Thursday, 26 May 2016

Bag lady

Look who's just ROCKING her new bag!!!!!!


Objects of desire





Is this a complete waste of a Landy??.....discuss

Classic Bristol pilot cutter. In their day were used to ferry the pilots out to the big cargo ships waiting to get into port, the first one out there got the best price; hence why they went like s--t off a shovel!

Canal side fauna



Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Bristol pictures

Great band, watched them for half an hour
Could we build something like this today?

River avon

The plastic bag trees were in bloom๐Ÿ™
Is it a plastic bag or a Heron?... It's both!!

The river Avon is on the whole beautiful and mostly untouched by development but unfortunately the  trees lining the banks have been "adorned" with flotsam and jetsom from the winter floods, some rubbish is nearly ten feet above the water, which gives a good indication of how high the waters rose!

This is what we do....part3

The salon is now open
Ta-daa!!

This is what we do.... Part 2


Sunday, 22 May 2016

Briswool

Memorable trip to Bristol

Dropping my windlass in the lock coming out of bath should have been an omen of things to come although we did retrieve it with our magnet along with a spare.All was going well with myself driving the boat. Coming up to a lock,I steered the boat under some overhanging trees only to find it was thick branches and not wispy twigs, off came the chimney, the bbq got swept along the roof losing some of it in the river and the grand finale was my bike literally got scooped up by a branch and tossed into the river sinking without a trace, unfortunately this all happened just outside Saltford marina and attracted quite a bit of attention. Not a good day.
Great mooring in Bristol, met up with Marks son and girlfriend and had a very boozy  night out.Next day visited the M Shed,a museum with a difference, they were exhibiting a brilliant knitted version of Bristol called Briswool well worth a look and would def go back,had a wander round the city visited the Markets and tried the street food.Left Sat lunchtime, down to Hanham lock where we met up with my sister in law Sue and her husband John,lovely meal in the pub and they left today. We will stay here tonight then back to beautiful bath tomorrow ...x Louise

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Our gin distillery purchases

Visit to a gin distillery

Having been given a gin distillery tour for Christmas by my eldest daughter and fiancรฉ, We booked up, took a train and bus to Thornbury, just outside Bristol, it was really interesting with lots of tastings, and having promised ourselves we wouldn't buy anything we purchased 2 beautiful balloon gin glasses, a bottle of Slider ( mix of gin and cider ) and a bottle of their artisan 6 o'clock gin.
I managed to get Mark to colour my hair, not once did he ask me if I was going on holiday or give me a selection of magazines to read, and he likened the brushing on of the dye to greasing up an old piece of machinery, they've never said that at my salon !
We've come back to beautiful Bradford on Avon today the weather is fabulous but the canal was really busy loads of hire boats out and we were were lucky enough to get a great mooring where we are now, nice curry for tea and a few beers heading to Bristol tomorrow.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Alternator finally arrived

Another beautiful day in Bath, went into town  to get a new seat for my bike and Mark an inner tube for his, had the obligatory coffee and sat in the sun and people watched ( such a great past time). Mark came back to the boat to fit the alternator ( I did offer ) and I went to Debenhams just to browse of course. Had our evening meal( cooked by Mark)  Al fresco with a couple of beers, just having the one g&t before bed, life is good ๐Ÿ˜Š.
Just read this back to myself and it seems Mark has done everything today and I've just done girlie shopping, which is in fact true, Sorry Mark ๐Ÿ˜˜

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Beautiful view of gardens by Sydney Wharf Bridge 

Lovely Bath

We are holed up in Bath waiting a part for the boat ( could think of worst places ). The weather has been dreadful with constant rain, although it has been very warm and it has not stopped us getting out and about exploring this beautiful city. One of our outings was a trip to the launderette, first time in many years,  and as the photo shows some Japanese tourists stood and stared in at us through the window could think of better attractions in Bath and I would be looking for a refund from the tour company if I was them. Hope the engine part doesn't turn up yet I love it here ๐Ÿ˜Š

Unbelievable!....pt1

Breaking news at the laundrette!
How bad can Japan be when they are queuing up to see Mark washing pants????

This is what we do.... Part 1

When it's raining

Sunday, 8 May 2016

 Proud mum and her 12 ducklings
 Marks home made scones with jam and clotted cream .... Delicious

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Avon Gorge

 Canal side cafe in Bradford on Avon
 From the bridge





Bradford on Avon

Well I can honestly say this is a one of the most beautiful towns I have been to. I admit the glorious weather helped along with the very friendly boaters met a nice group from Canada and a couple doing exactly what we are doing but are a year ahead of us. The town is so pretty it seemed to be made up of tea shops, pubs and charity shops .. Right up our street. We stayed 2 days and we moored up last night near Freshford. This stretch of the K&A is just stunning and I drove the boat over my first aqueduct( with no dramas ). We fired up the BBQ last night, good food a few beers, not much more we need really ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Boat of the day ... Nice bit of aluminium fabrication ! 

The  money shot 
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Monday, 2 May 2016

I love herons, they're so patient and always look grumpy 

                 

one of the river trolls on the Caen hill flight

The daunting Caen hill flight, I imagine the scene of many a domestic.
A couple of nesting swans right by the lock boaters and dogs beware ! 

Caen hill flight !

Well having left Pewsey we have chugged down the K&A to Devizes, an overnight stop on the outskirts then the challenge, 28 locks in succession was hard going we had the odd help here and there and a lot of gongoozlers (bystanders) It took us about about 4 hours to do all the locks and we moored up last night at the bottom of the flight, and promptly fell asleep watching a video, sorry no pics have got a problem uploading hopefully sort that soon ... Louise