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Jan 16, 2021 - A walk in the sun

A lot of nature pics today. A lovely walk in the sunshine and it's quite mild. (just over 5km). We walked on the public footpath that goes through the Avington Estate which is a very large estate and is most known for it's fishing. The River Kennet runs through the estate and there are some large lakes - we were told by a fisherman that a licence to fish in their lakes is £3000 per year!!!! (you'd have to be keen - just to catch a fish and then throw it back in again!) It was a bit disappointing though, to follow the path and suddenly...

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Jan 11, 2021 - Drizzle

Tony bought me this lovely jigsaw for Christmas and I've just completed it. I intend to have it framed when we get back to Oz. the snowdrops are appearing in the Church yard. The newt ponds were our destination today, now unfrozen but no sign of any life. the rate things are going we will still be here in the summer and will get to see it all looking pretty and maybe see a newt or 2. The virus is spiralling in this country and we are lucky to be so isolated on the boat/canal, even though we complain about the walkers etc. on the towpath...

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Jan 9, 2021 - Addendum to yesterday's report

This is the information I've found on the big white building that's now a spa and retirement village. Own a home you’ll be proud of Audley luxury retirement villages Experience an independent lifestyle in a beautiful and secure environment, where your property and gardens are maintained for you. Audley Inglewood in Berkshire has its own health club, library and restaurant. And if you ever need any extra care, we can provide that too. Nestled in 39 acres, one mile from Kintbury in Berkshire, Audley Inglewood retirement village is home to 91...

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Jan 8, 2021 - To Inkpen

Tony got sick of having to pull my wellies off and getting muddy, wet hands, so he spent a few hours making this device for me to pull them off myself, and it works very well. The sign in the village says it's 2 miles to Inkpen - there's also another road to Inkpen running out of the top of the village. So we took the long way around and ended up walking 14kms. We walked through this gateway and assume that it was originally the entrance to this huge white building which is now Natura Spa . I've been trying to find out what the estate...

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Jan 7, 2021 - Nostalgia

This scene was late on Monday afternooon - there had been many more walking along the tow path before that - but we are in full lockdown and only people out for their daily exercise are supposed to be out. And, of course, they've now closed all the schools, so we have parents/grandparents with screaming children coming past every so often. But, they mostly have to drive here to go for their walk!!! Tuesday was our 47th Wedding Anniversary but with everything being closed we were unable to go out for a meal, so we will have to make up for it...

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Jan 2, 2021 - Cold & damp

Whilst we were sitting at the bus terminal in Newbury the other day we were chatting with a lady who lives here in Kintbury and she was telling us about some of the history of the place and some nice spots to walk. Yesterday we set off to find the Newt Ponds, and succeeded. Nothing like making sure the public keep away from a fire which is long cold. This will be a lovely place to visit in summer - even now with the ponds frozen over it's a pretty place. We were lucky that the frost hadn't melted away so the muddy paths were mostly...

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Dec 31, 2020 - Happy New Year

Happy New Year We wish you all a very Happy New Year, we're all hoping for it to be better than 2020. We caught the bus into Newbury yesterday to do our grocery shop and couldn't believe the number of people just wandering around town!! We are in Tier 4 lockdown where we should not travel unless necessary. We thought it better to go yesterday rather than leave it till today as everyone would be out getting New Year's Eve supplies for their parties!!! Even though only 2 households are allowed to mix. Mind you - Boris can't order people to...

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Dec 29, 2020 - Back to sunshine

A few snowflakes floated down early this morning and now the sun is shining! A couple of pics from yesterdays walk. The allotments were covered in a light dusting of snow. The snow makes all the greenery look so bright. The fuel boat is on it's way today so we'll get filled up with diesel to keep the home fires burning!

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Dec 28, 2020 - Snow

this jigsaw was our gift from the grandchildren, so we sat down together on Boxing Day and put it together. A joy to see their smiling faces. A lovely sunny day but a bit nippy and the sun doesn't rise very high in the sky as you can see from the photos. Storm Bella didn't cause us much grief, just some wind and rain for a few hours. Not nearly as much as other areas had. This morning we had some heavy rain and then suddenly I saw snowflakes floating down. So even though it's raining again the snow is still on the ground and it's very...

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Dec 26, 2020 - Ice but no snow

A frosty but snow less Christmas Day. These pics were taken at 2pm and the frost was still on the ground. The sun is so low at present it barely gets over the roof tops so doesn't hit much of the path. We had a lovely, quiet day and enjoyed our Christmas dinner. After lunch we went for a walk and came back with very cold noses, glad to get back inside again. The sun had no warmth to it at all, so it wasn't worth standing in the sunny spots. The weather is about to turn nasty according to the forecast as storm Bella approaches and brings...

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Dec 22, 2020 - Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS Wishing all our followers a Very Merry Christmas, hope you can all have an enjoyable time over the festive season and that you are all safe and healthy. At least you are mostly able to get together with your families now. Things in this country are not so merry with most of the country in some sort of lockdown and Christmas day is virtually cancelled for the majority. Boris had everyone preparing for a 5 day Christmas window to get together and spread the disease, but changed his mind on Saturday so everyone is up in arms....

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Dec 17, 2020 - Oh what a beautiful morning

The sun was shining brightly this morning after a couple of rainy days - yesterday we caught the bus into Newbury for a bit of shopping and got a tad wet as we got off the bus on our return to the boat - so we set off for a leisurely walk to Hungerford! A distance of just over 6km each way. We had a "not so nice" cheese and tomato toastie and coffee at a cafe in Hungerford (so won't be going there again!) and then battled our way along the sloppy jalopy tow path back to Kintbury. It was a very enjoyable, if muddy, walk, and our wellies did...

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