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    Default A Sunny Afternoon on Nene Backwaters

    Fotheringhay



    The haunt of headless Scottish queens, a wonderful lament by Fairport Convention/Sandy Denny and the scene of the latest attempt at putting the band back together by Elwood Blues



    Not a cloud in the sky.....apart from this one



    We didn't see another human river user all afternoon



    Not a soul at Elton Boat Club so nobody to mind us nipping down into the backwater



    Which was satisfyingly ditchy in places



    At Elton backwater - which is strangely nowhere near Elton Boat Club which is at Warmington - Hippo does his I'll just have a look routine



    About as believable as his I'll just have one pint - an easy slide down in the end



    Another gorgeous backwater with friendly swans to boot



    Elton lock and mill - our usual tea-break venue



    But you don't get and maintain physiques like ours without constant maintenance - the DVD Patterdale's Pontoon Pilates feat The Happy Hippo will be on Amazon very soon



    A couple of pics that sum up the day - water so clear you can see the plants and the bottom, sunshine on a mirrored surface - perfect





    Top of Nassington/Yarwell backwater - some of you may recall that in February, Hippo & I, exasperated by the tardiness of the EA and riparian owners to clear a dangerous obstruction, took chainsaws to the fallen tree and cleared a safe passage for canoes http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...aw-on-the-Nene



    Despite telling the EA in February that the backwater was clear they still display a closure notice at the portage



    It's easier to push behind the roller guards than portage anyway





    This is one of the channels we cut through the obstruction in February



    Despite the expected summer growth it was pleasing to see that safe passage still existed



    Plenty of interest in this backwater









    Journey's End at Yarwell Country Park - we always ask nicely and they always let us bring the car on-site to retrieve the boats



    As I type, Mrs Patterdale is having her second replacement knee op at Kettering General so this is the last blog for a good few weeks as I grapple with the fiendish intricacies of cookers and hoovers, do battle in the aisles of Lidl & Aldi (I don't mind too much as there's generally some man-gadget to buy) yet fail miserably to achieve the results that she does - best I stick to falling out of canoes and off motorbikes; I'm quite good at that!

    Regards to you all - back soon hopefully, Dick
    A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope - Epictetus

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    Another excellent thread.

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    Please let us know when..... "Patterdale's Pontoon Pilates feat The Happy Hippo" .....is available. Can't wait to get a copy to sort out my beach body.

    Great blog, lovely day, lovely surroundings and great pics again

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    Some fabulous reflection images there mate!

    Glad the backwater is still usable, its a good 'un.

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    I really like the look of that paddle. Sunny with plenty of interesting sights.

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    Nice paddle and blog!

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    You did a grand job, clearing the "shrubery", The "Knights Of Ni" would be proud and its stayed clear. Great blog
    Simms ..

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    Another cracking day on the water. Well done chaps.

    Wish Mrs P a speedy recovery (we need more blogs like this)
    Big Al.

    Only when the last tree has died
    and the last river been poisoned
    and the last fish been caught
    will we realise we cannot eat money.
    ~Cree Indian Proverb

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    I love these reminders of the English countryside. Please keep them coming.

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