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"Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints"

Chief Seattle (1786–1866) leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes

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Our Christmas Table

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16th Dec 2012, 19:03   comments (0)


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There's always something to admire about water, however it appears to us.
15th Dec 2012, 23:53   comments (3)

Will it Won't it?


1. Tuesday's last light.
2. Wednesday's foggy start to the day.
3. A cold-soaked landscape.
4. Round the bend!
5. Comfortably settled.

The surface of the canal slowly solidified into ice overnight on Tuesday, but with the OAT hovering around two degrees celsius since, the ice has melted away.

At dawn yesterday we were woken by the diesel fired central heating system automatically starting up. This was caused by the froststat in the bedroom sensing the temperature had fallen below five degrees C. That's what comes of sleeping with a window open. The central heating system guards against the temperature within the most vulnerable area of the boat dropping to zero. It's the first time it has fired up in over two years. We still slept with a window open again last night. Hardy folks us.

Up forward in the saloon, the wood-burner keeps the temperature at about twenty degrees C and a kettle hot for our first cuppa of the day. Just the job.

It's now late Wednesday night, zero degrees C outside and the ice is back. But if the weather forecast is anything to go by, it'll be gone by midday tomorrow.
13th Dec 2012, 01:19   comments (3)


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Where three weeks ago a narrowboat swung gently against Quedgeley Wharf, the only clue left of its now submerged presence is the tiller bar and a gas bottle just visible below the surface where it sank.

I've added the second more recent photo showing a marker buoy over the 'wreck'.
10th Dec 2012, 17:53   comments (0)

Just Admiring


1. Sunrise over the Severn.
2. The sun paints a rainbow as a shower cascades to the ground from a white waterfall.
3. From where we're moored a big sky stretches away to the blaze of on an uncluttered horizon.
4. St Mary's Church bathing in the warm glow of the setting sun.
5. The view from St Mary's
5th Dec 2012, 19:02   comments (2)

A Frosty Daybreak

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1. Sunday's autumnal sunrise
2. A chilly start to the day.
3rd Dec 2012, 14:20   comments (6)

Forty Days and Forty Nights

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Our head of security curled up between us this morning after another busy night-shift.

The rain isn't effecting us too much other than turning the towpath to mush. At present the canal is looking as though it may become the fall-back flood barrier between Frampton and the Severn if this rain keeps up. All about us, life in the countryside is succumbing to the rising water levels and the damage it causes.

Years ago the water meadows here were managed for grazing and growing crops. Today, agriculture being what it isn't any more, these same meadows have been left to literally rot. Drainage and irrigation ditches that once criss-crossed the land have collapsed, become overgrown or blocked and the labour intensive subsistence farming that once cared for the land has given way to intensive farming that has scoured the farming community of manpower and made proper land and water management uneconomical in favour of set-aside subsidies and grants. We just stand by and watch nature reclaim what is her's because it isn't worth the effort to work with her to hold on to it until its all too late. Expensive flood defences in other parts have already failed due to an over-reliance on automated monitoring systems that, when called upon to activate defences, have failed to work or done so inadequately; with a simple shrug of a smug shoulder by those responsible.

We deserve to drown in our arrogance and growing ignorance of what really matters. People matter not profit.
26th Nov 2012, 19:53   comments (4)

Us and the Views

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23rd Nov 2012, 23:51   comments (1)