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Oct 14, 2019 - Fire

This weekend the French fire artists "Carabosse" who travel across Europe with their fire displays came to Newbury. There were 3 nights of displays, the first 2 were wet and raining, but last night was dry so we headed out to see it. The displays were lovely and there were lots of people around taking it all in. The rain stayed off until we were safely back on board, and even though the two previous nights had been wet the organsers said there were just as many people wandering around on those nights as there were last night. The...

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Oct 12, 2019 - The Thatchem Reed beds

This photo was taken by friends who came through a few days after us. I was concentrating so much on the amount of space we had that I didn't take any photos. But Julie stands on the bow of their boat and she took the pic and sent it to me. It's raining today so it's going to be an inside day by the looks of it....

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Oct 6, 2019 - Sunshine today

It poured for most of the night I think, and then we awoke to a lovely sunny day. Not sure it's going to last very long but we'll take what we can get. We came back past the church on our walk to seek more mooring spots a bit further out of town. (Alas, there were none available!) Unfortunately the Church was closed up so we couldn't have a gander inside. This is a notice at the town lock, don't know how old it is but it's some time since a horse has pulled a boat along this canal. Another jigsaw completed this afternoon.

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Oct 5, 2019 - No rain today

We headed off to the market this morning and a poor excuse for a market it was. Only 5 stalls. I guess the weather puts stall holders off, but it would have been a good day for them with not a drop of rain. The museum was the next stop. Wouldn't want to get my foot caught in this trap!!!! Maybe I need a pair of these skates to get around when we are iced in. This is an interesting story. Back to the boat and after lunch I took the washing up to the laundrette, (along with every other person in Newbury!) and Tony washed down the...

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Oct 4, 2019 - Newbury

It was drizzling for most of the day we left Monkey Marsh and although we set off with the roof up, we reached the 3rd lock and because of a low walkway over the lock we had to stop to take down the roof. There were some very narrow parts on the canal to get through - the locals decided it would make the canal look pretty if they planted lots of reeds (on both banks!!) so there's a narrow channel between them which is quite shallow at times to battle through. We got to Newbury and were lucky enough to find a mooring on the bank right...

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Oct 12, 2018 - Newbury

When our week in London was finished it was time to go to Newbury. Now, most people wouldn’t have any reason to go to this small city 55 miles southwest of London. Dave was stationed here in the late 1970’s for three years as there are two small Air Force bases here. We departed London by walking to the tube then a train to Newbury, then called for the Enterprise rental car, finally getting the car, drove to our hosts home. That is, after we had a great lunch at the Donnington Pub. The Airbnb we arranged on the edge of town was terrific....

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Jan 6, 2017 - We are Sailing

We arrived at Southampton where a porter took our cases. We then went into the terminal and just had a short wait before we boarded. When we got to the cabin the cases where waiting for us. We unpacked and amazingly manage to find a place for everything to be stored. We then carried out the mandatory emergency drill with our life jackets. Hopefully that's the only time I need to wear it! We cast off and were treated to a firework display. We had an delicious dinner followed by the theatre and pub quiz. Where we came joint first but missed...

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Jan 5, 2017 - And we're off!

Well here we are, 15 months after booking this cruise we are on our way. My daughter Nicola is kindly driving us to Southampton where we will board our home for the next four months. Too late if we have forgotten anything but I console myself that there are shops where we can pick up anything we have left behind! We board at 2.30 and will spend a few hours unpacking and getting to know the ship before getting ready for dinner. We will both miss our families but Skype and Whatsap are great ways of keeping in touch. Next stop Bermuda.....

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Dec 30, 2016 - So close...

We have less than a week to go. We have packed most of our stuff and have seven pieces of luggage so far! Five are mine! I know how Victoria Beckham feels although I don't have matching Mulberry (or matching anything). Ian is writing a note for Huw detailing who to call if a problem. E.g. Home insurance people power companies etc. Well I say a note but it's becoming more like War and Peace. Just a few last minute things to do. Can't believe this time next week we will be sailing on the Atlantic.

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Nov 25, 2016 - It's really happening!

It seems so long ago that we booked this cruise and now it's only round the corner. Tickets and luggage labels are ready to print. Visa and vaccinations are up to date. Now we have to think about what to pack. I have never got the hang of packing light so goodness knows how much I will need for 120 days! Luckily there isn't a luggage limit but we do need to be able to put it in the cabin. So what should I pack for a trip that goes to 17 countries, 33 ports, 35 formal nights and a variety of temperatures. Ah well I have just over a month to...

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May 7, 2010 - Newbury

Friday May 7 Nic had her day off today so nice to spend time with her and Sophie exploring Newbury.Another quaint little English town set on a very picturesque canal.Boys and Sophie had a blowout in the park before walking along the riverbanks of the canal,past the lock and into the main street where low and behold we discovered another West Cornwall Pasty Shop.Yay!We chanced upon this great shop in Bath thanks to Morag and Blacky,devine Cornish pasties smuggled in from Cornwall…yum,yum,yum me hearties.Kids loved the pirate theme and the...

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May 4, 2008 - Near Hungerford

Today we had planned to visit a few gardens of the many National Trust properties that are on our journey back towards Heathrow, but the weather was not too cooperative. We stopped at Montecute House but the gardens were not too exciting and we spent most of the day exploring the local countryside staying off the main roads as we journeyed to Fisher Farm, our last stop over of the trip.

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Wales - Spring 2008

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