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Hey Ho, The Wind And The Rain

Hey Ho, The Wind And The Rain

It was raining this morning, so we delayed starting till almost lunchtime. The rain stopped, and we even got some sun this afternoon, but the wind was blowing hard all day. The second lock, at Nafford, has an awkward dog leg approach with weirs on either side. That’s the one where we saw the half submerged narrowboat on the way up. It’s still there. I made it to a lock landing OK, though not the one I was originally aiming…

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Spuddle and Biddle

Spuddle and Biddle

It was a lovely day today. We spent the morning wandering around Evesham some more, and revisited the Almonry Museum, with its wonderful and random collection. For instance, I am not certain what these shiny things are, because they weren’t labeled. I’m guessing Roman buttons from the other stuff in the case they were in. This was next to them, similarly unlabeled. The spoon I recognize, though it is small. Perhaps a Roman baby spoon? The fact that Roman spoons…

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The Evesham Custom

The Evesham Custom

Today was not one of our navigational highlights. One of the locks had a low bridge over it, and I managed to knock the chimney off, and lose it in the lock. In my defense, I tried to remove it in advance, but it was wedged on tight, and both Paula and I thought it would fit if we just removed the rain cover from the top. Wrong. Oh, well, new chimneys aren’t that expensive. The Avon was running quite…

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Vice Versa

Vice Versa

We had a slow day today, with a run to the supermarket and another outdoor play this afternoon. This was As You Like It done by an amateur group from Cropredy. In true coarse acting style Touchstone stole the show by being louder than the other actors. Still, the sun was shining, the barely audible Rosalind was pretty, and the England won the Women’s Cricket World Cup. All in all a good afternoon. I promised a review of the play…

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More Misericords

More Misericords

The strangest things turn up in church carvings sometimes. Why is this naked woman riding a deer? That looks more like some pagan fertility rite than a christian symbol. But then the same set of misericords also has a mermaid combing her hair… … dragons… … a camel carved by someone who had never seen a camel… … domestic violence… … and this one. Goodness knows what is going on here. Why are that woman’s legs so small that they…

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Shakespeareville

Shakespeareville

Here we are in Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Shakespeare capital of Warwickshire, and supplier of Shakespeare to the World. Just as Lichfield is proud of Dr Johnson and Walsall is proud of Jerome K Jerome, Stratford is ecstatic over being the home of Shakespeare. Do I need to point out that all three of these writers got the hell out of the Midlands as soon as they could and headed for London where people would appreciate them? Shakespeare at least returned…

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Drunken Bidford

Drunken Bidford

The river is getting narrower and there is more current against us. The locks have strangely extravagant follies attached to them, like a lighthouse with no light… … and a bridge with no way to get across it. The Upper Avon Navigation Trust were a strange bunch. A: What does this lock need? How about ground paddles to make using it safer? B: No, let’s put up a lighthouse, so people can find it in the dark. A: But nobody…

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Horny Moses

Horny Moses

I already posted a picture of Paula and the cows at Chadbury Lock on Facebook, but here’s a couple more to start with. Poppy left us this morning at Pershore, and we picked up Nick and Margaret in Evesham. They used to have some whalebones in the park in Evesham, and now they have a statue of a whale and gates shaped like whales. By now you are probably sick and tired of hearing about abbeys, so I’m going to…

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Up The Avon

Up The Avon

Our regular readers (all two dozen of you, and very much appreciated you are) will know that there is more than one River Avon, but this is the Stratford-Upon-Avon one rather than the Kennet and Avon one, or any of the others. This one runs into the Severn at Tewkesbury while the southern one into the Bristol Channel at Avonmouth, because some people have no imagination. The views of the countryside are much better from the Avon than the Severn,…

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Just When You Thought I Was Done With The Wars Of The Roses

Just When You Thought I Was Done With The Wars Of The Roses

Tewkesbury is notable for two things, Tewkesbury Abbey, and the Battle of Tewkesbury, which ended in the abbey when the Lancastrian nobles who had claimed sanctuary there were dragged out and executed. The Battle of Tewkesbury was when Edward IV.2 in the white corner stole the crown back from Henry VI (Part 3) in the red corner, who had stolen it from Edward IV.1. Henry VI (Part 3) was a prisoner in the Tower of London at the time, so…

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