Monday, 28 December 2009

We have just spent christmas in Braintree. This is the scene we woke up to the other Monday and looking at the weather forecast we may see the same later in the week.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

We had to encourage Cassie to jump the sea defences.

Our spell of caring for Hilarys parents was broken up with a visit to Hilarys relations in Bognor Regis.
Cassie has her first experiance of sea water.

Even Harlow can look beautiful under a carpet of snow.

I have not posted lately as we been looking after Hilarys parents as they have been in hospital.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Canadian geese grazing at Nether Heyford.

Cassie enjoying her trip yesterday.

Yesterday we took a short trip to Bugbrooke to re fuel and to give the boat a run.

Friday, 20 November 2009

We are now on our winter mooring at Weedon and one of our neighbours is into Saxon Re-enactment and invited us to go to a re-enactors market.
At this market you could purchase anything for the period of history that you are interested in including weapons,costumes and food.
Sorry about picture quality.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Have not posted lately as I have been working back in Braintree.
Returned to the boat for a couple of days to take Trish for a cruise and help look for a weekend boat.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Today we had Ray,Tara and Sacha up for the day to travel from Weedon to Whilton and back.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

We saw these llamas on a walk with Cassie at Flore.

The last week or so we have stayed at Weedon as I have travelled back to Braintree for work.
We are currently at Bugbrooke.
Left is Flore church photographed whilst on a walk with Cassie.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

We travelled back to the boat on Thursday and Friday we had Pat and Shelley from Australia and Pats mum on the boat for a trip from Norton Junction to Weedon.

We travelled with our friends Sue and Dave pictured over looking the city from Prague Castle

Prague is as beautiful at night as it is by day.

I have not updated the blog lately as we have been celebrating Hilary's big birthday and have been away from the boat, with us ending the celebrations in Prague.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

We could not leave Leamington wthout a photograph of the Royal Spa and Baths

Leamington has great architecture and lots of flowers,great for shoppers

I think Leamington may be entering Britain in Bloom competition.

Llama's or Alpaca grazing at Fosse Locks

Stockton locks are the first thing we face as set off on our first complete day on the Warwick and Napton

Saturday, 19 September 2009

We are ahead of schedule for our return to Norton Junction and have decided to take a quick trip to Lemington on the Warwick and Napton Canal (Napton Junction in photo.).

We enjoyed the Oxfordshire countryside as we waited at the locks at Napton

When we travelled to Oxford we saw a large house preparing for a wedding by having a marquee erected.
They must have had a bridge erected to get the guests from one side of the canal to the other.

As we have travelled back up the Oxford Canal we saw a lot of the small holdings preparing for Halloween by growing pumpkins

When we left Banbury this boat had been pumped out and was indignatally strapped to the front of a B.W. boat to be scrapped.

Monday, 14 September 2009

The old lock keepers house at Somerton deep lock as we get ready to moor for the night.

Friday, 11 September 2009

We left Oxford today and we had not travelled far when we lost a member of our crew over board.
Cassie decided to take one step to far and fell into the cut.

The architecture in Oxford was fantastic

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

The tree's look fantastic as we cruised to Kidlington to moor for the night

It is not often you see a traffic jam on the canals.
There were 11 boats in front of us as we waited to enter Somerton Deep Lock

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Sacha having a go at cruising, Tara had a go but we did not have the camera ready

Well thats first lock completed, this weekend was the first time for Tara for cruising.

Within a few minutes of setting off Tara and Sacha face the first lock of the day

Thursday, 3 September 2009

We passed this sad sight just before we moored.

We passed this interesting little house as we entered Banbury.
Top left is not a window but a photograph of the possible owners.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

We saw this little house oop's I mean boat this afternoon

Breath in things are getting a bit tight

What a change to the normal brick canal bridge to see this lovely cast iron bridge on the Oxford Canal

The Maisibert in the Napton locks with Hilary on the tiller as we carry on our trip to Oxford

Saturday, 29 August 2009

The sun sets on the swans at Braunston

I have not been able to upload photo's due to poor signal.
We moored at Norton Junction on Thursday and as I took Cassie for a walk I bumped into Al and Del from Derwent 6

Sunday, 23 August 2009

The Maisibert and Jubilee await their turn in the three locks at Linslade.
We had agreat journey from Berkhamstead to Milton Keynes by seeing 4-5 Kingfishers one being chased by a hawk at boat level and turning about just behind my shoulder.
We also saw a mobile mast disguised as a tree and the lion carved into the hill side as we entered Leighton Buzzard.

We reached Berkhampstead where Craig picked up Hilary and Ray to return to Braintree

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Brother Ray carrying out his lock training on the Grand Union Canal

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Even the bridge pillars got a coat of paint.

Another piece of art as Hilary struggles to shut the lock gate.

Some wall we art as we passed through the locks on Duckett's Cut.

Algie on the River Lee as we had an early start to reach Paddington Basin.