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astalweeks

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  7. Big article in today's Torygraph property section all about buying a boat and living in london. The lady says it's all very easy and saving her a shed load of money. I wonder if this is an idea which will catch on, even CRT are quoted as saying it is a good idea. I would like to add a link but there doesn't appear to be one yet.
  8. Successfully completed the second leg of our Hants/Surrey canal cycling adventure. The Wey is not a patch on the Basingstoke in the beauty stakes. Guildford seems to have chosen to turn its back on it. But the White House did an excellent London Pride. The towpath was fairly ropey in places. obviously I can't comment on the navigation of the Basingstoke but the one boat i did see appeared to moving easily enough. The locks didn't seem to be overly leaky compared to others I have seen but as they only have one set of paddles I would imagine they would be woefully slow to operate. there seemed to be quite a lot of work being undertaken, such as vegetation being cut back. Certainly more than is done on our local canals.
  9. Today the wife and I cycled from Greywell tunnel to Woking along the canal. I would say the Basingstoke Canal has to be the prettiest canal on the system, especially at this time of year. Towpath in excellent condition, castles, pubs and no strings of linear boat moorings. Saw one boat on the move. Tomorrow we are going to finish it off and then head down to Godalming. It's supposed to be november, feels like May!
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  11. In the 70's a butty was regarded as a 70ft canoe for licensing purposes on the Thames. Is this still the same today?
  12. Today's charity shop trawl produced a most peculiar item. A Habitat plate, made of bone china, with a lace plate printed on it. I paid £1 and have since looked it up on Ebay. Like this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Habitat-Ella-Doran-JOANIE-Dessert-Plates-21-5cm-set-of-3-/172236013648
  13. I remember a wooden butty 70ft with a clinker conversion in the early 70's called 'Edwina M' (after Mrs Mountbatten I expect). It had a lovely Lister CE2 and a brick open fireplace with a boiler in the chimney. I was told it had been built pre war (WW2) solely for pleasure and had never been worked. It was for sale on the Northern Stratford for £500 (I think). I always wish I had bought it
  14. National already fitted but would only be started with a generous application of easy start. Even in summer.
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  16. I owned Towy at one stage and I can happily say it was the most interesting boat I ever had. Fun events included nearly sinking in Blisworth tunnel, the gearbox snapping whilst being interviewed by the BBC approaching Stoke Bruerne locks, getting a barbed wire fence (plus posts) stuck round the prop and having to dive in to cut it off in March and catching the rudder on the cill causing it to drop off.And then I sold it. LIfe became rather dull after that so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
  17. Daughter no2 was in hysterics when Pru was being guided up the hill by the dashing Viking leaving poor old Tim floundering behind on all fours. In fact she found it so amusing we had to to replay it about 10 times. I did point out it wouldn't be long before I would be in the same position (if not already) :1cry
  18. To continue the saga our winter cruise we have now arrived at Buckby. Amusingly I managed to jam myself across Norton Junction due to a miscalculation of the angle of the entrance to the GU Leicester arm. Luckily it was getting dark and no-one saw it (I hope). There seems to be a lot of brick dust in the front well, I hope the bridge is alright.
  19. as I possibly explained once before I choose a random name from thin air (or perhaps my CD collection) and in the case of this forum I saw a Van Mooisson;. however in mitigation, I had taken a drink or two.
  20. I gave you a wave, in fact we were even moored next to you at lunchtime but I didn't notice till we moved off!
  21. The AW family have hired a boat for the forthcoming week and will be bashing their way around the Braunston direction. As per Tim and Pru can I just say 'Sorry' now. Plenty of rain forecast but the temperature is expected to be almost summer like. I was hoping to do a bit of ice-breaking.
  22. On page 81 of this months Waterways World there is a picture of a breach on the Trent and Mersey in 1907. 2 interesting things about this:- 1) It was repaired in 2 weeks 2) In the picture there appears to be a converted boat in the distance on the mud. I wonder if he is still there?
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  24. I liked 'Humpeedeeback Bridge' which I heard from the lock keeper at Sulhamstead when it was the top of the navigation on the K&A in the 70's. Also on that list it was good to see the lock after Cowroast named as 'Next Lock'
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