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.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Thatcham, Kennet and Avon Canal

Payment for help doing the locks.  A ride on a boat through Greenham Lock.
 Diesel from the boatyard at Newbury after a late start because of the rain.

Monkey Marsh lock slowly being de-watered and the mooring at Thatcham.





Here is a card for a dapper man.  An advert for men's shoes, matted onto gold, brown and handmade white card then stuck onto a blank card base.  The sentiment was made on the computer and matted onto brown card and fixed underneath.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Newbury, Kennet and Avon Canal

 One of those days when there are idiots on the
lock landings.

Two fishermen, a day boat having a locking lesson and a canoeist portering.

Apart from that, it was another lovely day and we got to Newbury at noon.  We moored up above the lock on the empty visitor moorings and they remained empty the whole time. 

I was too knackered to go into town, just went to bed for a couple of hours, got up for tea and then went back to bed about 7pm. 

Such a hard life!














A Thirtieth  birthday card (or maybe anniversary).  I die cut a semi circle from a piece of orange card and then wrapped some black and white dotted ribbon around it, tied in a knot then stuck it onto a white card blank. 

Before I added the orange card I printed the sentiment onto the card blank.

The 30 was made with black peel-offs.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Hungerford - Kennet and Avon Canal




 The railway line passing the lock at Little Bedwyn, the wind from the train blows a draft up your kilt as it passes.


 I do not know what the crop in this field is, it was a very pretty blue, I don't think it was flax, but it was too far away to tell.  It was certainly very pretty.



 Yet another early start, but we were on the visitor moorings above the lock by 0930. 

But first we had to get through Hungerford Marsh Lock with the swing bridge over the middle.  Don't quite know how you are supposed to close this bridge when the push handle is above my head.
We had a visit from my brother and lunch in town.  A lovely hot day





A "new job" card.  A stamped and coloured image matted onto blue card.  The sentiments were all done on the computer and each piece was fixed to a white card with dimensional foam (sticky fixers).

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