Thursday, 30 April 2015


This week is dedicated to bimbling...on what might be our favourite section of the River Great Ouse. We decided to do that, rather than push on towards Bedford. So we've been between Barford and St Neots and back.  We know we have to start to head back. Appointments mid May in the Ely/Denver areas....and we don't want to rush!!

Yesterday we had three boats pass by.  Need I say more?

Leaving Offord Lock

Scenes from a favourite spot

Cruising to St Neots

St Neots Lock

And back

Monday, 27 April 2015

We call it VW....Vinnie's Weekend

The boys met on Friday evening. It went well.

 First walk on Saturday...come on LJ.this way!

Prep for his photo shoot....and the result


Don't do it LJ...there  is water down there! likes it!

Is this for real?  VP with a foot in!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Better get ready.... a VP is expected

Car delivered to Wales where it has been safe for the last ... Well almost 5 years.  Back to fantastic weather and cruising on a stretch we love on my favourite river. What could be better?

In St Neots now to catch up on some shopping. We have special visitors due this weekend and a VP. Not a typo!

The weather forecast is not good. Happily, catering arrangements are now in place for all eventualities.

We even had lock buddies in two locks this week.....can't even remember when that last happened!!


 The marvellous River Great Ouse

 Dragon Boat practice St Neots

Friday, 17 April 2015

Non boating blog

Faith in human nature somewhat restored ...the garage repairing the car only charged us for parts! Can you believe it!!

So, Monday lunchtime we were on the road heading for West Sussex to meet Eadie, Alistair's 5 day old granddaughter and see the rest of the family. My friend Marion was putting us up so lots of catching up boxes ticked we will next see them all on the Il de Re in June.

 Climping Beach ....looking very like Bois Plage en Re

LJ and Max enjoying their outing

Moved on to Dorset on Thursday to see Alistair's parents. Friday it's back to QISMA
via Bicester...Al's son, daughter in law and four month old grandson. of us will be of us will be taking the car to it's Welsh home.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

LJ is famous!

The disaster with the car overshadowed everything yesterday. Still feel dreadful. Moving swiftly on. We worked Alustair through the lock at Godmanchester yesterday. Wind not too bad. NB Teal on the 48 hour mooring spotted me and LJ doing the prep and said 'this must be LJ' he is famous!!  His Tweet buddies thrilled for him.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Our worst day since the launch of QISMA?

We started being poised for the new arrival this week. Alistair's daughter Zoe didn't keep us waiting long. Eadie Ava arrived on Thursday lunchtime. I was despatched to get the car ready for our trip to West Sussex to admire her and to see the rest of the family. 

The car has been parked at a farm in Denver. The farmer is such a nice chap and lets a few boaters do that. Sadly, the catalytic converter has been stolen. Not his fault. Sawn off by .......... for the £160 scrap value. Replacement and sorting out the damage they caused is likely to cost £1K. Words don't actually fail me but best not written down. I am sure everyone will be able to guess. 

Car will be going back to it's Welsh home on our return! 

Friday, 3 April 2015

Calm after the Storm

Good to wake up to ... Boating weather! Rain had gone through in the night we jolly well went.

Not too far to the first lock, just past the lovely Brampton Mill. A dog friendly pub of the smart and trendyish category with very friendly staff and good food. Plus it is home to the gin, tonic and elderflower cocktail!  We have been off the booze since last summer.....that is going to be tough when we visit!

Through the lock and onto a particularly lovely section of the river. With QISMA still the only boat on the move. 

Buckden Marina and chalets just before Offord Lock....with the Yorkshire flag on display! 

These chalets she'll from upwards of £130K. Some seriously swish properties overlooking the Marina. 

Through the lock and  we meet the railway. The main Kings Cross to all points North runs parallel to the river. We don't mind. The advantages of mooring along here outweigh the sound of a train and it's hooter.

And here we are on our 'secret' mooring! 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

I love the smell of new mown grass 🎢🎀🎢🎀🎢🎀🎢

Not quite the words of the song...but they fit the tune!! My first fix as I went down past the recreation ground  today.

 My short outing was to stock up,at the excellent butchers. Averting my eyes as I went,past the tea room. The cake we had from there last year was scrummy.

 The view from the sidehatch looking back to the village. Additional mooring on the rec, to the left of the picture.

 And across from this mooring.

They promised us wind and my goodness it delivered. Gusts of over 80mph all Monday night and it really is only now that it is calming down. We've had the common almost to ourselves for dog walking.  Hatches have been well and truly battened down. Thankfully no damage done. Having decided to wait until tomorrow before moving it was good to get a green light on that from the EA who were checking things out today, ready for Easter. 

We hope to move tomorrow, to what we call the secret mooring where, if all goes well, we will spend Easter.