King on the Run

King on the Run

The English Civil War ran for nine seasons, but by the end they were scraping the bottom of the barrel for new plot lines. The main villain (or hero, depending on your point of view) had been executed in the season seven finale, and the English were so sick and tired of fighting each other they were willing to settle down and be puritans if that was the fashionable thing to be. But it was still getting good ratings, so…

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The Island of Doctor De Morgan

The Island of Doctor De Morgan

I hope everyone remembers how to pronounce Wightwick by now because I’m not going to explain again. Today we arrived early enough to go on a tour, and learned that the furry lump on the dining table represents Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s pet wombat. The wombat-obsessed Rossetti was so excited when we has expecting delivery of his new pet that he penned one of his worst poems. Oh how the family affections combat Within this heart, and each hour flings a…

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Return to Botterham Bottom Lock

Return to Botterham Bottom Lock

You have to admit, it’s a great name. I’ve already discussed the commercial possibilities inherent in this name, but I just had to share it with you one more time. Here’s what Botterham Bottom Lock and Botterham Top Lock look like from the bottom. Here’s one of the little walkways that get you from one side of the lock to the other when you are working the gates. The hand rail on one side was a later addition. It may…

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Dodging Showers

Dodging Showers

It was raining this morning, so we watched the radar and waited till it stopped at about eleven before setting out. We lucked out. There were bands of rain on either side of us all day, but it stayed dry on the Staffs and Worcs. The locks are fairly evenly spaced out on this stretch of canal. We did seven of them today, with reasonable gaps in between. We were faced with a decision in the late afternoon, either to…

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The Quest For The Giant Tussock Sedge

The Quest For The Giant Tussock Sedge

Canal and River Trust keeps telling boaters to save water by sharing locks if there is enough room. Apparently some swans got the message. This morning we went back to Stourport Basin, got the transmission fixed (though we still have the annoying screech around 1,200 RPM) and headed north. The lock from the basin to the canal is a tricky one. The ground crew has to cross a busy road to get from the basin to the lock itself, and…

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Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth

Some days the first cow of the day turns out to be a rhino. You may wonder why we haven’t been posting recently. Remember when I wrote …in fact the Stratford Tourist Board will do almost anything to stop this information from coming to light. If I am pecked to death by swans in the next few days you know who to blame. Well, it wasn’t that. But nobody bothered to ask! You people just don’t understand the threat of…

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Back to Stourport

Back to Stourport

The aim today was to get back up to Stourport before rain forecast for lunchtime turned up. We did not quite make it, so the last hour or so we had rain and drizzle. Getting off the Severn and into Stourport basin is tricky. There is a right angled turn from the lock landing into a staircase lock, followed by a short pound with an awkward turn into another staircase lock. As we were coming up through the lower staircase…

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Oodles of Gloppy Pottery

Oodles of Gloppy Pottery

We made it back up the Severn as far as Worcester before the rain started today, so we moored up in a swan sanctuary. Yep, that’s right, Worcester seems to be a sanctuary city for the fascists of the waterways. What’s next, political asylum for Canada geese? We saw someone feeding the swans an entire sack of swan kibble. No wonder the river here is infested with them. Don’t the recognize the dangers of swan attack? There’s a reason nobody…

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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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