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MaryP

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  1. 5 minutes! Just joking, but they loved it straight away. I forgot to say, they go inside at locks, as they would be a trip hazard if not. We have a Springer, and so a wide gunnel. They can just get their front paws on it for the best view and smells. They often dash from one side to the other whilst we're underway, depending on where the ducks are.... Have fun!
  2. We have cheeky cockers. They have always been attached by keeping their leads on and tying a rope through the handles which is attached to the boat. As someone said above, the combination is only long enough to keep them within the profile of the boat. They are therefore free to move about and choose whether to be with me on the back or in their bed. Again, we've never lost one. We do have doggie life jackets, but only use them when the dog gets old and infirm as an extra precaution.
  3. As far as I understand from medical friends, they are accounted for locally, so if they expect a certain number of people in a particular health authority, then they plan for those people and not any extras.
  4. I started the survey, but as soon as I put CC it was the end with a reminder to move every 14 days.
  5. I really enjoyed the last one, so will make an effort to watch. Thanks!
  6. I have had my boat craned out and blacked at both Willowbridge and Saul, and had a good experience at both, for what it's worth.
  7. We had a great experience there recently too!
  8. I agree about the Basingstoke, but also the railway bridge at Roydon on the Stort. At Roydon there was a widebeam, beautifully painted in cream. The water level was high, and he couldn't get under the bridge, so started hacking of the roof rails. I made a comment, and he said he'd just sold it, was delivering it, and if he gave it another lick of paint, the new owner would never notice!!!!!
  9. It was about a year ago.
  10. Last time I came through that lock I was single handed. You have to leave the boat at the other side of the road bridge, walk up a lane, cross the road bridge then set the lock. This I did, but when I got back to the boat and pootled to the lock, a helpful person had closed the gate, presumably thinking that some idiot had left it open. Well I had, but on purpose! The boat and I were of course hidden under the bridge! I called out to people, and eventually someone noticed me and re opened the gate.....
  11. I've just filled in the form. Such a good idea!
  12. Ian, you can come in mine when we finally get there! x
  13. I have a friend who grew up in Camden quite near to the canal. He tells me that in the 60's it was fenced of, and full of bricks, old tyres and dead dogs. I cruised through that area 2-3 years ago, and it was a delight! I have too often wondered when were these good old days?
  14. There was a very similar looking boat at Hungerford on Sunday which had just been painted white very messily. The brass mushroom vents also painted. The paint was so fresh that you could smell it as you walked the towpath. It was still there on Monday morning when I left. I have a photo of the boat, but from a distance. The stern certainly looks similar. If it is the same boat it's heading away from the Thames.
  15. I have had no problems finding mooring - lots of towpath. If you want to be on visitor moorings with rings etc, then you will have a lot less choice. I use a combination of Pearson's and satellite mapping on line to plan ahead - especially where to stop near easy parking. Many people use a plank with a hole in each end so you can pin it to the bank and tie it to your boat. Saves it floating away - there is a flow of water on much of the canal as the rivers join the canal often. Have fun!
  16. The lock keeper at Caen Hill on the K&A has been the same chap for years and years he told us.
  17. The photo of the removal is only a few yards from where I saw it moored, so I don't think the contractors moved it more than those few yards.
  18. I saw it twice, with a chap working on it. It was a few yards away from the tunnel on the non towpath side, and was an obstruction. It didn't look very stable at all. I thought at the time it was an accident waiting to happen, and was pleased next time I cycled along there that it had gone. All that was left were a couple of Foxtons signs by the bins.
  19. Thanks, How are you? Sitting in the boat happily, fire's on, all is well! xx
  20. Thank you everyone who helped us today!! My first thought apart from knocking on the nearest boat was to phone the very helpful mooring warden for the area, who phoned me back a couple of minutes after my message. He said it had been spotted by his team yesterday where I'd left it. The pins had been pulled out rather than removed I could see from the mess they'd made of the bank. Springers do have V bottomed hulls, so pins do pull out, even if they've got 3 in to ground level on a 23 foot boat!! So, it had gone off on it's own accord rather than being removed by someone. The good people who rescued the boat saw it floating alone as they walked home. They managed to capture it as it came to rest on their boat. They helpfully put messages on FB which I'm yet to see as I've only just got on line. So thanks one and all, and a Happy New Year!! I use my boat often as I'm self employed and can organise my own time, so it's not usually alone for that long..... Very happy to be sitting here with the fire going and a glass in my hand! Cheers! Mary
  21. I like it very much! You're lucky to live there David!
  22. I've been in Bradford for about a week, and the noisiest thing was the floating market last weekend - but in a nice way... There were a few boys riding around the centre yesterday on bikes doing a lot of shouting and getting in the way of the traffic, but I've seen a lot worse!
  23. Just on this stretch. Bradford on Avon, at Dundas and Avoncliff aqueducts, Limpley Stoke, Claverton, Bathampton, Bath above the locks, Bath near the station, Weston Lock cut, Saltford (great museum), above Keynsham Lock, couple of pontoons on river. So, lots of choice! Lovely stretch!
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