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).

Friday, 12 May 2017

Great Bedwyn, Kennet and Avon Canal


Is this the winding hole????

Today I saw the first yellow flag, such a beautiful flower, but only lasts about a week and they are all finished.

It was up to the short summit and then down to Crofton.  We decided to go on to Great Bedwyn. We had rain and hail, but mostly it was dry.

This floating "thing" was moored on the lock landing at the bottom of the Crofton Locks.  It had come from the cottage in the middle of the next pound.  Presume they use it for shopping and have a car parked by Crofton somewhere.  Anyway, it was right in the middle of the lock landing and there was no room to get on or off the boat without difficulty.

Unfortunately when we got to Great Bedwyn there was no room on the visitor moorings and the pound was full of boats, so we had to tac onto the end of the next lock landing, using the bollard on the end and a spike at the back.






A simple Harry Potter card, can't remember where I found the picture, but I die cut it into an oval and matted it onto white card and then blue card which I cut with deckle edged scissors then stuck it onto a white card blank.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wootton Rivers, Kennet and Avon Canal

Left at 0545 and arrived at Wootton Rivers at
0845.  Just as we arrived at the lock before the moorings the grass cutters arrived. 

We moored up and when they got near loosened the boat so that we did not get covered in grass cuttings.  They were very good and used a blower to get rid of any stray bits of grass.  When they had finished we tied up again.

Unfortunately, about an hour later they came back and the man with the big lawnmower flew past and blew up all the cut blades along the side of the boat.  Can't win!




Occasionally a card making magazine gives out free cards to make.  I made this one using one of these.  It is a heart shaped easel card.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

All Canings, Kennet and Avon Canal

 Really, really early David took the boat across to the water point to fill up the water tank and to empty the toilet tank (in that order), then backed the boat onto the moorings.  I took a bus into Bath for a bit more shopping - I've not been shopping for ages!  Honest!

I got back  at 3pm and we set off as the weather was so lovely and had a treat - an afternoon cruise.

PPS:  The two boats were still on the 24 hr moorings when we left!

There are a lot of continuous cruises on this stretch as there are 14 miles with no locks.  The canal was not built for mooring boats (they used little fat boats to travel to wharf to wharf and did not live on the boats like the narrowboaters did) the edges are all shallow, so most of them are moored like the one above and you definitely need a plank to get on and off the boat.  If it is a wide-beam boat then you end up taking up half the canal.

We got to All Cannings at 5.30 (missing the Long Barrow yet again) and found the last free mooring.
I am at home here.  My father's family came from Bishops Cannings and I was brought up to the south, across the next row of hills.

This card and bottle tag was made for a boating neighbour, he was 88, the skateboard was appropriate (he was called Ponytail Pete as he had a ponytail.  Unfortunately he died earlier this year.

The skateboarders are stickers, stuck onto card and cut out to use as toppers fixed with sticky fixers.

I used grungy background paper, matted onto silver card for the blue card and used peel-offs for the sentiment and name

The bottle tag used white card and I added a white panel with peel-off sentiments again onto patterned paper.

I think he liked the whisky, well he never offered any to us!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Devizes, Kennet and Avon Canal

 A rest day, that means the Launderette.  This time I got a service wash so didn't have to spend the morning there.


We popped into town and bought some new hose and 2 funnels (you couldn't get just one) in the new Wilkos (used to be a supermarket) and I finally found a stuffed parrot for our pirate mad grandson in a charity shop.

This lovely little steam powered boat tooted past, out for a cruise and back. 

PS:  The two boats on the 24 hour moorings opposite are still there!



A white card blank and strips of mauve card stuck onto a white card blank.

The "40" was die cut in glitter paper and added and the sentiment was printed onto the card blank before the rest was added.  (It is important to do that first as it mucks up the printer if you do it the other way - you don't need to ask why I know that!)

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