Monthly Archives: October 2013

The River Thames

Today we sailed Felucca from Limehouse Basin near Canary Wharf, through central London, to Brentford.  Epic journey!

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The Tideway

Just about to lock out from Limehouse for our journey up the tidal Thames to Brentford. Wish us luck!

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That’s more like it, London

A beautiful basin mooring, moments from Kings Cross. And entry to the canal museum thrown in for free. Today the wind dropped, the sun came out, Susan came to play and we cruised past London Zoo and through the Camden

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London let-down

Well, this town has dragged me down. Right down. And I’ve only been in it five minutes. Picture this: get up early, slog it for six hours to make it all the way from Southall to central London, pull into

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Royal river

It’s nice to live by the water.  A lockkeeper’s cottage, with pretty roses growing up the wall, perhaps.  An old wharf converted into luxury flats, boasting (if you’re lucky) a little Juliet balcony (that isn’t really a proper balcony at

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Mad dogs and narrowboats

Dear Darius, we are alive! This photo of Tom’s legs attached as evidence. Miserable weather. Will post more when fingers thaw out. Yours etc.

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A trip down memory lane for Felucca

This morning’s cruise took us past Twyford Wharf, Felucca’s former home. She lived here for a long time with not one but two former owners, one of whom happened to be outside as we passed. Felucca was very excited, as

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Stop press

Today, Tom got a VHF short range certificate from the Royal Yacht Association. Which means three things: 1, he is now a qualified radio operator; so 2, we can go on the tidal Thames; but 3, we need a VHF

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The Oxford Canal so far

Some snapshots of our journey along the Oxford from Sutton Stop to Banbury. This canal is probably the most well-travelled in the country; thousands of narrowboaters queue up at the Napton and Claydon locks in the summer months, raving about

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We have just moored in Banbury, home to a well-known nursery rhyme and the start point of Tom Rolt’s epic, indulgent, nostalgic, restoration-inspiring, much-loved-in-canal-circles and, most of all, extremely opinionated account of his travels on board Cressy, Narrow Boat. Now

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