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    Default Murky Hammock Overnighter on the Welland

    Everything looks a bit brown and grey in this blog - the weather was a bit grim with more water in the sky than in the river - but we fancied a ditching overnighter come hell or low water - so to Ashley on the border of Northamptonshire and Leicestershire we presented ourselves





    At least the reeds are dying back - all we need now is a flood to rip them out (and make disgustingly rotten reed jams downstream)



    Though sometimes what we really needed was some kind of rotary blade affair on the front



    We paddle this stretch alot so it's amusing to see old friends of trees that we often paddle round or through



    We spent 40 minutes sawing our way through this a while back and 5 minutes this time reminiscing over it (that is sad!) - still a bit of a mare to get through though



    In between reeds we had alot of this



    .....with an occasional glimpse of the wider Welland valley



    In high water there's a 2' surf wave and a long train here - today it's a 6" drop



    By now Hippo has picked up yet another bucket for some DIY need back at the Hippo enclosure



    I can cope with reeds that have had the decency to leave a nice gap



    ...one of the occasional nice open bits



    It wouldn't be a Welland trip without a bit of wombelling - we tidy up some of the carelessly fallen branches



    ....and collect cattle-lick buckets by the bucket-load



    Our home for the night - an extra 4m tarp makes a communal cooking and entertainment area - although the entertainment was limited to liver & bacon, Polish lager, a very fine Puglia (which I'm informed by my more learned friend is an Italian red) and watching the rain cascade off the tarp



    On a bend of the river, high up so dry in all seasons, miles from anywhere and with hammock-spaced trees - perfick



    So high up in fact that it gave us the opportunity to check that gravity still applied next morning - the old loose-dry bag test was passed successfully - mea culpa



    A pleasant hour or so to the shuttle car without too much reed bashing this morning









    Some of you may recall that Hippo suffered an anaphylactic shock earlier this year which was a bit of a surprise to him as he had no idea he was hyper-allergic and believed that large amounts of alcohol in the system prevented such things.

    Amazingly he has also been diagnosed with another rare and debilitating condition - he is on the Psyphotologistic Spectrum (there is such a thing) - for years he has suffered the embarrassing inability to remember/charge/use/point a camera but he feels so much better now that he has the diagnosis and I now have to stop calling him rude names.

    Anyway, as Mrs Patterdale was getting suspicious at all the blogs without me in (despite the pile of bio-hazard clothing that appears after each trip) - I asked Hippo nicely if he could manage a few pics with me in - brave little soldier took eight of which 6 were out of focus and one decapitated me - it's more serious than I realised.



    Journey's end at Cottingham - 'Spectacularly Drab' in my submission



    Thanks for reading - apologies for lack of our usual blue skies but we were both going a bit stir crazy and needed to get out.

    As I drove home I got a text from Mrs Patterdale telling me she was buying me some Bose headphones for Christmas - as I already own some it took me a while to realise this was code for the latest rescue mutt had had them for breakfast....

    But some of us just laugh in the face of such adversity - especially when my new packraft and paddle were waiting in the porch



    Happy Days - regards to you all, Dick
    A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope - Epictetus

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    Once again...nice one chaps. You must dominate the "nights out under tarp/tent" header board this year!
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    So many things ring a bell for me with this blogg. First the going whatever the weather because we’ve arranged it and need to get our. Then the spare tarp for socialising under. Russ and I refer to this as the kitchen tarp. And then the replacing headphones eaten by a dog. My last ones were eaten by Bella a Rottweiler we watched for a few months till she got rehomed.
    John

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    Another enjoyable blog. Well done lads.
    Big Al.

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    and the last river been poisoned
    and the last fish been caught
    will we realise we cannot eat money.
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    You two make me very jealous, great blog yet again.

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    Nice to see something completely different to our usual trips.
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    Nice blogg and pictures.

    Was it not too cold or did the beers and red numb the extremities ?

    Are you sure it not hippo-allergic ?
    Simms ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simms View Post
    Was it not too cold or did the beers and red numb the extremities ?

    Are you sure it not hippo-allergic ?
    We have hammocked in minus silly temperatures, waking up to tarps frozen stiff but toasty warm inside.....an under blanket is essential to trap warm air under your back.

    A large stock of daft word jokes exists .... I was quite tempted by hippo-cratic oaths being sworn by his doctors.
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    Can’t beat a bit of murk now and again. I was misssing the habitual “Hippo Catering” shots though. Normally love to see the menu.
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    Welcome to the packrafting fraternity.
    Can’t wait to see your Packraft blogs!



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