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Aug 2, 2020 - Ravenglass to Wasdale head

14.2 miles from Ravenglass to Burnthwaite farm near Wasdale head After the long journey from Lowestoft on the east coast by rail via London (see map) I had enjoyed a pleasant evening in Ravenglass staying at the ...

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Aug 1, 2020 - Lowestoft to Ravenglass

Lowestoft to Ravenglass Living in Britains most easterly town has many advantages, a superb coastline and attractive scenery but a disadvantage is the distance it seems to be from most of the country. So an early morning start was needed to board the train from Lowestoft leaving at.......

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Jun 4, 2020 - Rowde

This row of nicely manicured trees in someone's front garden looks very impressive. Our walk took us to the bottom lock and then back via a field walking track to the village of Rowde. Of course we headed for a once around the churchyard. This very well preserved grave stone is one of the earliest deaths we've come across on a stone that is readable. 1773. The lion on the roof is protecting quite a large house on the outskirts of the village....

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Jun 3, 2020 - Can I say "I told you so?"

We set off around midday yesterday and went down the first lock - I had mentioned to Tony that we should probably have the roof down!!! No, he says, we'll take it down if we need to when we get there. So Tony started to go out of the lock and then decided that because the bridge was on an angle we needed to take the roof down, so he reversed back into the lock and we had to refill the lock before we could take the doors off!!!!!! We went through 6 locks which took us 3 hours. This morning our friends, Nick and Jools came to help us to...

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Jun 2, 2020 - Sunday Carvery - takeaway

This beautiful coloured clematis is growing outside the pub where we were moored. And as we walked up for our walk on Sunday we smelled the aroma of roast. Then saw the sign that said Sunday carvery - takeaway, so on our way back we decided to get some . So 2 dinners were enough to give us this meal on Sunday night and the same again last night!! Very nice. I was sitting doing my latest jigsaw when I heard some cheeping noises and looked out to see mummy and 9 little ones. We came back to Devizes yesterday and will be going off this...

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May 29, 2020 - Movement

There has been a bit of movement with a quite a few boats going out from their moorings in the marina for a short day trip and return as trips are supposed to be limited to short distances until otherwise notified by the CRT. The 1st June seems to be when it all starts up again so next week may see a bit more traffic. Yesterday we went to the nearby village of Bishops Cannings to check out the new thatched roof that we saw being done in January. We walked through the Church grounds to get to the village and spotted this grave with what...

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May 27, 2020 - Time for a channge of scene

Tony spent a couple of days polishing the starboard side of the boat last week while we were at Devizes, and he wanted to do the port side without having dogs sniffing him and people making "funny" remarks, so we came back to the Bridge Inn for a couple of days, where he has somewhere reasonably comfortable and free from interruptions. These photos were taken back in January when we were here, Quite a difference apart from the continuing noise from the crows who now have youngsters making noise!! But at least we don't have hundreds of...

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May 23, 2020 - Open Sesame

Today they opened the locks for boats to come up, tomorrow they can go down. Passage had to be booked and they were only open for a few hours. So we decided to go and have a gander to see just how many were on the move. We saw 4 narrow boats and some CRT people so it's not overly busy to start off. They won't be in full operation till the 1st June, so we won't be going anywhere soon. It will be interesting to see how much movement there is over the next few days - we don't expect there to be many making the journey as they didn't want to...

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May 18, 2020 - 92 not out!!

This elderly couple walk the tow path doing a blockie almost every day. They are 92 years old, bless them, - I hope that if we make it to that age that we are as sprightly as they are. They walk faster than a lot of people 20 years younger than them. Restrictions are slowly being lifted but we are still not able to move except to get water. However you'd think everything was back to normal at the weekend as the roads were full of traffic and the tow paths chockers with walkers, joggers and riders. Not to mention the canoes and kayaks by...

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May 12, 2020 - An unexpected trek!

Our short walk on Sunday turned into a 12 km trek! We ended up taking the road to Potterne and then cut across to the bottom of the Caen Hill flight of locks. Consequently, yesterday was a day of rest. This lovely waterfall is someone's front garden, they appear to have redirected water from a small creek to make it. Rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias are all blooming at present. Lovely cottages. These trees are also in full bloom now and are looking lovely. Hanging on very delicately!!

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May 6, 2020 - A picnic

We set off for a walk, taking our picnic lunch with us. Going down the canal locks and past Caen Hill Marina and on another couple of kms to Seend Lock where we stopped for lunch and then did the return trip. (16kms in total) I spotted the first ducklings for the season although they are a few weeks old. The hawthorn trees are absolutely full of blossom this year. It's a lovely time of the year with lots of flowering things happening. there's a large nest in this tree. This lovely grey wagtail was enjoying a splash in one of the...

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May 4, 2020 - Still in lock down

We went for a walk down the locks this afternoon. The sun came out after a few days of rain and wind. These granny's bonnets are sprouting up all over the banks. Idon't know what this is but it looks interesting. This notice is at the top lock - do you think anyone reads it or if they do takes any notice of it? Absolutely not. There are hundreds of people walking, riding and jogging past us every day. And some of them can't understand why we've been moored here so long!!!!!...

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