice to say things. didn't quite go according to plan due to an oversight by the supplier. This changed Andy and Hilary's plans for the weekend as we should have been in Paddington Basin. However, Andy was given exemplary service by Lorraine and her staff at the Marina. They did all they could to help and were extraordinarily generous enough to give us the use of their private mooring further down the canal until after the weekend, which is where both 'The Maisibert' and 'wilvir' are now moored abreast of each other.

So thank you Denham Marina. Truly five star customer service!
1st Jul 2011, 14:55   comments (0)

Half-Moon Pool!

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It's refreshing just to look and listen to the sights and sounds of a river!
26th Jun 2011, 17:22   comments (4)

'The Heron' by Mrs Gay Musty

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Located at the entrance to the Denham Country Park Visitor Centre this sculpture is certainly impressive and commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Colne Valley Regional Park in 2005.
24th Jun 2011, 17:23   comments (1)

Narrowboat 'The MaisiBert'

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1. The MaisiBert (foreground) and wilvir swing gently on their ropes above Denham.
2. The MaisiBert line astern with Ginny and Hilary distracting the skipper.

At 'Ricky' we met up again with Andy, Hilary and Cassie (their dog), who live aboard their narrowboat 'The MaisiBert'. We first met them at Weedon where they had over-wintered. We're now making our way down to Paddington together before going our seperate ways. They've become good friends and are great company.

We're now moored above Denham Deep Lock for a few days while we explore the lakes and footpaths.
23rd Jun 2011, 10:38   comments (4)