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Marilyn McDonald
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Penkridge is lovely!
Yesterday I didn't want to moor in a town, but here we are in Penkridge now, and it is beaut. We have been for a walk around, and found double sided tape in one of those neat English hardware shops - sort of like Arkwright's but for hardware not groceries. ...

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The call of comfort food.
Yesterday was determined as a fasting day - it's not a 'no eating' day, but it is a limited calorie (600) day with only two meals - we skip lunch and we don't have any nibbly things at any time. The purpose is to keep our weight down, our hearts healthy, bl...

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A day of contrasts
Relaxed and restful for us (as the breakaway party) with a bit of useful activity: blog post  oil change walk to and from Great Haywood. We had lunch at the Clifford Arms - not a very good experience, but pleasant  patrons. The food was decidedly very avera...

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A day of contrasts


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A good decision
Way back in the mists of time (before the turn of the century, I think), David and I hired a Black Prince boat from Stoke on Trent with Mick and Julia, and we did the Four Counties Ring - in a week. It was a very busy week, but still had time for lunchtime ...

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A mammoth post - getting to today: The Birmingham experience, a rush trip to Rugeley and the BSSC
Have you made a cuppa/poured a beer or got the wine bottle close by? If not then do so before you start to read. Perhaps even go for a pee as well ... When you leave the Tardebigge flight, it is a lock-free pound all the way into Birmingham - it's quite a d...

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Mid summer Kiwi Christmas
I had threatened the Famous Five with Mid Summer Kiwi Xmas some time ago and we had decided we would do it when the grandsons were on board. After all, Xmas is usually focused around kids, n'est-ce pas? However Karol had gone back with Tim, so that left Ole...

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A quick post - out of sequence
Chronology is out the window this morning as I need to post this quite quickly. Yesterday we did a marathon cruise from the bottom of Curdworth Locks (lovely peaceful mooring) all the way to Fradley Junction. It was marathon because we started out just afte...

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On to Hanbury Junction and the team re-groups, expands and travels to Tardebigge
Olek is a champion steerer and got us safely and skilfully from Tibberton to just before the tunnel before Hanbury. He's trying not to laugh while practising his pouting ... Champion steerer and TiT (teenager in training) It'll be his turn before too long. ...

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Worcester to Tibberton
We put the grandsons to work on the locks between Worcester and Tibberton. They do have to earn their keep after all, and the grandfater, while still very fit and lock-ready, certainly appreciates the help. If Olek isn't bored by boating yet, then next year...
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