Friday, 30 July 2010
A long run today and 20 odd locks. I seem to be living in a constant haze. Up at 5, lots of locks, sleep all afternoon.
Today we passed Sara from Lyons Boatyard on her way down to a music festival and then Mike who used to moor in Sherborne Wharf when we did. We really are getting near to home.
A pretty photo of boats in the early morning on the Bridgewater Canal. I matted it onto silver card.
Then I Cuttlebugged some white card and matted that onto silver card and stuck it down onto a blue card blank over the bottom 2/3 of the card. The photo was then stuck down over it on the top half of the card. A white silk flower with a blue brad centre was then stuck to the bottom right hand corner of the photograph.
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Up and off early and waiting outside Morrisons at Banbury for them to open at 0800. The up through Banbury (there were actually moorings free!).
Then the rain started, so we moored up at the end of the lock landing.
Lots and lots of boats and reports of waiting 3 hours for the lock at Cropredey and chaos in Banbury. Thought this was supposed to be a tranquil life.
Monday, 26 July 2010
River on the right and weir on the left. Safe moorings before the bridge.
Well, they were Australian!
The plan was to stop when we got to NB Acres and the pig farm. But when we got there there were no moorings left. So we backed up and moored on the pilings.
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Thrupp, as usual was very busy. We have not tried to moor up here overnight for several years. The good news is that the bridge is now electrified and it was working. Having been reading Maffy's blog recently it seems to be very hit and miss.
We came across the usual problems today, low pound, tree stuck through lock gate needing to be sawn off, idiot boaters. It was with relief that we moored up in Lower Heyford for the rest of the day.
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Then it was back onto the canal and winding locks and lifting bridges.
Friday, 23 July 2010
One of the vintage beauties cruising down the river. This one is Sabrina.
We began locking at 0700 when the electricity comes on at the locks and, again, almost got through Days Lock before the Lockie took over. They don't like you using the locks by yourselves do they?
The weather was a bit better and eventually the sun came out, but it was a slightly tedious trip up to Abingdon. The moorings were packed and we just managed to squeeze in on to the end of the bank with one ring at the front and one in the middle and the back tied on a spike.
Then at 5 o'clock the Swan Uppers caught us up again and the skiffs went and touched the bridge and the men all stood and drank a toast to The Queen. Then it was all over for another year.
Thursday, 22 July 2010
By this time it was raining, but we were moored up below Goring lock by 1015.
Later, in the afternoon, we were visited by Anne and Bob from Amber Moon and while we were still on the boat the Swan Uppers came past.
This is a tradition that has been going on since the 12th Century. The Swan Uppers consist of the Queen's Swan Keeper (in a red jacket and white had in the far boat) and representatives of the Vintners' Company and Dyer's Company (why?) (in navy) plus assorted rowers and followers-on with liquid refreshments.
They row up river from Sunbury to Abingdon and catch the swans to ring them. Though the swans must have known they were coming because they all scarpered before their arrival.
After all that excitement we went to The Miller of Mansfield for a meal. After a shaky start when we were ignored for a bit; then the barmaid couldn't get the order for drinks right (Bob had to remind her 4 times!); and then there were no tables for 4 so we had to move the furniture around; the food was surprisingly good.
A card that I actually stamped, embossed and painted. I stamped the figure 3 times and coloured it with watercolour paints and then cut it out decoupaged it in three layers. I added crystal glaze to the raindrops and puddle to make them sparkle.
I used scalloped scissors to cut out the base and matted it onto blue and pink card, adding 2 brads to the top corners. The panel was stuck down with double-sided tape. Some pink ribbon was then stuck across the card and bottom of the panel and tied in a knot.
I printed out the sentiment on the computer and matted it onto pink and then blue card and tied some more pink ribbon around one end before sticking that onto the card with double-sided tape.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
An early start today as we wanted to try and get to Reading in one go. There were lots more boats about, all going towards Newbury, maybe going to the water festival there next weekend.
Monday, 19 July 2010
There was work going on in the pound between Widmead and Monkey Marsh locks - you can see where the water went when we came past on our way to Bath.
Thankfully there was lots of water there today.
It was quite an uneventful trip to Woolhampton and we were moored up by noon.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
One of the leaky locks on the K&A.
Left Kintbury at 6.15 and reached Newbury around 9am. We moored up to wait for the shops to open and discovered a Farmers' Market in the market square. Lots of goodies and we spent lots of money there.
Then it was through the lock and on to Bev and Geoffs' Pitstop for a pumpout, diesel and water. They have, kindly, let us moor up here and we have got an electric hook-up for the night, so I got the washing done.
Four cards today. Again the first attempt and "improved" version.
A bought topper, matted onto silver and lilac card and stuck at an angle onto a lilac base card.
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Having stopped for 2 days in Hungerford we got lazy and decided to stop at Kintbury, travelling a whole three miles. Then of course, I said, we had to stay and see the horse drawn barge which was due past on Saturday.
So it turned into two days.
This is Bonnie, enjoying herself enormously. First she walked for one hour downstream, then the boat winded and she walked back to Kintbury. She had an hour for lunch before setting off upstream for another hour's pulling to Hungerford before returning back to her stable.
Mind you, her handler also walked all that way, but he also had to jump up onto the roof of every boat to get the rope over any obstructions, do the locks, polish the tack and feed her.
Walking into the village for a newspaper I found a fab bread and cake shop. Only open on Fridays and Saturdays. On a nearby empty shop there were signs saying that it was going to open as a chocolate shop next week. Darn! Missed that one.
To make up for it we had a rather disappointing meal in the restaurant of the Blue Ball at the top of the village.
This was the original card, the bought topper matted onto blue corrugated card and fixed to a white card blank.
A blue gingham ribbon is stuck along the bottom and three blue buttons fixed over it on the right hand side.
The original card got a bit "old", so I cut the topper and ribbon out using deckle edged scissors and fixed them to a blue card base.
I used the other topper and matted it, again, onto blue corrugated card and white card which I edged with small scalloped edged scissors.
A blue organdie ribbon was wrapped around the card and tied in a knot on the left hand side of the card and a blue button was fixed to the bottom right hand corner.
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Monday, 12 July 2010
We let some water down to float them and they went on their way up the flight while we went down. I have no idea whether they made it to the top.
By the time we reached lock 81 by the pumping station the water was running over the top lock gate. What was going on?
Blue boats on a blue canal under a blue sky with lots of blue card and ribbon.
Sunday, 11 July 2010
We had planned to stop at The Barge at Honeystreet, but the moorings were jammed packed and they all looked like they were staying for the weekend, so we came on here and have had a lovely peaceful day in the depths of rural Wiltshire. Perfect. Of course, there is no internet connection.
It is Caroline and Curtis’s first wedding anniversary today and this is what I made for them. I cut a an aperture from the base card with a Nestabilities labels die and backed it with some pink handmade paper which has been sewn with gold hearts. I then wrapped some white handmade paper with tiny hearts in it with some pink paper raffia string and fixed it into the aperture. The sentiment was made with rub-ons and glittery gold chipboard “1” and matted it onto gold card.
Saturday, 10 July 2010
We were finally given the go-ahead to do the flight this morning and then discovered that the boats in front of us had been allowed through yesterday afternoon!!!
It took us 6 hours to get from Sells Green to the wharf here. Because there were so many boats going in both directions there were lots of holdups while we waited for boats to get ready in locks and then manoeuvre through the pounds.
Still we made it and are now breached up as the wharf is really busy
This is the penultimate lock in the flight proper, the were so many gongoozlers.
We spent a lot of our time in Sells Green watching the wildlife. There were about 6 baby rabbits who were eating all the cherries that had fallen to the ground. They really must have liked them because they became quite brave and only hopped back into the bank at the last minute when anyone went past.
We also bashed the bus passes and visited Salisbury, Swindon, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Melksham, Bath and Bristol, and Devizes of course.
While we were there there was a horse show one weekend. David took this photograph and I made a birthday card for the horse's owner.
I matted the photo onto gold and two shades of brown, card and stuck it to the card with sticky fixers. I added three brown gems on the top right hand corner and brown ribbon, tied in a knot across the bottom of the card.