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    Default Hi from the fens

    Hi all,
    what a fantastic resource this forum is. Years of experience and opinions and ideas all in one place. Brilliant. I'm currently banned from doing anything active for a few weeks weeks, after surgery, so the forum has been the perfect reading material while I sit in an enforced lazy mode!

    So, greetings from the Ely area, we're hoping to expand our repertoire and experience as we have many slow rivers very nearby, as a result of living at sea level, or just below it - Lark, Wissey, Little Ouse, are all very close, and the Cam and Great Ouse are a trolley-portage away. We also have a myriad of small lodes, drains and interesting waterways criss-crossing the fens, if access permission allows.

    We have an Old Town Camper, and will be putting it to camping use before long hopefully, as soon as we've got ourselves in practice. Although we're very experienced in outdoorsy stuff and camping, our camping is usually done by motorbike, and this is our first tandem boat. As my only other boat is a Boyne pattern coracle, I'm hoping we'll make slightly faster progress with two of us paddling in the canoe!

    Hope to meet some of you around, have fun!

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    Hello and Welcome!

    Hopefully you'll soon be back on the water, and when you do, share your adventures and photos.

    There are a few folk on here who paddle the Flatlands, though most are upstream on the Gt Ouse or Nene more often than closer to you.
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    Welcome
    Hope to see you out on the rivers soon. I spend affair amount of time on the Great Ouse between Earith and Godmanchester.

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    I met a very attractive and affable young lady from Ely when I was 17 - fond memories .

    Welcome here, and yes, it is a good place.
    Nin Wanakiwidee Tchiman

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLD MAN View Post
    I met a very attractive and affable young lady from Ely when I was 17 - fond memories .

    Welcome here, and yes, it is a good place.
    Did her name begin with the letter "L" by any chance? If not, you are on dodgy ground..
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al. View Post
    Did her name begin with the letter "L" by any chance? If not, you are on dodgy ground..
    You're gonna have to explain it Al, I've got my dunces head on today
    Nin Wanakiwidee Tchiman

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLD MAN View Post
    You're gonna have to explain it Al, I've got my dunces head on today
    I assumed you were talking about Lynn.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al. View Post
    I assumed you were talking about Lynn.
    Gosh I was being thick. It wasn't Lyn, she comes from Zummerzet. One has to practice before one gets it right you know and it took me longer than some others.
    Last edited by OLD MAN; 1st-August-2019 at 02:04 PM.
    Nin Wanakiwidee Tchiman

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLD MAN View Post
    Gosh I was being thick. It wasn't Lyn, she comes from Zummerzet. One has to practice before one gets it right you know and it took me longer than some others.
    I wouldn't dare mention any pre Sylvia encounters. That's what I meant about dodgy ground.
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al. View Post
    I wouldn't dare mention any pre Sylvia encounters. That's what I meant about dodgy ground.
    Al, I'd like to think that you didn't have any encounters before Sylvia .

    Apologies to the OP for hijacking his thread a little.
    Nin Wanakiwidee Tchiman

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