Boat & Landscape

Another picture post, celebrating the season.

I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts.
The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper sunburned woman, the mother of the year, the taker of seeds.
The northwest wind comes and the yellow is torn full of holes, new beautiful things come in the first spit of snow on the northwest wind, and the old things go, not one lasts.

Autumn Movement, Carl Sandburg 1918

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We were blessed by a couple of those ‘held breath’ Autumnal days, when things pause before the decline into Winter. A chance to sit and stare a while, enjoy the water,  and take the boat out for the shortest of cruises.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Pictures are more articulate than I could hope to be, so this is a picture post.

Autumn half term holidays. The London Escape. The return to the boat. Just 48 hours away. But what quality time!

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The Start of our 2013 Boating Season

A wet Sunday lunchtime perhaps doesn’t show the lock at it’s best…

I like the bustle. I like the (costly) visits to  the chandlers. I like my notebook full of lists and hastily scribbled plans. I really like the whole rigmarole of the build-up to the new Boating Season.

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To mellower days…


You know, on reflection – and now the house has gone quiet – I’m going to put it all down to over-tiredness and over-indulgence. No, not me, it’s the kids… they’ve been having what can only be described as very tricky days, by turns calm and contented and then, for little discernible reason, naughty, manic and/or tearful.

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