Tuesday, 2 January 2018

 Well, 2nd January and two posts!!  One old one for 20th May and one for today.

The biggest news on the moorings was the re-opening of the old James Brindley pub - now called The Canal House James Brindley and purporting to be the home of said James Brindley.  They spent £2m on the refurb, cladding the outside in wood, re-building the roof and other improvements.



All the moorers were invited to the opening and it was packed to the rooftops.  Lots of lovely nibbles and free drinks all evening. 



And now for the first Valentine card of the year.  Lots of hearts and roses and using a central easel function.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Gas Street Basin, BCN

 This is my New Year's resolution:  I am going to blog more and fill in the blanks from last year. 

It might be difficult because I have been VERY CLEVER!  I uploaded all my "stuff" directly onto a hard drive so that I would not lose everything when the laptop expired.  Unfortunately I dropped the hard drive and frazzled ALL the contents. 

That included the log that I keep which I need to update this blog.  Fortunately I have the pictures and cards on the laptop so that's OK.  Also, I cannot find the notebook which I also use with my notes for the log.  Still, David has bought me a new hard drive which is encased in plastic and is supposed to bounce.  We'll see....

Anyway, what has been happening recently?  Above is a photo shoot for a group of body builders.  It was absolutely freezing.  Just one of the many and varied sights in Gas Street Basin.



The photograph for this card was taken by a fellow moorer, now moved onto dry away, Callum Ives.  I matted the photo onto silver mirri card and then onto a white card blank.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Below Dashwood Lock, Oxford Canal



"Jolly was off at top speed heading to Wolvercote"  Presumably slowing down to tickover past moored boats.

A 6am start but still we had boats in front.  We had a great display of flying from a buzzard.




A nice easy card for a Thank You.  A white square panel with a grey strip on the left hand side and 5 coloured gems on the right hand side.  The sentiment is made from peel-offs.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Below Kiddlington Green Lock, Oxford Canal

The last day on the Thames and it was glorious.  I am always apprehensive on rivers, we seem to have done most of them in flood at some time or another and I don't like the idea of not being able to just stop and tie up (though you can't do that on some parts of our canals either).  But the Thames really is lovely when it's calm.

We managed to get through the arch on the right (it is skew to the river) and saw this lovely floating sort of shed/tent home.

The last lock for us on the river is manual, thankfully there was a lock keeper, though I quite like winding the great big wheels like on a ship.

We had shared several locks with another narrowboat  on the last stretch, when we got to Sheepwash Cut they turned off into the Oxford Canal while we went on the Dukes Cut.

Just as we were going through the last lock to get onto the canal it sailed past.  So that solved one question.  There is not difference in time whichever way you go.




For this card I covered the front of a white card blank with some floral paper, adding a diecut border piece about 2/3 down.  The decoupaged bear was fixed to look like it was lying on the border.

The sentiment was printed using a computer and matted onto pink and white card and several clear gems were added to the bottom right hand side.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Clifton Lock, River Thames



After an afternoon and night of rain, the top of the boat was covered with horse chestnut petal.




An early start as the weather was looking good, and we were on the Thames by 0615.





 Some boating scumbags left this mess on one of the Thames islands.


It was a lovely trip, got to ogle lots of lovely houses and even lovelier boat houses.

Saw a field of strange sheep!
Will he make it?
Yes he will!

Just coming out of Clifton Hampden Lock at 2pm we noticed new 24 hr moorings and dived in.  They were a bit expensive at £8.70 a night, but David was shattered and Abingdon seemed an age away.

We managed to moor up just before the rain started again.




Another simple card (I made lots for a shop in Edinburgh and this is one).  The pocket watch is die cut and the sentiment was done on the computer and matted onto gold card.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Outside the Gaol, Reading, Kennet and Avon Canal

One of the two "turf" locks on the K&A.  A bit daunting when you first come across them, but fairly straightforward.  They must be a real pain for single handers as the bottom locks gates will not stay shut.

We left at 0615, the weather forcast was for rain after lunch.  One one of the river stretches (though they are mostly river stretches now) we saw a deer poking its head up above the bullrushes.  It was quite calm and just watched us watching it as we sailed past.

Fobney Lock was almost sleepy after the rain, just a little spray walking past the bywash to get back on the boat.  An then it was through the Brewery Gut in the rain.  We moored up on the main stretch and I walked around to see if there were any spaces by the Gaol.  Surprise! Surprise!  There was only one boat there (and I am sure it was there when we went through last time).  By now it was pouring with rain.  So David lit the fire, and I went off shopping (of course!)




A simple Sorry! card.  The dog was die cut along with a read heart which I made look like it had in its mouth.

The Sorry! was printed straight onto the white card blank with the computer.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Theale, Kennet and Avon Canal

 Don't they know the towpath is unsuitable for horses?  AND!  Why do horse owners not have to clear up their horses shit like dog owners?

Off at 0545, but we had to wait at Aldermaston for the bridge to open so took on water and then stopped for a last DIY pump out at Tyle Mill.

When we were going into Padworth lock a young swan swam in, I tried to shoe it away, but it insisted.  It was a bit confused as the water went down, looking for a way out.  As I opened the bottom gate it shot out like a bullet.

By 12 o'clock we were moored up in Theale and then had dinner in the Fox and Hounds down the road.


 Thought I had better do a waterways card of the K&A.  A boat leaving Aldermaston Lock.  The photo is matted onto metallic card, white card and blue card.  The back panel was embossed using an embossing folder and blue dotty ribbon wrapped around it.  The whole thing was then stuck to a blue card blank.

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