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On the Midland Waterways

Normally my posts are about trips on our own boat, but recently I did a boat moving trip, mostly on the midland waterways, from Eynsham to Tardebigge. Purpose of the trip was repositioning some hire boats – so a bit of a free holiday.

The 2 boats we moved

The route took us down the Thames, v…

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The Three Magpies

Why a trip to The Three Magpies?

Several reason for the trip to The Three Magpies: Since I moved the boat to our mooring here at Foxhangers near Devizes, (Read about that trip here) the boat has hardly moved, other than across to the pump out. Since we bought the boat, Karen has done very little…

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Newbury to Devizes - Part 4 - The Caen Hill Flight

View from the bottom of the Caen Hill Flight!

The title of this post is probably a bit incorrect, as we had already past the actual town of Devizes, but the Foxhangers moorings at the bottom of the Caen Hill Flight is still technically in Devizes.

The team

My friends Wyn and Donna continue…

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Newbury to Devizes - Part 3

This part of the journey from Newbury to Devizes takes us from Pewsey, along about 10 miles of canal with no locks, but many narrow and overgrown sections, till we reach Devizes and start the descent of Caen Hill. We did the first three locks going down and moored up at the Black Horse pub – a brea…

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Newbury to Devizes - Part 2

On the Kennet and Avon

Kintbury to Pewsey

Part 2 of the trip from Newbury to Devizes took us from Kintbury to Pewsey with an overnight stop at Great Bedwyn.

The stats for this bit:

18 miles

27 locks, with a total rise of 196 ft 10 ins

1 swing bridge.

We also negotiated the Bruc…

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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…

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“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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Latest Adventures

Sojourn in England

27th Julyto 29th August Bath Bath – River Avon There are several reasons for this month long sojourn in England. The main reason was to do the 2 -week Demuth’s Vegan Cooking Diploma Course in Bath. As any regular reader will know, we follow a plant-based diet... read more

South of France

Monday 16th July to Friday 27th July South of France There are a number of reasons for this little trip – we would have loved to have done it aboard Shangri La, but the trip down the Rhone is not taken lightly, especially if you want to come back up again. Also, down... read more

Chalon-sur-Saone – and on to St Jean-de-Losne

Chalon-sur-Saone Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th July As much as it is wonderful to have friends on board, it is lovely to have the boat all to ourselves. We had three lovely relaxing days in Chalon – a meal at our favourite vegan eatery – La Pierre Vie, shop ups at... read more

Having friends on board

Friday 29 June to Tuesday 3 July St Leger to Chalon-sur-Saone Friday was a catch up with cleaning the boat, shopping and getting ready for Karen’s friend Linda joining us. St Leger is a lovely stopping place. It is a Locaboat hire base so has all the amenities. The... read more

Digoin to St Leger-sur-Dheune

  Monday 25th June – Digoin to Paray-le-Monial Lovely late start to the day. Topped up the water tanks. Last shop up at E LeClerc and a visit to Tourist Office for wifi. Mainly to send emails to H2O in St Jean de Losne to set up meetings for a few repairs we need... read more

On to Digoin

Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd June We carried on along the Canal Lateral a la Loire towards Digoin. Our overnight stop was a wild stop near Gilly-sur-Loire. We thought we would walk into the village, but it was much further away, and nothing there anyway. On the good... read more

Vanneaux – and back to Decize?

Wednesday 20th June After a last shop up at the Intermarche, set out from Decize at 1030. Return journey in direction of Digoin much the same, though it was now a lot hotter. Glad we have finally worked out the best configuration for our awnings with the low bridges.... read more

Decize – on the Loire

Decize Tuesday 19th June The marina at Decize turned out to be very good, and not as expensive as I had been expecting. 10 Euros per night including electricity and water and wifi. This time the wifi actually worked! Well on our PCs and my mobile. But would simply NOT... read more

Canal Lateral a la Loire

Friday 15th to Monday 18th June Canal Lateral a la Loire Digoin to Decize Digoin is where three waterways meet – Canal du Centre, Canal de Roanne a Digoin and the Canal Lateral a la Loire. We set out from Digoin, now heading down the Canal Lateral a la Loire, at about... read more

Canal de Roanne s Digoin – Artaix to Digoin

  Wednesday 13th June Artaix to Digoin We had arranged a lockie for 0930 at the first lock, so got going about 09.10. The weather was perfect for boating – Not too hot and not raining. The first three locks were close together and operated by a young female... read more

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About Me

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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