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Newbury to Devizes – Part 1

Newbury Bridge

We are so lucky my trusty friends and crew Wyn and Donna were willing and able to help me with the last stage of the trip down to Devizes.

And of course, I am so disappointed Karen wasn’t able to be part of it.

I did manage to keep her updated with pics of what was happening.

Newbury

Wyn and Donna picked me up from Devizes on Sunday morning and we drove to Newbury. Made good time and arrived at the boat about noon.

I had wondered if we could avoid collapsing the…

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Reading to Newbury

The next stage of the trip, Reading to Newbury, also went pretty well much according to plan! Such a shame Karen was busy on a care job, so couldn’t be with me. Fortunately, a lovely couple, Donna and Wyn, who we met during our boating travels in France, were both keen and able to assist.

Where …

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Windsor to Reading

I love it when a plan comes together, and the trip from Windsor to Reading went pretty much to plan!

Shirley Anne in Windsor

The planning app I used said it would take 14 hours – we took 13.75 hours.

The other part of the plan was for Karen to hire a car, collect me from Devizes, along wit…

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It’s all in the planning!

Like most things – It’s all in the planning!

Since my last post we have done the deed and Shirley Anne (soon to be Shangri La) is ours. Karen collected the keys last week.

And now we are planning how to get her from Windsor on the Thames to near Devizes on the Kennet and Avon canal.

Canal …

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Life on the Kennet and Avon Canal

Lock on the Kennet and Avon

It’s been 2 months since I last posted, and a lot has happened in my life on the Kennet and Avon Canal – both from a job perspective, and with our boat buying journey.

I have settled into the job of supervising the turn around procedure of the hire boat fleet. Much…

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Another boating chapter begins!

I last posted in May 2020 and just before that in March 2020, where I mentioned our plans to relocate to the UK.

Well, ‘you know what’ pretty well scuppered all that!

But suddenly, things are looking up!

We eventually arrived here in the UK in November 2020. My wife had set up to do live i…

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Kennet and Avon

“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” … as the Water Rat said to the Mole in “Wind in the Willows”. And how right he was! I hope I can share the pleasures of boating by recording the trips myself and my wife Karen have taken on the journey to actually buying our boat, and now on our very own Dutch Steel Motor Cruiser, Shangri-La 2.

This blog is an online journal of my various boating activities that have happened over the last few years, from the numerous boating holidays we have taken, some interesting work related events and the journey to buying our own boat

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Newbury to Devizes – Part 1

Newbury Bridge We are so lucky my trusty friends and crew Wyn and Donna were willing and able to help me with the last stage of the trip down to Devizes. And of course, I am so disappointed Karen wasn’t able to be part of it. I did manage to keep her updated with pics... read more

Reading to Newbury

The next stage of the trip, Reading to Newbury, also went pretty well much according to plan! Such a shame Karen was busy on a care job, so couldn’t be with me. Fortunately, a lovely couple, Donna and Wyn, who we met during our boating travels in France, were both... read more

Windsor to Reading

I love it when a plan comes together, and the trip from Windsor to Reading went pretty much to plan! Shirley Anne in Windsor The planning app I used said it would take 14 hours – we took 13.75 hours. The other part of the plan was for Karen to hire a car, collect me... read more

It’s all in the planning!

Like most things – It’s all in the planning! Since my last post we have done the deed and Shirley Anne (soon to be Shangri La) is ours. Karen collected the keys last week. And now we are planning how to get her from Windsor on the Thames to near Devizes on the Kennet... read more

Life on the Kennet and Avon Canal

Lock on the Kennet and Avon It’s been 2 months since I last posted, and a lot has happened in my life on the Kennet and Avon Canal – both from a job perspective, and with our boat buying journey. I have settled into the job of supervising the turn around procedure of... read more

Another boating chapter begins!

I last posted in May 2020 and just before that in March 2020, where I mentioned our plans to relocate to the UK. Well, ‘you know what’ pretty well scuppered all that! But suddenly, things are looking up! We eventually arrived here in the UK in November 2020. My wife... read more

More Bridges on the Netherlands Waterways

And some more bridges on the Netherlands waterways that we encountered on our cruising – Flood Barrier Well I suppose technically this is not a bridge – but a pretty imposing structure – the flood barrier on the Hollandse Ijssel, near Rotterdam.... read more

Bridges on the Netherlands Waterways

Even though we no longer have Shangri La, I still love looking back at the photos and reminiscing! We think those few years were the best of our lives. I was reminded of the huge number of bridges on the Netherlands Waterways – which of course is not surprising given... read more

London – Regents Canal

Lisson Grove – Regents Canal Regents Canal It has been nearly a year since I last posted. Did not really expect to be posting at all. Thought my canal days were over! (We sold Shangri La in 2018). Well maybe not! Given the situation in SA, Karen and I are... read more

More interesting boats (part 3)

And here are the last of these interesting boats we have seen – this time mostly the rather deadbeat and derelict ones in France! Interesting colour scheme Saw this one somewhere in the Netherlands. Would love to know what inspired this colour scheme!... read more

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My love of boats goes back to my early years when I went on holiday with my parents to Knysna in the Cape. We stayed at a hotel on stilts, and I played in rowing boats and little motor boats on the lagoon.

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