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  1. Another excellent, gentle bimble up the canal in...

    Another excellent, gentle bimble up the canal in perfect conditions. Highlights included Mal's birthday cake (nice one, Maj), countless bats and some shooting stars. A fine way to spend Tuesday...
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    Great photos of a lovely looking paddle, Adrian....

    Great photos of a lovely looking paddle, Adrian. That looked like serious rain. I'm glad that at least two of the otters showed their faces. No rain up here today, but we'll get plastered with it...
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    That looks great. I'm impressed your jigsaw got...

    That looks great. I'm impressed your jigsaw got through it. Mine would have blown up after a couple of inches. For the blade, I just planed and belt-sanded down to a workable thickness of about 5...
  4. It seems that my freezer has offered up a dearth...

    It seems that my freezer has offered up a dearth of stuff to fry, so I shall probably be on petrol station rations after all.
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    Definitely with some atonal, free form...

    Definitely with some atonal, free form Tibetan/Brazilian jazz fusion. You don't even need to tune the guitar first.

    I'm happy to throw a chord chart / TAB together if you pick what you want to...
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    Ah yes. I remember well my first tandem efforts....

    Ah yes. I remember well my first tandem efforts. I'm a right handed only paddler (must sort that out!), but my enthusiastic bow man randomly changed sides every few seconds. Much zigzagging occurred...
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    An excellent trip. Doesn't the bike play havoc...

    An excellent trip. Doesn't the bike play havoc with trim though? That's an interesting and striking effect on the last two photos. The background almost looks frosty - in the middle of August!
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    I'd love to join you, Adrian, but sadly I must...

    I'd love to join you, Adrian, but sadly I must pretend to work (well, sit and play guitar all day, but it is work related!). I hope the otters come out to play again and aren't too camera shy.
  9. I was just about to say, I'll be there, but I see...

    I was just about to say, I'll be there, but I see i already am!

    Might there be a Maj too?

    What are folks' dining plans? I fancied a burnt burger on the banks, but will go with the flow.
  10. An excellent introduction to camp/canoeing for...

    An excellent introduction to camp/canoeing for the lads, plus a vital lesson in the necessity for multiple duplicate meal stops :-) Lovely conditions on the second day too.
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    Hi How are you getting on with the paddle? I'll...

    Hi
    How are you getting on with the paddle? I'll be interested to see the result. American maple is a good paddle timber and the price you paid is pretty much on a par with the UK.

    I made my first...
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    Now, that's got to be the perfect way to end a...

    Now, that's got to be the perfect way to end a working day. Beautiful mirrored waters and an otter encounter....I'm jealous! I hope you can sniff out a good working paddle in Suffolk this week. You...
  13. Thanks to all for a sociable Thursday riverside...

    Thanks to all for a sociable Thursday riverside dinner....and a bit of paddling too! Special mention goes to Fran for reviving the unfortunate chap on the bank. I honestly thought he was a goner at...
  14. I am with saw and Smidge.

    I am with saw and Smidge.
  15. Wow, we briefly had 10+ paddlers, now possibly...

    Wow, we briefly had 10+ paddlers, now possibly sliding back to 9+

    Jim
    Maj
    Mal
    Nick
    Graham
    Colin (possibly can't be ars*d, but you never know)
    Fran
    Gordon
  16. That looks like a very peaceful and relaxed way...

    That looks like a very peaceful and relaxed way to spend a Wednesday. The video footage is great too and with the sound up, it's almost like being there....almost.
  17. A respectable fleet of boats!

    A respectable fleet of boats!
  18. Excellent. The drum roll has begun for Col's...

    Excellent. The drum roll has begun for Col's appearance ;-)
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    That is a stunning boat and a wonderful bit of...

    That is a stunning boat and a wonderful bit of history given a new lease of life. If she's not your ideal paddle, I hope she finds a new home where she will be regularly on the water.
  20. Looks like a great trip and an enjoyable,...

    Looks like a great trip and an enjoyable, humourous blog!
  21. I agree, it's unlikely that we'll do both loops....

    I agree, it's unlikely that we'll do both loops. It sounds like the fence on the Unstead loop is as Peter and I found in my May blog (A Shalford Loop the Loop - 10th May 2019). We had to drag the...
  22. It sounds like you're getting plenty of...

    It sounds like you're getting plenty of adrenaline fuelled action, Peter. You wouldn't get that on a Thursday paddle in Shalford!

    Mal - I hope your advance party inspection was a success. All...
  23. 1st Thursday of the Month paddle - 1st August 2019

    Paddling people

    Maintaining the 1st Thursday paddle tradition in the saaf east, the weather is currently looking fine for the 1st August.

    How about Shalford at 6.15/6.30 (to allow for traffic)...
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    My pleasure, Col. Ha...'Jim's luthier...

    My pleasure, Col. Ha...'Jim's luthier workshop'......or my ridiculously untidy ex-dining room/tool store/studio!

    Add 'the truth' to your 3 chord repertoire and that's country music sorted ;-)

    I...
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    Looks really good, Joe. I really like the colour...

    Looks really good, Joe. I really like the colour scheme and those bling bolts look very smart. I look forward to hearing how she behaves on the water.
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