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Dec 9th

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I am sitting typing this blog on Wednesday morning, Clive is still in bed reading his book as again we are in no rush to go anywhere.  The weather forecast said it would be very cold this morning but would be bright and sunny in the afternoon.  It is just after 10.00am now and I can see blue sky and fluffy clouds drifting by.   About thirty elderly ramblers have just walked past the boat (we see a lot of these on the towpath), obviously from a local rambling club.   A flock of pheasants just landed in the field opposite the boat and a couple of swans drifted by a couple of minutes ago.  Life is good. I have a wonderful view from the window!   Once Clive is up and we have had breakfast we will be setting off on another leisurely cruise ? I wonder where we will get to today?  

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