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May 20, 2019 - Another 7 locks today

We moved on again today as we had been told that the Canal & River Trust were closing one of the locks we needed to pass through all day tomorrow. So we are a bit weary after 7 locks. As we were puddling along we came upon this clever boat. I spotted the Lion on the hillside which belongs to Whipsnade Zoo which has been there since 1933 and had been deteriorating and covered with weeds, so they cleaned it up and added 800 tonnes of chalk from beneath a local residents house (they were having excavation work done under their house and...

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May 19, 2019 - Onwards a little

The fuel barge came around this morning. They do a run from Milton Keynes down the canal and you just book for when they are in your area. So we loaded up with diesel at a very good price and then proceeded through the lock and to the water point to fill up with water. We decided after 4 locks to stop as it was 1 PM and do some more exploring. We're at a place called Great Seabrook, between Pitstone and Cheddington. through a lovely wooded walkway and into Pitstone to see the 13th century church. Not the most impressive church we've...

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May 18, 2019 - Through the fields

We walked along the Aylesbury Arm for a while today and then followed a pathway through a farmer's field of broad beans to the village of Wilstone. This row of houses shows how small the original houses were and people are still living in them. On our way back the pathway ended right outside The Angler's Arms pub, so we decided to call in and have a pint. They have a lovely aviary in the yard

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May 17, 2019 - Cooling down again!!

The gear some of the fishermen have is absolutely amazing. I think they must be setting up for the weekend with all the gear on this cart. We walked into Marsworth Village (not much there but a couple of rows of houses and the church, and,of course, the mandatory pub.) These gravestones are inside the Church and are quite interesting to read. It's quite a big church for a small village, although having been mentioned in the Doomsday Book must have been quite a thriving place in days gone by. The weather is cooling down again...

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May 15, 2019 - Back to Tring

We set off to walk the 4 1/2 miles into Tring to get some groceries. The walk took us along the Weymouth Arm of the Grand Union, which is a short, narrow 6 mile section. We counted at least 10 large carp and a long silver perch sunning themselves in the shallows. The wild flowers/weeds are blooming beautifully now and the wheat fields are coming along nicely. It was quite a lovely 2 hour walk in the sunshine.

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May 14, 2019 - Tring Reservoirs

We walked around one of the Reservoirs yesterday afternoon - there are 4 reservoirs which feed the canal. A very popular fishing, walking and picnic area. I spotted this large fish - and the fishing people were on the other side of the lake!!! We went back down to the Aylesbury Arm and there just happened to be a narrow boat going through the lock - you can see how narrow it is. Then I sat on the bank and did my crosswords and the goslings came by to visit.

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May 12, 2019 - The sun is shining

We were woken early this morning as a boat took off from in front of us with a sloshing and roaring. So we were ready to depart by 9.30am. The sun was shining and we headed for the locks. We've come across the top now and are going back down hill. As we approached the first lock it was a tight squeeze between the moored boats on both sides of the canal, but we made it. We tied up after 6 locks at Marsworth at the first available mooring. Put the wheel house back together and tidied up then had lunch and went for a walk. We spotted a...

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May 11, 2019 - And another long walk

After the rain and hail stopped around midday we set off for a walk into Tring (a round trip of about 3 1/2 miles). Loosened up the tight muscles as we walked. There was a fair/market happening both inside and outside the Church so I wasa bit disappointed as it was nearly impossible to take photos. We often look in the Estate Agents windows and are always surprised at the price of the houses. £500,000.00 for a semi detached house (that over AU$1,000,000.00). And the traffic continues to surprise us - how there is no serious road...

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May 10, 2019 - A long walk today

We're moored near the village of Tring today, with the sun shining it wasn't too bad for goiing through the locks (3 today). We walked a mile into Aldbury which has the most old houses in a village we've seen so far. It is something out of Midsummer Murders. A lovely pond and a set of stocks from days gone by. We walked through the village and having spotted the Bridgewater monument up on the hill decided to carry on and walk up to see it. The walk took us up a very steep section of woods - I think we'll know about it tomorrow with...

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May 9, 2019 - The Stig??? and Hellfire

Tony redeemed his birthday present today - a 10 lap drive in a Ferrari 458 (in the pouring rain in a left hand drive car!!!!) He had booked to drive an Ariel Atom, but they sent him a message this morning to say it was broken. Which was probably just as well as he would have been very, very wet. It was held at Bovingdon Airfield, not too far from where we are at present, so we hired a car and chuffed off. A pity it was raining but he enjoyed it anyway. The poor guys running the show were soaking wet and even had to go out with brooms...

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May 8, 2019 - Great Barrier What???

We are moored near the pump house and they've been pumping water all day, so when we looked out we could see the bottom - you could be forgiven for thinking you were near the Barrier Reef!!! Tony took the opportunity to get his GoPro out and get some underwater photos There was a canal traders market over the weekend - this was one of the traders, he cuts vinyl records into designs (yours or his). He just happens to be one of the boats that came down the Thames with us to Brentford in March, This crooked looking house is...

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May 4, 2019 - Baby time - no not the Royal baby!!

Getting closer ever so slowly. This Totem Pole, made from Red Cedar, is next to the canal and was given as a gift to a man called John Alsford when he owned the timber yard that was originally on the site where it stands. We moved up the canal a little more yesterday to Northchurch, just north of Berkhamstead, and this morning we walked back into Berkhamstead to look at the canal traders market. The babies are out in force along the canal and are very cute. It's Bank Holiday weekend and the weather forcast is for dreadful...

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