I am Linda and along with my husband Richard and our dog Muffin we enjoy our summers on the UK's canal system

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Ham Manor Marina (Kennet & Avon Canal)

I’m rather late in announcing the brilliant news that I am now a Granny :-)   Tobyn Oscar was born on September 21st at 6.25am and weighed in at 7lbs 10oz.  The labour was very quick – lucky Laura!  Tobyn is 2 weeks old today and each time I see him he has changed in some little way.





Richard and James got Mary H back to Newbury on September 23rd enjoying some nice Autumn weather.  The inside of Mary H is in chaos as we discovered a water leak at the end of August which Richard thought he had cured.  He thought it was the filtered water pipe which he mended but in fact it was the water pump which continued to leak.  The water has been removed but everywhere is very damp so all the kitchen cupboards have been emptied and the doors taken off and a de-humidifier put in.  Goodness knows what we would have done if we were living on board!

Here are our statistics for this year compared with the last few years.


2016
2015
2014
2013
Miles
585
337
820
553
Locks
366
178
486
494
Swing Bridges
34
20
37
38
Average miles per day
6.35
3.51
6.72
6.07
Average locks per day
3.9
3.35
3.98
5.42
Days
141 days
96 days
159 days
173 days
Days cruising
77 days
53 days
95 days
89 days
Days not cruising
15 days
15 days
26 days
19 days
Days boat left in marina
49 days
28 days
38 days
65 days

We have had a good summer – meeting up with old friends and making new ones.  Muffin doesn’t seem any the worse for wear after his accident on the Stoke Bruerne Locks – in fact I think I am the one who was more traumatised and I can still see his little head disappearing under the water.


We have made plans for next year but who knows what will happen.  I want to be at home more frequently so I can see Tobyn which may mean leaving Richard and Muffin onboard or maybe we will all go home – who knows!

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