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IWA rolls out waterway webinar programme THE Inland Waterways Association is rolling out a regular programme of speakers for supporters. It will cover topic areas including campaign successes, waterways heritage, the canal adoption schemes and more.

Was That A…. !? 2nd April As we sat in bed with our cuppas this morning, the curtains of our large picture window drawn open above our toes, a large furry shape dashed past. 'Was that…. was that a horse?' We tried peering out of the window at an acute angle, nothing could be seen.

The relief was immense if not somewhat emotional The bonus is, the boats either side of us are e… Spain 2020 - A sad farewell, a pretty awful journey and another "burglary"! - Monday 16th March* We spent the morning doing the final packing and then Richard had to pack the car.

Out for a walk… it's definitely spring… Regular readers will probably know that our usual 'daily' walk is over Hambleden weir footpath, but not now with social distancing in place. The weir bridge is barely wide enough for two people to walk very close to each other let alone 6' apart, even on the bends there's not 2 metres of space to pass someone so that's a no no!

Lap Wing. 1st April She would like me to thank you all for suggestions on the mystery birdie. Jennie came in first, followed by Anne, then Sue. The sausage roll really goes to Jennie's son, but apparently if we keep quiet about it we'll be able to eat it ourselves, so Shhh!

Work on Skipton Canal towpath project suspended WORK on the £2 million Craven towpath improvement project between Gargrave and Kildwick has been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Frost, a good sign for sunshine The weather has all of a sudden turned a lot colder and we were grateful for the wood we had on board and the coal bags we obtained off the coal boat. Here you can see the line of frost melting towards us as the solar panels were waiting for sunshine.

Two days back to Ellesmere The travels of NB SEYELLA on the canals and rivers of England and Wales We've headed back to Ellesmere now, probably the best place to hang about for a bit with boat services and shopping opportunities local to the canal.A brave show of daffodils just around the corner from The Poachers.

A sad goodbye Today we said our family goodbyes to Christine, Rachels mum. She died on the 16th March with Rachel and myself with her in her own home in no pain and surrounded with love. That love had kept her safe and well for quite a few years as her health declined.

No 15. Going Nowhere So, all our plans are now on hold. We have taken the house off the market as we are all on lockdown. Nobody can view it and so no chance at all of a sale. Annoyingly though we did have a second viewing the day before we were all confined to home, but totally understand that now is not the time to be making big financial commitments.

Brand spanking new DUCKLINGS in their very first moments ever on water Right opposite my boat there has, of late, been a pair of ducks nesting in the offside weeds. This morning I spotted this fella, and thought that I'd seen the end of the duck story. Ma Duck, Pa Duck, and her Lover were nowhere in evidence. Heron eat anything that they can lay their beaks on.

Boaters Covid Support. 31st March A couple of weeks ago Kate Saffin and a few other people started a facebook group with the aim of connecting small local boating groups on the network in relation to Covid-19, circulating information and supporting where help was needed.

Tricky Times Ahead So we are in lockdown now and most of you are wondering how do you cope staying at home, not being able to go out… welcome to our world, we lockdown when we are in the middle of nowhere and our towpath garden is our surroundings. We can honestly say we never get bored on the boat, there is always something to do.

Come In Number 51 87 Your Time Is Up. 30th March Last year we finally managed to put a name to some birdsong. What we now know to have been Chiffchaffs had started to sing around early March time and normally when we were in a certain part of the country, mostly around Crick. This of course was because this tended to be where we were at that time of year.

British Marine: Statement regarding COVID-19 measures BRITISH Marine CEO Lesley Robinson has issued a letter to all British Marine members detailing the support that British Marine will be providing during the Covid-19 crisis. She refers to the request for urgent support for waterway businesses which has already been actioned.

Culvert repairs completed CONTRACTORS for the Canal and River Trust completed replacing a timber culvert under the Leeds and Liverpool Canal just as the network went into virtual lockdown. The length of canal between Ring o Bells and Glovers Bridge near Burscough in West Lancashire had been closed from January 6.

Phew! 29th March Today we've been watching Flight Radar 24, keeping an eye on Jac returning from Australia. Because her light left Melbourne late there was only 45 minutes for her connection in Doha. Here her flight number had changed so it took us a little while to find her again.

How to Experience Some Great Canal Journeys from Your Own Home You may like to revisit Channel 4's television series, Great Canal Journeys. There is a large selection of episodes from the series available to view on demand on All 4, Channel 4's streaming service. In this scenic and heart-warming TV series, actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales take some spectacular canal journeys across Britain and abroad.

Surviving self isolation at Hambleden… It's a weird and scary time for all of us, but we all have to 'get on with it' as best we can. I've interspersed a few nice in an attempt to keep my ramblings light! The sunset photo's were taken on Thursday and the Pied Wagtail pictures the following day.

Geraghty Zoom. 28th March Lockdown Mooring 2 to Nantwich to Hurleston to Lockdown Mooring 2. An Alarm! An Alarm!!! Well we had a LOT to do today. Tilly soon gave up thinking there would be any shore leave this morning when we only had a cuppa before pushing off, breakfast was on hold until we reached Nantwich.

1 week in to 'lock down' - actually it's day 6 beginning come to think of it… just feels longer. WHAT this week HAS shown - certainly to me living on a boat, is that there are a lot of vulnerable, lonely, bewildered and sometimes old people wandering around waiting hours for and catching buses - who DO THIS EVERY DAY… they just blended in to the back ground because of the numbers of people around.

Heads Above Water. 27th March Lockdown Mooring 1 to Lockdown Mooring 2, Cornes Bridge 96. Back on the 16th March just about every theatre in the land closed it's doors to the public, by the 17th all venues were dark, only a ghost light left lit in the middle of many a stage.

Help me solve a mystery I'm quite enjoying life in solitary but I suspect Kath is digging a tunnel. I've been let out twice, once to applaud the NHS from our doorstep and again today to nip in the car to our daughter Claire's house a mile away to pick up bags of food shopping which she had left for me on her doorstep.

A four day shopping trip. We went back to Trevor so I could toddle off up to Tesco's in Cefn Mawr, then came back to Gledrid taking two days each way.Back past the Poacher's moorings at Gledrid on Tuesday. Chirk Railway Viaduct, alongside the aqueduct, has these decorative alcoves built in at either end of the span.

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