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Hudds Lad

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  1. I do like a trash panda, but not as much as that American chap who feeds them hotdogs on his porch and has about 30 regulars, must cost him a fortune.
  2. Oddly the one time we did that ring we got stuck for about three hours at the first lock (Garrison?) after Bordesley Junction with a gate that wouldn't close, ended the day at something past 10 on a lock landing at Minworth, not recommended. Highlight of the day was some young roadmen trying to sell us their mix cd coming down Camp Hill. We declined.
  3. Apparently it's now full of carrots, pics don't really show that it shed part of it's load
  4. Speaking from my own experience, they charge, like a wounded Rhino. And that was about 7yrs ago when daughter had finished her 11+ (or whatever it's called these days) and all they were doing was sitting round junior school playing games. To be fair even with the fine it was way cheaper than the same holiday 2 weeks later when term was over and the summer hols started. I suppose a smart bloke, rather than playing by the rules and informing school she would be away for a week, would have just emailed Monday morning and said she was vomiting.
  5. Click 1 to get to your profile. Click 2 to upload a profile pic. Click 3 to change your info like boat name, location, etc. If your screen looks different, tell us what browser, device etc. you're using to access the site.
  6. An extra £60 per parent, per child with LA unauthorised absence fines
  7. Here's some vids on painting https://www.youtube.com/@JohnbarnardBiz
  8. Possibly post count limited like PM's ? After 10 or 15 posts you might see a difference in the profile page.
  9. We have a 3.5kw Dometic Travel Power onboard, i've no idea how or if it works or what to do with it?!? Have only ever run the washing machine once on shorepower to give it a clean and make sure it worked. I'd rather swap it out for a dishwasher but J would rather it was replaced with a cupboard. As we're at an impasse the washing machine remains.
  10. I made new ones for the boat after J kept catching her feet on the corners of the existing ones. Bought a small plank of white oak from the local timber merchant (not cheap!) and copied the style.
  11. "Places, which cost £100 for two people in a tandem canoe or £55 for a solo paddler in a canoe, are limited due to the nature of the experience, and are bookable our website." from the (boat)horse's mouth, as it were
  12. It's C&RT's own canoes you'd be using hence the charge, not just pole up on the day with your own craft, so in theory that limits it.
  13. It was originally built in sepia but converted to grayscale in the 60’s, it then became full colour in 1975. Sadly due to the lack of funding the colour palette has had to be removed and sold at auction to raise funds for a new Spectrum Manager to ensure the general public can look forward to a full colour canal in the future, possibly.
  14. The better half has seen this and is threatening to book it for my birthday, I asked if she meant the two seater and we'd both do it, she said no chance Now she's threatening to book it for myself and the offspring (who since finishing her A levels last week has become a nocturnal room dweller).
  15. At least there'll be plenty of gravel on site should you need it
  16. Give my regards to Elland Basin, i half drowned in there doing my canoeing badge with Scouts back in the day Also spaffed half my wages in the local hostelries when i had a summer job between college and Uni at a print finishers there
  17. Surely all this OTT security will just lead miscreants into believing there's something REALLY worthwhile stealing from your boat, and rather than than deter them have the opposite effect? Have you considered burying your pirate booty onshore instead? Nice bit of secluded woodland, X marks the spot on a hidden map type of deal? You could then go full-Rambo with deadfalls, trip wires, poison arrows, tiger pits etc. Possibly even an Indiana Jones-style giant boulder to chase would-be treasure hunters
  18. If you do (gasp) Facebook, there's a chap called Oliver Taylor https://www.facebook.com/KnotforProfitFenders
  19. Nope, was definitely the Thames near Oxford (not Reading, sorry) , have found the pic now. Was near Osney Mead?
  20. Came across one of these on the Thames, think it was near Reading, by the time you'd applied throttle and started to move it was red again After missing it a couple of times we just went through anyway, and nobody was working or waiting, daft idea.
  21. On this day in 2023, about to go up Watford staircase. Was coming down here a couple of weeks ago and a super eager chap with a boat behind us decided to start cracking the red paddle as i started to leave the first lock in the staircase whilst the vollockie stood next to him gobsmacked, unsure what would have happened if J hadn't shouted at him to stop. Luckily a boat coming up at the bottom put some distance between us (we were going to wait at the bottom until he'd gone by) and we didn't see him again until moored at Norton Junction as he charged by to moor a few boats in front. It's just a race to some folk these days
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