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    Default Reeds, Rocks and Wimps on the Welland

    First paddle for a good while since Mrs Patterdale went fully bionic with her second new knee - I had a pass for an afternoon free of surgical stockings, scar cream and crutch picking up - I fancied a ditch - so did Hippo - to the Welland at Gretton we hastened.



    A couple of months ago from same viewpoint



    But you can only paddle the water in front of you so off we toddle towards Wakerley where we've left the shuttle car



    We weren't smiling a few hours later



    The tree known as Big Bertha - other alliterations are available.



    Narrow



    Narrower



    This is gonna be a long day



    Paddling through reeds has got to be outlawed by some sort of Convention - speed about 1 metre per minute - towing is marginally faster


    The exhaustion - why did we go ditching in 27 degs anyway - is beginning to show - not 10% of the way to Wakerley yet



    Anyway, you've got the gist by now, it was hard work - so, here's a couple of pretty open bits - just a shame there weren't a few more





    At Thorpe-by-Water weir, as I was getting out anyway I thought I'd knock out a dozen hanging crunches - well, that's what I thought anyway, the body said stop at one before you need the air ambulance you silly old beggar



    What do weirs do? They hold the water back. We walked!





    Sometimes we thought about walking and had a sit down instead



    It's probably fair to say that the reeds only stopped to give us a clear view of the rocks - most considerate



    Approaching the half way mark at Harringworth - this would normally have taken us 90 minutes at the most - we had just ticked over the 3 hour mark



    Well it looked fairly close - it took another 70 minutes to get there!





    Despite being fairly set in our ways, Hippo and I are not unreasonable fellows; we can, and often do, accept that beer o'clock can vary like Eid or Easter - but when it starts to look like it might be beer tomorrow, like highly trained ninjas, we switch seamlessly into Bear Grylls mode - yep, we phoned Mrs Hippo and wimped out!



    Can't emphasise the dangers of high temperature ditching enough folks - there was concern that I'd shrunk to a size zero at one stage but luckily beer was close to hand which avoided the use of other medical interventions.

    It'll be back to the Nene next week - regards to you all, Dick
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    Thought you'd been quiet.

    Reeds are worse than trees, especially on those occasions when the water is deep. Hard work, but looks like a lovely day, and the beer was well deserved!

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    Just think of the money saved on gym membership.
    Probably better though to try to find some water rather than just paddling across fields
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    Mad adventure, in the present drought it is better to plan somewhere that normally has massive amounts of water (like the ocean !) then there might be a chance there will some water there now. I tend to go mountain bikeing for quick trips out at the moment.

    Love your persistance
    Keep it up.
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    Irresistibly reminded...



    (Bogart and Hepburn in "The African Queen," for the younger generation who may not have encountered it...)
    Not in Oxford any more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryinoxford View Post
    Irresistibly reminded...



    (Bogart and Hepburn in "The African Queen," for the younger generation who may not have encountered it...)

    So which one of our ditchers is Bogart, and which is Hepburn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    So which one of our ditchers is Bogart, and which is Hepburn?
    You can only push an analogy so far...
    Not in Oxford any more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    So which one of our ditchers is Bogart, and which is Hepburn?
    Quote Originally Posted by maryinoxford View Post
    You can only push an analogy so far...
    There were some bad Germans in the film as well...



    Hang on, I didn't know Mal was there too!

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    Thinking about it, perhaps they're both more Boggart then Bogart;

    A boggart is an amortal shape-shifting non-being that takes on the form of the viewer's worst fear.
    http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Boggart



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    I don't get to read many bloggs now with work commitments but its hard to resist Patterdales bloggs………………..always entertaining...…………..but I don't know why you bother bringing canoes with you...……...a good walk spoilt as they say
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    Brilliant thread yet again.....

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    I think I’d have sweated so much it would raise the levels to the point the progress would have been easier

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