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Thursday, July 10, 2014

A little further into the cruise

Not our usual speed of cruising but although for now having some freedom of hospital appointments  we still feel the tug of the hospital umbilical cord. Our journeys must take into account my traveling back, probably by train, to attend appointments. Also when the time comes for the last operation we need to be moored preferably at Cow Roast again. So our cruising is slow over short distances.  Our intention is to go up the Leicester arm but we will see how things progress. Our next adventure will be back down the Aylesbury arm to visit family. This time our journey will not be curtailed by floods.
 A few days along the Wendover arm and down the Marsworth lock flight.

 Building has started on what was formely the concrete piling works and then a CaRT maintenance yard at the Aylebury arm junction.
The metal framework gives the impression of industrial units being built but time will reveal the final type of build these residential units will be.

Above on left the dry canal bed acts as an access to the current work site and the towpath to the right is in good condition.

The benches along the canal have had their commemorative plaques replaced in plastic after the original Brass versions were stolen
 The relining of the Wendover arm canal has made progress. On our last visit it was back around the bend by the tree line in the right hand corner of the picture.
Hopes are this section will be in water at the end of 2014. It is still about a mile to link up with the present navigable section where we moored at Little Tring. That is a lot of lining and still leaves other work including a low bridge but at least progress is visible.
Newsletter link.
The view from the footbridge taking a footpath over the canal bed. Wilstone reservoir can just be seen through the trees on the right.

The footpath takes us along a field of Wheat that has been patterned by the wind and the farmers tractor wheels.         The next field has a gate bearing a notice, that I suspect is now old, warning walkers of pregnant ewes and to keep dogs on leads. Animals, pregnant or not should mean all dogs to be on leads unless they are so well trained they can walk freely. Only two I have ever met that can be under that umbrella. Bet a lot of you know the ones. Virtual hug for the owner.              
Most stayed put as we wandered through their home but those choosing to move did so without panic.

Keep up young Jaq almost back at the Little Tring mooring.

Just a two mile walk but we have in the past taken in the reservoir that adds a lot more.

Technology allows you to trace your route on a map and it gives you the miles. I know it`s old hat tech` but to an old`n like me it`s great.
Did you know they have bread slicing machines in the bakers now? Just follow this blog, new advances are revealed on a regular basis.
Back at the Little Tring basin and the Dragon Fly has to much on it`s mind to worry about us passing by.
Well that was just a few hours out of our busy lives aboard Nb Valerie.


Mike Griffin said...

Pleased you are enjoying the Chilterns (God's own country).

When the time comes for the op and assuming you are at Cowroast I will be pleased to help with lifts.

Away boating for a short time from the 16th August.

Have a good time.

Mike G.

Sue said...



Les Biggs said...

Hi Mike
Many many thanks. It made such a difference all the help Jaq and I had at Cow Roast.

Les Biggs said...

Hi Sue
Might be, might not. LOL
Big hello to Vic
Be safe

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs