Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Artistic Talent

This was my birthday present from Maddy’s mum, painted by herself, much appreciated by me:
  
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Being able to paint is a creative gift that runs in Maddy’s family, and the colours they use are stunning. We were given this one in April 2009, painted by her great grandma…
 
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Needless to say both of these adorn the walls in the saloon…
 
More paintings in Maddy’s mum’s studio, awesome, and the camera hasn’t done them any justice at all…
 
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How’s that for an antique dresser? Try getting that on your boat…!
 
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And, another birthday present, a framed photo of Ryan. According to Liam, he’s driving his Ferrari…
 
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Germany’s got talent…!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

I can now speak at least six words in German

We had a fantastic time over there, can’t describe how much. It was the first time we’ve seen our grandson for real… And our first time staying in an Army house being surrounded by British soldiers…
Baby Ryan took the starring role…
 
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Featuring our son Liam…
 
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Also featuring mum Maddy…
 
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And then there’s the “extras,” one called Dave and one called Me, with “Super Ryan” in the middle…
 
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My 50th Birthday, 10 minutes past midnight on the day itself, still sat outside in warm warm weather…
 
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Hug from son…
 
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Hug from daughter in law…
 
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Good morning, good morning…!
 
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Sometimes pictures speak more than words can tell…

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Fying High

Well, after passing Tilly on to “Uncle Billy” yesterday, we finally had chance to start packing our suitcases. Had to wait till she’d gone, we didn’t want her to feel like we were leaving her! Aww, big softy’s…
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So Dear Reader,
Later on today, we’re jetting away
Germany is the destination, and I’m sat here using my imagination
To remember what it’s like to give our son the soldier and his family lots of hugs and love…
We’re going to stay with them, and we’ve only only ever seen their little baby on Skype or photos, it’s going to be very emotional.

I’ve told Liam he’ll have to wear his Kevlar vest so I don’t squash him…! Can’t wait to get there…
We’ll be gone for 10 days, it’ll be our wedding anniversary and my 50th birthday while we’re there, so there’ll be lots of partying…! And I still haven’t finished packing my suitcase, so I must get a move on…

Umm, “Auf Weidersein” as they say…

Blog closed temporarily, will catch up when I get back, Tatty Bye…

Smile

Monday, 15 August 2011

It´s not the quantity, it´s the quality that counts

This is my new porcelain figurine…
 
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And this is what happens to it if one of us goes outside…
 
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Clever eh…?
The little muppet has learned how to jump off a chair, onto one of the gas lockers, then up onto the wooden shelving that’s either side of the hatch door. Far too high up for her we thought, so woof to that idea. Hatch has had to stay closed all day so she can tootle across from side to side, good job it’s got doors under it…
 
This is the scene at the moment: Sat on her cushion next to Uncle Dave, in the sun while he’s fishing…
 
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Note the sophisticated setup with the extendable lead, put the handle through one leg of the chair, and she can ferret about up and down the jetty too…
 
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Yep she really has taken charge here, and we’re supposed to be getting ready to go to Germany on Wednesday! I’ve always found that packing things on a last minute basis is the way to go, (excuse puny pun), for me anyway.
 
And on a final note, this is what happens to my new porcelain figurine when it’s knackered…
 
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Sunday, 14 August 2011

I think Tilly Mint Drop is now in charge of my blog

Thing is, since yesterday Aunty Heth and Uncle Dave have gained an extra crew member. A certain little person puppy is staying here while daddy’s gone away, and she’s settled nicely aboard TT. At the grand old age of (almost) 4 months old, I think she’s cleverer than we are…
 
So is that Tilly aboard Takey Tezey or T onboard TT…? Either way, apologies for all the photos, but I just can’t help myself…
 
Going to bed last night…
 
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Puppy in a blanket... 
 
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I realise these photos look like I’ve copied and pasted her head onto the blanket from a different one. But really, no air brushing or whatever they call it needed - that’s how she likes it, warm boat or not.
 
Things to remember:
  • She won’t go out for a wee (or anything else for that matter) if it’s raining, luckily she won’t go wee wee in the boat either
  • She prefers human food to dog food – which is probably a universal thing
  • She likes to creep into the bedroom when no-one’s looking
  • She sometimes tries to sit on my laptop
  • Generally she’s very well behaved indeed and likes sitting on her cushion in the sun, or even out of it at the moment because it’s roasting hot out back here. (Only need a bit of sun and the lux con turns into a furnace) sides rolled up or not 
  • She doesn’t like the sound of a motorbike in the distance
  • Not keen on ducks
  • Likes chewing sticks 
Meanwhile the boat looks like a bomb’s hit it with all her toys, bed, cushion, bowls etc scattered amidst the saloon and kitchen, but we don’t care because she’s sooo worth it…
 
On a different note it’s only three days till we go to Germany, seems like ages ago when we booked it. Can´t wait to get there...
 
Meanwhile we’re just chillin out this aft, as is Tilly…
 
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Till(y) next time she has to take one of us for a walk…

Saturday, 13 August 2011

The wedding car

We noticed this wedding car on the car park yesterday, fancy eh? So I went as close as was right and proper to take this photo. As you can see the happy couple were making their way round to the towpath “The towpath? In a wedding dress?” Yep…
 
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So they can have wedding photos taken atop the bridge to the left of us in a beautiful setting, happens regularly in summer, erm, what summer…?
 
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And that’s after getting married at the village church behind our mooring…
 
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What a shame, they must’ve thought they were guaranteed sun in August, but the weather was horrid…

Friday, 12 August 2011

How to stack one boat on top of another

A boat was placed afloat this morning, not a big deal we’ve seen a few, but this looked a bit precarious:
 
At first we thought the guy in the crane was determined to make a boat sandwich. Note the mooring where the grey boat is underneath, well that’s where the new boat was going on / in after a 90 degree swivel…
A bit dodgy perhaps…
 
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Then somebody remembered to pull the grey boat out of the way…
 
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Well it was different I suppose... 

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Something to make you smile

Two big softy’s? Aunty and Uncle babysit Tilly mint drop…
 
Dave and Tilly making tea…
 
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Mmmm, cheeeeese…

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More cheeeeese pleeze…?
 
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Investigating the freezer, without getting too close with that little nose…
 
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I’m still here Uncle Dave…

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Being patient…
 
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Snuggle up with Aunty Heather and I might be able to eat off her plate when tea’s ready…

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But we’ve not to spoil her, (difficult) so she patiently sat on the rug and waited for us to finish eating. Then Mark the Spark (dad) came back so she missed out on the little pile of mini pizza I was saving for her… Dog food just isn’t the same…

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

All things bright and beautiful

Beautiful bulrushes…
 
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There’s been a fair few different species of wildlife stopped by for a visit on the roof of this boat from time to time. But this is a first…
 
Spot the Red Admiral, numbers are in decline, even out here in the sticks it’s rare to see one. Wish I could’ve got a better angle, didn’t dare go outside…
 
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White mummy duck with seven brown babes…
 
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I’m rubbish at remembering plant names so I’ve no idea what this is. They’re not red berries on there, they’re pretty red flowers…

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Looks beautiful, but the reeds on the left of the photo below shouldn’t be there. They’ve been encroaching for a while on this stretch of the canal. It leaves just enough room for one boat to go through now, whatever width, but there used to be enough room for two widebeams to pass each other here…  
 
The invisible sign says: “WE HAVE NO FUNDS TO DREDGE THIS, PASSING ANOTHER BOAT IS IMPOSSIBLE. OH, AND YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO SEE ONE COMING ROUND THAT BEND EITHER.”
 
Yours sincerely BW...
 
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Geese on the move, but without any co-ordination yet…
 
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More mirror images…
 
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Grand designs in an “S” shaped field, the farmers are very creative round here tha’ knows…
 
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And this one has made his scarecrow redundant in favour of what look like shredded flags dotted about the place, hmm very inventive…
 
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Silver birch glowing almost luminous in the fading sun…
 
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Picture postcard run off by a lock…
 
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And finally, not quite so pretty, this shiny boat gets a bow shiner in one of the locks, while Dave was up top helping me with the gates…
 
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OOOPS…