Yearly Archives: 2013

Where are all the women?

Everyone – this blog included – talks about the famous men of the waterways. The great engineers, like Brindley, Telford, Jessop and Rennie, who made it all possible. The working men through the ages. Tom Rolt and Robert Aickman, who

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Raw data

I’ve handed in the draft of my translated novel. Whoop de whoop! In celebration, and because I’m a little over words, I give you NUMBERS. Beautiful numbers. Here comes the summary of our cruising year (eight months, actually) from Yelvertoft

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Tom’s top ten waterways watering holes

The Ship’s Journal is a battered red diary where we jot down details of our trip.  Miles travelled, locks operated, diesel pumped, groceries purchased, wildlife spotted and moorings moored.  Indeed, Emily is, as I write, cheerfully mining the data therein,

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The Grand Union canal: a retrospective

  I suspect that, even if you don’t think of yourself as a canal person, you’ve heard of the Grand Union. If “Name a Canal” were ever a question on Family Fortunes, it would be the top answer. (By the

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Crisp winter day in Braunston

Our new home!  

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Boat cuisine – scallops

Posh grub tonight, folks. Seared scallops, with local black pudding and bacon, on a bed of sprout-colcannon (yep, mashed potatoes with a few early sprouts chucked in for fun). Gracias a Maman for the seafood, to Brian & Jo for

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Hunkering down for the winter

Last week, cruising through the frosty fields of Northamptonshire, we saw our first fieldfares of the year. These cheerful thrushes hang around in flocks scoffing berries.  You will probably be familiar with swallows and cuckoos, which come here in the

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A Malcolm Tucker day

You have good days and bad days on the canals. And sometimes you have Malcolm Tucker days. Today was one of those: a real five-star, catastrophe-ridden, expletive-inducing marathon of a day. Incident Number One: The Crash. We are pootling merrily

Posted in Boat Handling, Cruising log, Life Aboard

My worry list

I was never a brownie. I dropped out of Duke of Edinburgh. I can get lost on one-way streets. I did pass my technology GCSE, but that was more luck than application, interest or talent. I’ve had mixed experiences with

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Guest post: David Walker

A poem written on the occasion of Felucca’s passage along the tidal Thames, entitled: “The Anxious Pa Song” 3 Cheers for Them! For Tom and Em (Why what did they do?) I thought you knew; They’re brilliant at Navigation! 3

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