Thursday, July 24, 2014

Life With a Narrowboat : Part 1

Well it's my first 'publication' with Lulu.  This first book is about discovering the inland waterways.  It is an epub file and can be read using Adobe Digital Editions.

Please go to this link to download the file.

Do let me know if it works for you.  I am working on Part 2 and 3 and will publish them if this one sells.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Ghost ?

At the top of the Adderley Locks and past bridge 66 we entered Brownhills Wood. It was so thick the suns rays found their way past the branches producing an eerie feel. It felt cooler in the shade. A lonely fisherman sat quietly on the towpath.

Ann and Molly walked passed the fisherman who spoke but she did not hear the words. Somebody was cutting the grass using a noisy machine dressed in a protective mask and goggles so all you could see was his glowing eyes in the dark woods.

Which one of them was the ghost that is known to haunt these woods I wondered?

As I passed the fisherman slowly in my narrowboat I asked him if he had ever seen the ghost. I heard his reply as the grass cutter had passed on. "It is too noisy for ghosts" he said.

There are many stories of ghosts that haunt the waterways.  Based on the tragedies that the boating families endured in the past.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Big Butt

Them gardeners need big butts.  That gardener lurking in our garden has nearly emptied it again after this dry spell.  It will get full again in good time as we are expecting some rain soon according to those clever computers.
The big butt

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Colour in the garden

Ann has a new camera from Argos.
A Peace rose at its best

A Poppy at its best

The gardener doing his best

A bird getting the nuts

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Web site updates

Just to let you know that I have updated the Book pages with an edited text and added links to the picture pages.  Also just added a political page with text taken from the book.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Spring Watch

Yes I know it is nearly Summer with the longest day next weekend but I came across this in my book.

Near Tixel

The field opposite is full of sheep and lambs, all with their heads down eating breakfast in the morning. Later the lambs were seen gathering together away from their mothers. Like they were going to school and getting to know each other in the playground, pushing, shoving and exploring the field. At one time they were all down at the edge of the canal getting a drink. "Oh, don't fall in please." Mothers and babies have numbers painted on their woolly coats so they know who belongs to whom! After their adventures in late afternoon all the lambs were running around bleating and looking for their mums. If they went to the wrong mum they were pushed away. Eventually they all settled down for the night together again as families.

We enjoyed watching Spring Watch on the BBC having recorded the programs earlier. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer 2006

Here is an extract from our book/blog when we were travelling with Sue n Vic on the river Nene.

Sweltering heat
Over the weekend we enjoyed the sunshine with temperatures in the 30s. The willow trees have been producing a lot of seed that float down like fluffy snow and the boats are getting covered. A lot of spiders have been making their webs, which have captured the seed as well as flies. Tables, chairs and sun brollies have been out on the grass for several days. Sitting out for an hour or so, especially in the afternoon or evening when the sun has gone behind the trees.

Keep Britain tidy?
We had enjoyed a very hot weekend when many boaters were out and about. There were BBQ's, children in small boats, and swimming in the river. The countryside and nature provide a place to relax. BUT after the invasion we were upset to find so much left behind with bags of rubbish and BBQ trays thrown into the bushes. A black burnt patch where the BBQ lay on the grass and uneaten crusts of bread left for the dogs to find. The Environment Agency do not seem to provide any means of proper disposal at their moorings.

Fotheringhay Castle
We arrived here and moored at the castle mound. A local farmer owns the site and charged us to stay. Fotheringhay Castle is no more than a hill with the remains of a moat round it. The first Earl of Northampton originally built it in 1100. Richard the third was born here in 1451, made himself king in 1483 but was killed in battle at Bosworth in 1485. When the Queen of Scots abdicated she was incarcerated here in 1567 and had planted Scottish Thistles that are still growing here! She was seen as the figurehead of the English Catholics and executed here by Queen Elizabeth the first in 1587.

Boating gave us the opportunity to travel, meet people and learn some history of places we visited.