Summer Plans and Pots & Pans

My recent prized e-bay acquisition, a 10 pint kettle, a little dinked and scuffed on the outside but in fine fettle inside. Hanging from a chain on a tripod above the fire I reckon it’ll look just the job.

With just two weeks to go until the Summer break my mind’s turning to Summer plans and more specifically the boat.

Before we set off we’re planning to replace the engine control levers (forward/reverse gear lever and throttle) on Eileen as they’ve caused concern for some time. The fiddly ‘thumb’ controls will be replaced with a new fabrication based on a vintage single-lever Morse control. It’ll be more substantial than they current set-up which is nearing the end of its working life, and frankly falling to bits.

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More Boys Own…

I broke up for my Easter holidays at lunchtime today. Claire, off for a couple of days R&R with a friend dropped the Boys at school and we began what’ll be a bit of a Boys Weekend. The Boys are excited about it, and to be honest so am I, with it’s indulgent focus on boats and trains!

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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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Stockton Locks

After leaving Braunston, the second part of my photo-journey last Saturday morning took me across to the Grand Union and Stockton Locks around the Warwickshire Fly yard and Kaye’s Arm at Lock 12. I walked from Lock 12 down to Lock 13 Itchington Bottom Lock. The area is a haven for old boats and fascinating waterside detail – such as this painted pair, a coffee jug and water can, spotted atop a live-aboard on the offside side of the Cut below New Bridge (No.24).

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