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Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
The lake was excavated in the late 1980`s each side of the River Ouzel to store excess rainwater and prevent flooding downstream of Milton Keynes. Many of the lakes in M. Keynes were constructed for the same reason.
This is a really nice place to walk around and has purpose made paths and a nice area of swings etc for the little ones. It takes about 90 mins to walk all round or 50 mins by using a bridge part way round the lake. From the canal you can access it at bridge 92 near the village of Simpson.
Further along the canal around bridge 81 Willen Lake can be found Gulliver`s theme park right next to the canal. This is not your Alton Towers type park and it has in fact many rides for the small people. In fact children under 90cm get in free. I did visit with 2 of my grandchildren a couple of years back and a great time was had by all. WWW.GULLIVERSFUN.CO.UK
Friday, February 16, 2007
Left Berkhampstead and moved up through Cow Roast to Bulbourne and decided to explore the Wendover Arm that is under restoration so we had just about 1 1/2 miles of water to explore. Most of the journey the canal was covered in a thin sheet of ice not thick enough to cause any problems. At the end of navigation we had a cup of tea and decided that as snow was forcast we would not risk being stuck on the arm but would make our way down the 6 lock Marsworth flight and moor next to the reservoirs.
We decided a day in Aylesbury would make a change and enable us to stock up at the Morrisons supermarket, i think Morrisons is the best supermarket of the big 4. Anyway the bus service is hourly except we chose the day it snowed and together with the majority of schools the buses were not running. Don`t remember having days off school for snow when i was a kid and there was a lot more snow then. Well next day after a bit of rain everything was back to normal on the roads so Aylesbury was back on. Visited some friends who are moored in Aylesbury for the winter and they managed to drag us into the pub, well gotta be sociable so we went.
From Marsworth we made our way upto Leighton Buzzard making night stops at Horton Lock and Grove Lock. Into L. Buzz and moor up outside Tesco for a few essentials and move on about a mile to the Globe pub, a very quiet mooring away from L. Buzzard which can be noisy.
From here we decided to move on to Soulbury 3 Locks another quiet mooring in fact so quiet the one and only pub decided it would shut at 9.15!!! no we weren`t asked to leave because we hadn`t even got in.
So next port of call is Fenny Stratford where i am writing this.
So just a nice slow cruise slowly heading to Wales. No rush, no hassle, no work, just freedom.
Have noticed the Daffodils are out along the way and today saw a very large Bee flying about like it was mid summer and a Butterfly. Makes you think if the climate is changing so much, and i have noticed a change over the last few years, what will it be like for future generations.
Still the Government will make sure all is well............. they will won`t they?
Friday, February 09, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
At Winkwell just on the edge of Hemel these 2 work boats came past and i filled my diesel tank and purchased 3 bags of coal. The coal will probably be the last for this winter as i burn a lot of logs and only use coal to keep the fire going overnight.
This pair, a motor & butty, the butty is un-powered and towed behind the motorised boat, are operated by Peter and his usual winter route is Leighton Buzzard down as far as Black Jacks lock. His number is 07984 900613 case any boaters out there need it. Diesel 49p.
The sad thing about stopping at Winkwell was i had my first experience of the yob culture in my water world. Some nice Bas.... person run a key down one side of the boat and deep enough not to be removed with polish or T Cut. But it won`t put me off, the good times through the last year more than compensate for this one act.
This is what is known locally as the "Magic Roundabout"or " Mickymouse Roundabout". It`s located near the town centre of Hemel Hempstead and consists of 6 mini-roundabouts around one large circle of grass. So as you drive into this maze you can turn either left or right un-like a normal roundabout that you navigate in a clockwise direction. Having lived not to far from here i have over the years used it many times and as long as you keep your wits about you it isn`t to bad.