That's us, tied up at the back of our house
... yes ... OUR HOUSE!
This is what the old-timers would call:
"Moving onto the bank".
Since we set out from Devizes, at the beginning of May, 2015; we've cruised over two thousand, two hundred miles. We've operated (at least) one thousand, three hundred and thirty locks;. tunnelled under at least twenty five miles of England and Wales; braved the River Thames, under Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Westminster Bridge (past the Houses of Parliament, H.M.S. Belfast, the London Eye and Kew Gardens), Waterloo Bridge, etc., etc.; twenty three in all; and we've even been out to sea - sort of - across The Wash, out of sight of land for three hours!!!
So here we are in Shipley; in the People's Republic of West Yorkshire, having enjoyed the adventure of our lifetime ... and it isn't over yet.
We're in the throes of falling in love with our new home. We've owned it for four years, but this is our first opportunity to live in it. We're beavering away: reorganizing the kitchen, changing the smallest bedroom into a luxurious bathroom, installing walk-in closets, instigating a utility-room, affixing louvre-blinds, putting up shelves, mirrors and cabinets, and lots more. I’ll even have a workshop! Lyn is buying me a shipping-container for an early Christmas present!
We haven’t ended our watery peregrinations; there are still unexplored (by us) waterways to visit. We’ve not yet crossed the Pennines (locally these are categorised as ‘mountains’), nor visited Liverpool, nor Lancaster; so those are on the horizon for 2018. Of course, Moonstone has been promised a spiffy new paint-job. The poor dear is showing quite a few ‘battle scars’; so that must be arranged for early next year. Images of her newly painted livery will probably feature in next year’s first edition of Watery Peregrinations.
If ‘Brexit Britain’ is too unbearable, you might even find yourselves reading: ‘Irish Peregrinations’. There are plenty of lovely waterways; beckoning alluringly; across the Irish Sea. They, at least, will still be in the European Union!
For now; Lyn and I are practicing being landlubbers and - with the availability of a central base and a car - next year has plenty of touring scheduled. Check this out here.
With the Festive Season, discernibly, hull-down-on-the-horizon (I'm writing this on the U.S.'s Thanksgiving Day); Lyn and I wish you all 'Health, Peace, and Happiness'; and invite you to come 'peregrinating' again, next year.
Love to all, Tom.
ps. Did you notice??? Nothing even vaguely political!!! Not like me at all.