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Sep 26, 2019 - Theale 51.43002N -1.0707223W

We have risen 22feet over 4 locks and 3 hours motoring today, and are now at Theale. The name Theale probably derives from the Anglo Saxon "thielu" meaning plank. Wooden bridges were necessary in the settlement area due to frequent flooding. We managed to get here with just one light shower but about 1/2 hour after we'd put the wheel house back together it poured down. Then a short time later the sun came out and there were beautiful blue skies so we set off for a walk into Theale. A few sore heads going in and out of these front doors...

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Sep 22, 2019 - Were we mad??????

We walked back into Reading this morning and decided we must have been mad to even attempt to get through that bridge in March! The canal zigzags through The Oracle shopping Centre, they couldn't have made it any more of an obstacle course!!! There are some lovely floral displays here. If you look closely at this photo you can see where the high water level has been at times. These houses are so narrow I bet you can touch the walls either side with your arms outstretched. But backing onto the canal they are probably worth a...

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Sep 20, 2019 - Yeah, we made it. (51.4349N -0.98920E)

After a long day, leaving Henley at 9.00am we reached the Tesco grocery store and stocked up again. Then we fuelled up, took down the roof, and set off to make our way onto the Kennet & Avon Canal. The river is at least a foot lower than it was when we first tried to get up it in March, and hardly flowing, so we were able to get through the dreaded bridge without any trouble at all. This is the awkward traffic light you have to get to before the bridge, luckily it changed straight away as there wasn't anyone coming through from the...

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Feb 24, 2019 - Yay - we're out of the pesky marina

Lower Shiplake Lock 51.503 N 0.899 W We escaped from the Marina yesterday, topped up with fuel up the river (cheaper by atleast 20p per litre than the Marina) and then moored at Tesco and did our grocery shop. Stayed the night there and set off this morning. We pulled up just before the second lock for the night. Went for a wander around the village of Lower Shiplake where there was alovely garden with lots of crocus flowering, daffodils in the hedgerow and blossom trees flowering,and then sat out in the sunshine and read our...

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Feb 22, 2019 - A deserved cuppa and feet up!!

We had a big day today. Walked to the bus stop and got off just out of town at the river. Walked along the tow path for about 2miles to reach Tool Station for Tony to buy some drill bits. We then walked a short distance to another cluster of shops where we went to Halfords, a motor and bicycle shop and Wickes - a smaller version of Bunnings. We decided they were pretty serious about these signs placed regularly along the tow path!𯘀 It's a lovely part of the Thames - nice and wide and I can understand why they don't want narrow boaters...

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Feb 15, 2019 - More education

As we set off today the sun was trying very hard to burn through the fog, but as we arrived in town the fog was just about gone and the sun was shining once again. We went to the museum of Rural Life today - another free entry musueum full of very interesting information and such a lot of "old stuff". We spent a couple of hours wandering around the museum and there weren't many other people there so we were able to spend plenty of time at each exhibit. Next week it will probably be inundated with children as the half term school...

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Feb 14, 2019 - Heatwave!!!

First we're going to be frozen solid and then they changed their minds and we're having a heat wave!! 14 - 15 deg is very nice though. It's certainly nowhere near warm enough to swim, but even if it was we wouldn't risk it in this lake! Even the swans decided to go for a walk in the sunshine today. I was trying to be artistic with this photo and frame the moon with the white jet trails.

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Feb 11, 2019 - Rain and sunshine

Yesterday was mostly rainy, so as soon as the sun came out we went for a walk. 5 minutes before I took this picture it was pouring. The heron was enjoying the sunshine. Today we spent the morning washing windows and doing housework etc. Then as we went out for a walk these 2 Chinook choppers flew over. This twisted tree is on the road out of the marina. There are lots of these Red Kites flying around this area - apparently they are quite prolific now after being very rare for many years.

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Feb 9, 2019 - Museum

Yesterday was an indoor day as it poured with rain nearly all day. So today we walked up to the bus stop and caught the bus into town. We went to the museum and spent a couple of hours wandering around there. It's a very interesting museum - lots of fossils and bits and pieces of crockery etc dug up from the old abbey and surrounding buildings. The Abbey was founded by King Henry 1 in 1121 and became one of the largest and wealthiest abbeys in England. It holds a replica of the Bayeaux Tapestry (which isn't a tapestry at all -...

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Feb 7, 2019 - Back in the Marina

We're now back in the Marina which is quite big and the people are very friendly. The only problem is the long mile and a half walk to the nearest bus stop on the main road. We got ourselves settled in this morning and then took off into town. Mainly on a small shopping trip - I needed some wool and craft stuff and Tony needed a new pair of waterproof shoes. It started raining while we were heading for the craft shop which took us through the gardens so we rushed through and didn't stop to do much sightseeing. I took a couple of pics...

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Feb 6, 2019 - Back where we started

Well we had another day of getting nowhere. Set off this morning and after the first lock Tony rang the CRT to book our trip through the Thames lock from the river onto the Grand Union for Friday as they require 48 hours notice. That was all good until about half an hour later they rang back to say we wouldn't be able to get through as there are 2 locks before our destination that are closed for maintenance - one of them is closed until 1st March. So after some deliberation we decided to find a Marina to sit in for the duration. We've...

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Feb 5, 2019 - Busy going nowhere!!

Our new mattress arrived yesterday- Bed in a box. It comes all sucked up into a small roll and slowly unfolds into a king size mattress Very impressive. so we had fun getting the old mattress out and ready for the man with a van to come and collect and then putting the new mattress in it's place. This morning we set off to venture on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Haha, it was not to be! the current was running very strong and before we got too far we had to stop to take down the wheelhouse roof for the low bridges. We watched a...

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