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Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Change in Plans: Slowing Down to Savour the Moments

"Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are anger and courage. Anger that things are the way they are. Courage to make them the way they ought to be.” ~ St. Augustine of Hippo

We made it up the Braunston Flight and down the Buckby lock Flight with help from our friend and fellow boater Arthur Pritchett (NB Dabchick) and his daughter Helen.  Many thansk for blessing us with your company and help! We overnighted at Weedon and continued on to the Stoke Bruerne Flight Friday afternoon. We made it down the Stoke Bruerne lock flight with the help of a CRT Volunteer Lock Keeper named Jane. Thanks Jane! We were both knackered so we decided to moor up on the last of the rings before the place where the water is pumped up to the canal by the River Tove. It is lovely and quiet here.

We have decided to slow down a bit now that we are past the three lock flights. It is unlikely we will ever be up here again together so we are going to take time now to stop and moor up at several places we love. We can cruise down to Campbell Park and catch a train down to London for Les' MRI on the 18th and also into Tring station to liaise with his GP. We have enough pain meds now so Les' urgency to go south as quickly as possible has passed and he is doing quite well with very little deep pain at the mo. So for today, life is good.

Our deepest thanks and love to everyone who has responded with offers of assistance and words of love. Les says he will be along at sometime or another to do more blogs although we have no idea of the content. Time will tell...


Anonymous said...

Cherish the moment and look at what life gave to you as opposed what he may take away, foxy has had enough heartbreak as you know and even though he states he's not afraid to die we all know this is him showing his strength to yourself....he's always been the same but has a heart like us all,we both really feel for you both and neither deserve this heartache which is cruel and painful.

Take care


Marilyn, nb Waka Huia said...

Jaq and Les, Such a sensible idea to use the train instead of boating like one to get to Cow Roast!
A few days of peaceful boating as per your usual style will give you back a sense of yourselves as a couple, rather than two people dealing only with ill-health.
Enjoy it all, and get lots of photos as you do. They will be precious to you both, both long and short term.

Ian and Karen said...

Ohhhh..... dear Les and Jaq, we're so sad and sorry to read this latest news.
Our thoughts and prayers go with you as you face the times ahead.
Together you can remember the fun and laughter you have shared.
Together weep and cry for what you will miss.
Together love and care for each other, cherishing every moment you have. You are both such wonderfully positive and special people who have blessed and touched so many lives on your travels. God bless you both,
Much love,
Ian and Karen

Mrs. Jaqueline Biggs said...

Hi Marilyn,
We make use of the trains a lot. Have done since this part of our story began in earnest. I need a new camera--mine has officially kicked the bucket. Les is holding off on getting one for me because he is convinced I will break down and get a smart-ass phone. Never gonna' happen!! New camera to be purchased soon! :)

I see you and David are back in the country and I want to know Pal--did you bring this horrendous heat and sunshine with you from NZ? Looking for the off button on the sun but have yet to locate it. We are looking forward to seeing you both as and when.
Love Jaq and Les xxx

Mrs. Jaqueline Biggs said...

Ian and Karen,
Thank you so much for your very touching comment. It made my eyes sprinkle. They leak like faucets these days with no off position.

Les and I are so very blessed in each other, and every moment we have had since we found each other. We are also extremely blessed in our true friends who have all rallied to comment and care fo rus in our time of need.

We so appreciate your prayers.
Love Jaq and Les xxx

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs