Having a snooze
These guys are priceless!!
A narrowboats journey through repair, cruising, and other joys of the english waterways.
I was just leaving Thrupp yesterday when this pair rocked up at the lift bridge. It was good to see the crew again. They were having trouble with their rudder – it had jumped out of it’s cup at Roundham. They did pretty well to get around the corner I would have liked to have seen them putting it back in but I had an appointment with northern climates and had to press on. I do like the look of pairs.
Last time I looked they were on the Thames making their way up stream but when I looked again a mere moment later they were coming around the corner, on foot, having arrived in Thrupp, by boat, and they were wielding an arm full of books while I tried to manoeuvre the dogs on their walk. We collided and meandered together until we parted company so I could drop Molly off with Maffi and Del could do a terminator impression of Maffi from the otherside of the canal. Happy Days. Del and Al are back!
When I got home I leant out of the side hatch and spotted the Tuesday Night Club floating by on Earnest. I always picture them in my mind with a boat pole in the midst of a scene that a narrowboat doesn’t seem to fit in… so it was strange seeing them sedately cruising down the Southern Oxford… which isn’t *that* shallow at the moment!
Theatre in the dock
Atmospheric theatre in an historic working dock
Tooley’s boatyard, Banbury
Oct 5th-7th 2012
The fourth Theatre in the Dock presents - 'A Night at Blackstone Hall' by Day Star theatre; a new play from Kate Saffin, 'Memories of Water'; and a film, ‘The Longest Narrow Boat Journey in the World’ including a dramatic sinking with live music - that's live music throughout, not just for the sinking! Tickets are £10/£8 for each show and there are some splendid special offers if you are coming to two or all three.
Muddy Waters will be taking over the dock on Saturday with three story and activity sessions at 11am, 1.30 and 3.30 – including some read by national treasure, actress Prunella Scales. Tickets are only £5 and include a Muddy book to take home and great news! Accompanying adults are free.
On Canal Day on Sunday 7th there will be lots of short pieces of theatre, storytelling and tours of the boat yard during the day. Just drop in and see what’s on the programme, there’ll be plenty of variety – each one long enough to take the weight of your feet but short enough not to miss any of the canalside fun and activity. Canal day events in the dock are FREE (although donations will be welcome to help us put it all on again next year!).
You can find full details of all the shows on our website or Facebook page.
And you can buy tickets online here, at Tooley’s during opening hours or on the door.
See you there!
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This day has been in my calendar for quite some time and it was as perfect as we thought it would be. The morning involved a trip to ‘Animals Inside Out’ exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London. Body Worlds Von Hagens has moved on to the animal kingdom. I was told all the animals were ethically sourced (whatever that means) and I sincerely hope they were. The insight into how beautiful, powerful and wonderful the animal kingdom is and how complicated it is is wonderful. The children found it amazing as they peered up at the ceiling trying to view the Giraffes nose and then into the belly of the elephant. A rabbit of tiny capillaries and the animal world below the skin is magnificent. It isn’t ghoulish; it is beautiful.
Beneath the fluffy cute exterior of every creature is a refined beautiful interior, just like those non-cute creatures. Very similar across species.
The afternoon was a trip to the theatre to see Warhorse. It was utterly, amazingly, outstandingly, wonderfully amazingly brilliant. Utterly. The puppets are incredible and the goose an absolute scream
If you get the chance to go
I was given a marrow.
It was grown by David in his allotment and it is a most splendid creature. I am delighted with the marrow. I have fond memories of stuffed marrow. I was often given a marrow in my youf and it would invariable travel a while with me before I came upon a kitchen and slaughtered it. The marrow has been in the kitchen on the good ship Bones looking forward to being cooked. This morning I realised that if I was going to cook it as planned on Sunday I really needed to fish out a recipe and go and buy some ingredients. I am allergic to tomato and all things tomato including peppers. The recipe situation is not going well.
She’s trying to stuff a marrow,
It’s sitting on the side,
It’s languishing sedately,
Waiting to be dined – upon.
She’s trawling through the internet,
Ploughing through the pages,
Trying to find a recipe,
It’s taking bl**dy ages!
The rhyme stopped because I burst out laughing at it and I didn’t want to have to explain myself to my colleagues.
Rhymes do that sometimes.
A derelict water treatment works on Brandy Island, above Buscot Weir, near Faringdon on the River Thames is to be a marina with 17 new moorings.
The full article is here.