Champagne country – La Marne

  4 days mid-May 2016   The T junction at Condé-sur-Marbe looked tempting both ways – so we turned right for a couple of days, then came back and went down the left arm. Turning right had Calliope faced towards Epernay – but we did not get that far.     We were on theContinue reading “Champagne country – La Marne”

Sweet flowing L’Aisne and Canal on to La Marne

Fifteen days in early May, 2016 The first 6 days New waterway; new system. Onto the L’Aisne, a river, not a canal and given our first zapper, so alertly looking out for the sign to tell us to press ‘amont’ – and after a bit we realised that the signs, instead of facing us as weContinue reading “Sweet flowing L’Aisne and Canal on to La Marne”

Getting Industrious on Canal du Nord

The Canal du Nord, and on down L’Oise to Compiègne I’ve been working on my WordPress ability (a little) and now know how to get French accents into the main text – but not the photo captions – so apologies to all French readers) Having joined the Canal du Nord, and its potential challenges weContinue reading “Getting Industrious on Canal du Nord”

Gates, houses and barns of Conde-sur-Marne

The scent of grape harvests past seemed to seep from the stones as I walked the back lanes of Condé-sur-Marne. It stands at the confluence of two canals; the Canal de l’Aisne à la Marne and the Canal lateral à la Marne, within the famed Champagne region of France.   Round almost every bend IContinue reading “Gates, houses and barns of Conde-sur-Marne”

Saying good bye to La Somme – Amiens to Peronne

Written in haste while we had the wee-fee (wi-fi) to upload it all)   I have mentioned that Amiens was a curate’s egg. The good parts were the architecture, the parks;   les Hortinollages and their passerales; (I’ve got another 30 photos of these if anyone is interested . . ) the Cathedral; (absolutely HUGE, twice the sizeContinue reading “Saying good bye to La Somme – Amiens to Peronne”

Saint-Valery sur Somme to Amiens

  (Comments in italics from the silent one) Up early (groan from one member of crew) bearing in mind we had moved forward to French time, to be at the sea lock by 0730 as instructed for the one 30 minute slot of the day to pass through. An éclusier appeared through the morning mistsContinue reading “Saint-Valery sur Somme to Amiens”

There once were some ugly ducklings ….

…. with feathers all stubby and brown But, and sorry to use such a trite word, they are so cute!  They are amazingly fluffy with their baby down, not yet able to shed water as they will do from their future feathers. We have been lucky enough to see them at many stages of growth,Continue reading “There once were some ugly ducklings ….”

Greetings from Goring on Thames

We like it here with views from the bridge (over to Streatley) ….. …. views from the back deck …. …. and a view OF the back deck Hold on, something’s missing …. Ah yes, Captain and crew!             We like it SO much we came back again with Peter and Aileen.Continue reading “Greetings from Goring on Thames”