Jul 7, 2018 - Cruising
Dear all, Well here we are again. We have had a week in England, not doing anything exciting except watching Kate, our niece run in a 10 Klm fun run for cancer. It was really hot on the day and has remained so. Yesterday it was 30'C and today it is to get to 32'C. We are off to Southampton tomorrow for our cruise to the Canary Islands. I am not sure how I will go with the blog as we cannot get internet on the ship. The islands are off the west coast of Africa, off Monarco. I have tried to set up the map for you. Well that is all for...Jump to full entry
Jul 3, 2018 - The last hurrah!
July 2, Monday Early this morning before we got into the port there was a magnificent view of the white cliffs of Dover. Tall, sharply cut, and white as snow. There was a foggy view of Dover Castle on the other side. Like floating through the set of King of Thrones. I boarded a bus, however for Leeds Castle. This was the home of Henry the 8th, and called the Castle of Queens. I was on my own for this one. Dick and Mary were afraid of the walk which said 1/3 mile and 52 steps. We don’t have any idea who makes the measurements but they lie....Jump to full entry
Jul 2, 2018 - Hemel Hempstead.
We left East Grinstead and headed to meet some good friends from the Maserati Club for lunch at their house. We had a great time catching up with Roger and Sarah and it was as if we had never left. We then headed over to Hemel Hempstead to meet up with Graham and Sophie and their kids. A great evening as usual with a fantastic curry take out!Jump to full entry
Jul 1, 2018 - Cows!
July 1, Sunday Today we were in St.Pete Port, Guernsey. Yes, guernsey like the cow. We had to get tender tickets to get to the island which is closer to France than England but still in the English Channel. They used the ships life boats. Another one of a kind experience. The island has a castle as all good islands should. There were excursions to dairy farms. Growing up in a dairy farm community this held NO interest for me. But there were lots of other things to see. When looking in the book store window I saw a book called “The...Jump to full entry
Jun 30, 2018 - Back in town
Dear all, Well here we are back in Bexley with Paul's brother. We are here for a week before we go on our cruise to the Canary Islands. The photos are for those who watch the detective series on ABC TV, Broadchurch. Also a photo of Salisbury, which we passed yesterday on the way back to London. The sheep were on the field when we woke yesterday before we left for London. Not sure when I will get back to you , hopefully later this week. Kind regards, Dianne and PaulJump to full entry
Jun 30, 2018 - Going down again 53º57.39N 2º8.7W
Yesterday was spent doing housework inside and Tony put kill rust on the roof and fitted the new pretty blue protector strip around it. Spotted this old bridge on our walk. Also spotted this thing on our walk - any suggestions as to what it may be? Today we started the descent with 3 locks at Greenberfield and then passed under the double bridge again, and we're now moored up between East Marton and Bank Newton.Jump to full entry
Jun 30, 2018 - Wales of fun
June 29, Friday Onto the bus and off we went Island hopping. People have lived here for 2000 years. The Druids high priests of the Celtics lived here. They were responsible for naming our days of the week were named Monday for the Moon, Thursday for Thor, Sunday for the Sun etc. They worshipped the elements of nature. The months of the year were also named at this time. The Roman came and when they left Christianity found a foothold and grew. Children in the 40s & 50s were punished for speaking Welsh and now its a heritage language. ...Jump to full entry
Jun 28, 2018 - The Tunnel!!!!!!!!
We're going to sleep well tonight after making our way through that tunnel again. It's quite a harrowing experience in our big boat and we were talking to another wide beam with a high roof just before they went through it yesterday - he was just as apprehensive as us and he's been through it quite a few times, but he had just had his boat painted a lovely light blue (and Tony said there was paint marks frequently along the walls as we went through.) just glad it's over with. It took us 45 minutes to traversse and the average time for...Jump to full entry
Jun 28, 2018 - What day is today
Dear all, Well we are at Fowey. We arrived here from Falmouth, yesterday. The driver needs a rest today so we have a spare day here. We went to have lunch at a restaurant owned by Rick Stein. Nothing to write home about. The food was not so good. We have done a small trip around the harbour hear today. Have included a photo of a theatre set in the side of a rock mountain . It was rather amazing. Put in a couple of pictures of the local harbour. We are staying up the road from where Dawn French lives and where Daphne Du Maurier lived....Jump to full entry
Jun 27, 2018 - 7 locks
The dam at the top of the locks is quite low - it's one of the dams that keeps the canal topped up, and they're saying that if we don't have substantial rain within a month they will lock off the locks and there will be no travelling through. Traffic on the locks was quite busy this morning but we managed to get through with only a minor disturbance when a lamb fell into the water between 2 locks. We had assistance from a CRT helper and he managed to rescue the little fella. We've risen 69ft 4ins today - top of the world. weather...Jump to full entry
Jun 26, 2018 - "That's the beautifullist boat I've ever seen"
We've had so many comments about the boat but this was the best!!! Then we've had - "eee, that's a bigun innit" "By 'eck, that's a beauty" Then the best of all was a lady asking me as we were facing upwards into the locks and rising - "are you going up or down?"!!!!!!!!! These fish were lazily sunbathing around the boat yesterday. We hadn't been moving for half an hour this morning before we had to stop and unblock the filters and pull plastic from the prop. It's the worst stretch of canal we've come across - more shopping trolleys than...Jump to full entry
Jun 25, 2018 - Monday 24th
Dear all, Well on Tuesday we visited a town called Port Isacc. Have included two photos of the town. Did you recognise them from Doc Martin the TVseries. They look exactly the same. Because of the weather English people are out in the sun so have included a photo of one of the few sandy beaches in England and people were in swimming. The water temperature would have been about 18'C. No swimming for this girl. Kind regards, DianneJump to full entry