We are glad we went but won't rush back.
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Thursday, 26 March 2009
A scarier arrival is the boat inspector from Penton Hook. I will just ply him with red wine for the week, flutter my eyelashes lots and hope that the end of the week report is favourable!!!!
Captain with visiting Boat Inspector.
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
DON ASFORD!!!! If you are not a camp follower, WHY NOT??? Apparently there are Bearded tits and Bitterns just a few metres in the reed beds from the boat as I type!!!!! Yawn, Yawn!!!!!
Tomorrow, we need to get a bit of a move on to reach Berkhamstead as Mr Rodney Rogers (boat inspector) is to join us on Thursday for a whole week.
THIS IS A RASH THOUGHT BUT ...... I MIGHT ...... get up early in the morning and walk to the reed bed ..... just for a look and a listen!!!
Given more time, I could actually stay here for several days quite happily.
Saturday, 21 March 2009
The Peace Pagoda in Willen Park. Apparently, there are hundreds of Japanese Cherry Blossom trees planted behind. What a picture that must be when they are in bloom?
The Grand Union Canal runs for ten miles through the centre of Milton Keynes, twisting this way and that through the various housing developments - from Fenny Stratford to the aqueduct over the Ouse at Wolverton. Almost throughout, the towpath is well maintained, free of litter and graffiti and well supplied with bins for refuse deposited by our lovely cannine friends! Not one sunken shopping trolley was spotted! It certainly does not feel like you are passing through a major town. There are plans afoot to link the Grand Union at Milton Keynes with the Great Ouse at Bedford. I do so hope this happens one day and that John and I will still be fit enough to cruise it!!!
So ......... we looked at some of the canalside property and thought ..... maybe? After talking to the locals, I don't think we could afford it!!!!
BUT .... from what we have seen and heard, Milton Keynes seems to us to have a great deal going for it! Comments from those who know?
This week: We have had a lovely cruise from Norton Junction just outside Daventry to where we are now - just outside of Leighton Buzzard. The weather has been glorious and lots of other boaters have been out and about to talk to.
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
The tawny owls have just started hooting (Maggie cannot resist joining in!) and the heating system has just packed up .....again!!!
If there's one thing I have come to accept about living on a boat is that something is always going wrong!!!!
I'm not sure if I'm doing the right thing or not here but ......................... if this works, close friends and family will finally be able to keep their beedy eyes on what John and I are up to and when!!! Lots to learn as yet about how to operate this as a blog site but, hopefully, I will be able to keep people up to date with news and pictures.
At the moment we are at Stoke Bruerne on our way down to Brentford to meet Ben with his narrowboat, April Love. there is a lovely old thathed pub here called The Boat and we like it especially because they are dog friendly!! I have issues regarding dogs and pubs - will get around to publishing my thoughts at some point!! This old pub has a lovely sign though!
Spring is definitely here - the little lambs are bouncing, the ducks, swans and geese have paired up and the birds are twitering in the trees.
Lots of other boaters seem to have come out of hibernation and the waterways are getting busier.
Well, I'm now going to post this and see if it works!!