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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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Parakeets, Cats and Dogs

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1. A sunny Little Venice (last week).
2. The western approach to Little Venice.

It's been a tad changeable today with the sun just now breaking through long enough to shed a little warmth.

A colony of Parakeets add flashes of colour against an otherwise solemn sky as they noisily flit from tree to tree.

Gunner is enjoying having the freedom of the parkland alongside the canal here and is noticeably happier to have left the concrete and asphalt behind.

It's raining again!
16th Jul 2011, 17:15   comments (1)

Leaving London Behind

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We headed out of London on Wednesday and moored in the relative peace and quiet of Durdans Park between Southall and Greenford. Time to go fly a kite.
15th Jul 2011, 17:12   comments (0)

A Classic '46' Harley on Portobello Road

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12th Jul 2011, 14:37   comments (1)

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)