Thursday, 20 May 2010

Nice cruising weather, but less drama please

We set off this afternoon about 2pm, the weather looked a bit “ify” which means it was on the verge of going one way or the other. Which also means that because we were setting off on our travels we’d end up with the other...
 
So we gave everyone fair warning of what to expect as soon as we got out of sight and sure enough, even after all that wonderful weather forecast it went grotty, dull, and even cold till we moored up, typical...
 
Anyway here’s Samson and Delilah on their nest at the marina entrance (or exit in our case) with one little cygnet hiding under mum…
 
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No, wait a minute, that’s 3…
 
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Forget any Hallmark congratulations cards here though:
 
Hidden inside this clump of reeds (that must’ve broken away from the bank) were seven little eggs, perfectly formed but totally abandoned…

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You’re not going to believe this, (we couldn’t). It’s that curious canal boat again! Totally out of control as seems to be the norm, but this time looking more “legal” (allegedly), with a number and a licence. "Looking good," this time the front doors were boarded up with a full piece of 4 ply instead of several in a jig-saw effect.
 
We were already moored up when this happened (below) and as the boat finally started moving towards us, Dave was ready to jump on the roof, then grab a pole to fend it off if necessary. Talking of fend(ers) they still only had one.
 
Continuing to master the art of driving a canal boat without success. I wonder if they’ve been out there practicing all this time…
 
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This is Dave (another one) and his boat cruising past – yet another blog reader…!
 
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The beautifully manicured field opposite us with symmetrical design features, fully colour coordinated to contrast nicely with surroundings…
 
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Some wide angle views from where we’re moored, it’s not much further down than where we were last week yet somehow the view seems totally different. This time we’re not up against 6 foot high reeds OR grounded here either, hmm a much better spot in hazy sunshine too…
 
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How’s about that for a bream Steve…? [Said Dave]
 
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Well the sun’s back out of the haze again now, it’s warmed up a bit, and they tell us it’s set to continue to boil for the weekend. So we’re staying put where we’re moored...

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