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June Cuttings

As we enter summer and leave spring behind us we are greeted by a wonderful scene.
Beautiful wildflowers, new life beginning with ducklings and chicks of varied creeds.
While cruising I have noted an absence or Coots again this year which is rather concerning.
I hope you too are enjoying the wonders of summer.

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Cuttings

The sun is shining after a very cold end to April.
Let us hope for more settled times in May.
I am busy preparing for my first trip of the season.
Looking around the countryside it has suddenly burst into life with the fading of the dark frames of the trees in winter to the fluffy green of spring growth.
The birds are very active and broken shells are evidence of new life.
The spring flowers are brightening the scenery and making us glad to be alive.

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April cuttings

After suffering one of the most unsettled starts to Spring in memory at least the temperature is rising.
All of our boats are now cruising the system and we all hope the snow and rain has replenished the reservoirs.
The national share show is fast approaching and I look forward to meeting old and new friends at the event.

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March Cuttings

What happens when the canal freezes.
Four of our share boats became stuck in the ice this season and all of our owners were fantastic.
All of the boats stayed warm and cosy, although water was one item that was not easy to refill and washing needed to be kept to a minimum.
After 4 days and daily chats no boat needed the owners to be recovered although plans were in place to provide extra gas and water if required.
Now most boats are again on the move all be it slowly and with great care in a few days it will seem a distant memory.

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February Cuttings

Back on my boat again after the winter but only for a few hours to add some new curtains.
It was a glorious spring like day and it really did make you wish you had time to take the boat up the cut.
The boat looked spick and span and ready for her cruising to start.

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January Cuttings

What a windy time we have had in the last 6 months !
Boating is a wonderful distress but wind can cause even the most calm person to become unsettled.
Crabbing along the canal is not the type of recreation anyone would choose.
Mooring up with a lovely warm fire and a good book is the best type of winter cruising on a windy day!

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November Cuttings

What a long autumn with some tree bare of leaves and other hanging on to green leaves.
Please check your smoke and Co 2 alarms now we are lighting stoves and heating.
Do not be tempted to cover your fresh air vents they are their to save your life if the cabin fills with Co2 or gas.
The old trick of a blanket over your legs maybe strange in todays centrally heated boxes but it is a wonderfully cosy way to enjoy the evening.

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October cuttings

The autumn leaves are becoming ever more vibrant and the evenings longer.
We are all needing our stoves and heating on and it is time to check those Co2 and smoke alarms.
Every year there are tales of loss and heartbreak when a functioning alarm could have been a life saver.
Enjoy the wonder of autumn

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Autumn cuttings

At the end of August and the countryside is already starting to show signs of Autumn.
This is a fabulous time to cruise, the evenings can be warm and the sunsets amazing.
The opportunity to forage can increase your larder.
Thoughts of evenings reading in front of a roaring fire which produce that overwhelming feeling of relaxation after the busy summer adventures.

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