|David & Charlie survey the Thames as we turn at Lechlade|
|"Sickle" at Hawkesbury, soon after purchase.|
This was the year in which "Sickle" joined "Chalice", and our boating time started to be divided between the two.
|"Chalice" makes its first visit to The Bratch|
The 2011 stats are as follows.....
Days boated: 87
Miles covered: 1198
Locks worked: 917
|Biggest surprise of 2011 - "Chalice" makes it through Froghall!|
Birmingham & Fazeley
Grand Union Birmingham Line
Grand Union South
River Thames : Upper
River Thames : Lower
River Thames: Tidal
Shropshire Union : Main Line
Shropshire Union : Middlewich Branch
Staffs & Worcs
Trent & Mersey : Main line
Trent & Mersey : Caldon Branch
Trent & Mersey : Leek Branch
Worcester & Birmingham
|"Sickle" at Braunston Historic Boat event|
Stoke Bruerne Gala
Braunston Historic Boats
Linslade / Leighton Buzzard Festival
Stoke Bruerne Village at War
We have also had several opportunities to meet up with our many boating friends, the last as recently as a very large gathering in Loughborough, just before the New Year.
Little could I have realised that within a couple of months of writing this synopsis of 2011 we would be without Charlie, ("the best dog in the world"), and constantly part of our boating life since he joined us from the rescue centre less than 2 years previously.
Of course we are sad now to look back at the pictures in which he features so much, but far from wanting to erase his memory, we never want to forget the very happy, (but far too short), time he was part of the family. Yes, there is still a tear welling in my eye as I type this, but for a while he gave us so much, and we all absolutely adored him. A very sad loss!