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You have reached your (first) destination

So how did yesterday rate on my 1-10 Happy-ometer? I think a stonking big 11. A gentle pootle up to Brum central, a just vacated mooring on the Oozells Loop that I snuck into without demur, a bit of shopping, … Continue reading

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On we go

(With apologies to Dinah Washington) What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours…but the difference wasn’t you…or Andy..or Rosie and Buzz, which leaves me I guess. Definitely a brighter demeanour after a good night’s sleep and return of perspective … Continue reading

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Should have stuck to the GU

What can I say about yesterday? It started so brightly but ended as a bit of an angst fest…for ridiculous reasons really as it’s not exactly as if we’re on the high seas here, no mild peril involved. It’s just … Continue reading

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Oil take the high road

So we are finally underway on what feels like our first journey of real purpose on Enceladus. Up to now, it’s been all little out and back bimbles which, while always very pleasant, lack the intent and interest of an … Continue reading

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Perfect

Yesterday served as the perfect reminder – as if I needed one – of why we do this boating lark. We’d come up to Enceladus the night before so were able to make an early start, and after trotting the … Continue reading

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The Valiant Years – Part 1

Now if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that Enceladus has had multiple names and iterations across her eight decades or so. When entering the BW hire fleet at the beginning of the 60s, she was Water Valiant. When entering … Continue reading

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Not to be sniffed at

There’ll be plenty of Brum action in the early part of the season so I’ll have my Waterways Routes maps handy on my iPad (Paul does a wonderful job with these IMHO). Not so much for checking where we’re going … Continue reading

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Here, there and everywhere

When we got into boat ownership back at the start of the millennium, one of the first things we were told was to find a mooring as a priority – and then hold on to it like your life depended … Continue reading

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Pirates ahoy!

Friends will attest to my occasional piratical tendencies, to wit the inviting of self on board other people‚Äôs boats, shoving them off the tiller and occasionally even sending them off for an alternative weekend while I abscond with their property. … Continue reading

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Thanks for the memory

I was having a ponder the other day as to when narrowboating transitioned from ‘family holiday pastime’ to ‘serious religion’ status. I think it coincided with the time my brother decided he wanted to bugger off with his mates and … Continue reading

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