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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Unofficial countryside – flowers in the sky…


As the sunshine-&-showers summer passes and the stresses of working life and a pervasive general anxiety about the wider political situation increases, I’m finding that I’m once again turning to tending. To watering and seed planting. A bit of gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get fresh strawberries.

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Brilliant Day along the Water Road

Just time to post a single image… We’ve had a fabulous canal-based day, walking from Banbury up the towpath for miles to collect Eileen from her temporary mooring and then return her to Hardwick Wharf. There’ll be more photos of the trip later in the week, for today though, this is our Fin taking a well-earned breather, sitting on the bottom gates of Bourton Lock watching the trains pass by…

Lawford’s Wharf, Camden


Just time for a very hasty post today. I’m taking up the story of the walk we took at half term, along the Regents Canal from St. Pancras up into Camden.

In this graffiti-ed photo Claire, with kids fore and aft, is walking beneath the bridges that carry Royal College Street across the canal. Beneath the arch we’re looking out towards the relatively recent residential development on the old Lawford & Sons Wharf, Camden.

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London Model Engineering Exhibition 2013

By yesterday the kids, having thrown snowballs, made ‘snow angels’, built snowmen, got gloriously soaked to the skins and generally frozen several times were up for something different… so, the boys and I, slithered across London to Alexandra Palace, (no not for the snooker!) to the annual London Model Engineering Exhibition.

I’ve got to admit it turned out to be a delightful way to spend a wintry afternoon and, in Fin’s opinion, it was ‘the best afternoon ever…!’