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Narrowboating for Novices

Author : John Henshaw
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Aimed at the complete newcomer and those with limited experience of narrowboating, this book explains how to pick a canal, how to steer, moor, turn the boat, negotiate bridges, bends and tunnels, and work locks confidently & safely, and it offers tips on what to pack & where to visit along the route. With descriptions of 38 canals & 43 maps.

Narrowboating for Beginners

Author : Jennifer Petkus
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From teaching how to steer a narrowboat to how to flush the toilet, Narrowboating for Beginners will help a first-time boater pretend at least a delusional self-confidence when given the keys to a 60-foot-long, 15-ton metal boat. Topics include how to turn a lock, moor, swing a bridge, light the stove, tie a knot and start the engine. Includes many illustrations and diagrams, including a lock flowchart, scannable QR codes and numerous shortened URLs. If you buy the paperback edition at Amazon, the Kindle version is included free. Visit NarrowboatingforBeginners.com for up to date information.

Our Great Canal Journeys A Lifetime of Memories on Britain s Most Beautiful Waterways

Author : Timothy West
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For more than half a century, a shared love of canals and narrowboats has been inseparable from the marriage of Timothy West and Prunella Scales. The two iconic actors have spent many of the happiest days of their life together enjoying the calming pleasures of watching land and nature unfold before them at four miles an hour. In 2014, Tim and Pru took to the canals of Britain and beyond with a television crew and a brief to record their best-loved trips along the most beautiful waterways they could find. Little did anyone guess that their seemingly light-hearted travelogue, and the story of their lives that it revealed, would transcend the programme's gentle façade, becoming something entirely more powerful. From the outset, the reflective undertones of the possibilities of later life, and the realities of Prunella's dementia, struck a chord with viewers around the country. Now in its seventh series, the show has been described as 'beautiful and meditative' by the Guardian, 'touching' by the Independent and 'a hymn to the possibilities of later life' by the Telegraph, there is no finer, nor more thought-provoking, travelogue on British television. In this handsomely presented book, Timothy West tells the story of the couple's life and travels. Illustrated throughout with beautiful photography, Our Great Canal Journeys recounts their storied careers as actors while recording their remarkable journeys along some of the world's most scenic waterways. Beyond this, however, it explores with sensitivity the trials, but also the joys, of ageing, and how Prunella's struggle with dementia has both changed, and yet failed to change, their lives together. By turns humorous and poignant, Our Great Canal Journeys is at once a beautifully observed ode to a unique, magical method of travelling the world, and a warm meditation upon love, learning and life.

The Narrowboat Guide

Author : Tony Jones
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The UK has over 1000 miles of navigable canals and rivers which are home to an estimated over 70,000 boats. To the untrained eye canal boats can look much the same, but there are some very important distinctions and a new buyer has some very important choices to make. This book discusses those choices, taking into consideration the various boating profiles. From those choosing to live on board permanently, to constant cruisers, and weekend boaters to fair-weather cruisers, each will require a different type of boat if they are to fully enjoy their new vessel. The book covers finding and buying a boat, the legalities of purchase, the different features and utilities, finding a mooring, boating health and safety, the cost of boating, boat maintenance, boating etiquette and many other frequently asked questions.

Narrowboat Nomads

Author : Steve Haywood
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‘ We were aware of a dreamlike quality to our trip. There was something far-fetched about it, something out of this world.’ Austerity might be getting everyone else down, but Steve is waving his worries goodbye on another of his light-hearted trips around the picturesque English waterways. This time it’s a bit different, though. This time he’s not just cruising with his cat, Kit, but with his long-suffering wife, Em, who’s given up work and wants her share of easy living too. They’ve rented out their home for the ups and downs of a life afloat, and there’s no going back now as they cruise from the historic River Thames, through the Midlands and westward into the hills of Wales, meeting a familiar cast of eccentrics and oddballs along the way, and experiencing one of the hottest summers of recent years. But how, after life in a four-bedroom house, do they manage to survive together squeezed into a space the size of a potting shed? Other books pretend to tell you about life afloat – this one shows you what it’s really like.

The Narrowboat Girls

Author : Rosie Archer
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'One of the nation's favourite wartime saga writers ... warm and engrossing' Lancashire Evening Post Spring 1944, and the war shows no sign of stopping. In Hampshire, Elsie is desperate for a new start after her husband leaves her. When her friend Izzy, herself planning an escape from her abusive boyfriend, tells her about the wartime jobs going for women on the canal boats, she jumps at the chance. Their new boss, Dorothy, is kind and fair, but it's clear she has a secret of her own. Their crew is completed by Tolly, searching for a new vocation now that her dream job has been snatched away. The work is hard, but together they pitch in, and through shared ups and downs they forge close friendships that will see them through the darkest times. What none of them could have predicted is just how much working on the canals will change their lives. Could it really be that what started as a means of escape will end up giving each of them everything they ever wanted?

Boating Biking and Hiking the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Author : Jennifer Petkus
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The 35-mile-long Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in Wales winds through the Brecon Beacons National Park, skirting past ruined castles, breathtaking mountains and picturesque villages. With only six locks, it's popular with beginning narrowboaters, but the excellent towpath also attracters hikers and cyclists and the water is enjoyed by canoeists and paddleboarders as well. Despite its many attractions, however, it remains "a popular place to be alone."

Travels with Cookie

Author : David Thomas
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Between 2004 and 2006, David Thomas experienced a series of disasters in his life, culminating in being told that he only had a short time left to live. Rather than sinking into despair as many people would, he decided to fulfil his lifelong dream of living on a canal boat, while he still could. So he bought a narrowboat, LadyRiverMouse (an anagram of 'Live Your Dreams') with a view to spending the rest of his limited life cruising the canals and rivers of England. Naturally, he had to take the love of his life with him – a rather bad-tempered fluffy white prima donna of a cat called Cookie. Cookie was an indoor cat who had rarely been outside, never mind living on a boat, where according to David dogs are usually the pets of choice. Would it work out? David didn't know, but as he put it, “I wasn't going anywhere without my beloved Cookie”.The remainder of the book is an account of the few years David spent travelling through the waterways of his native land. Many people live on boats; few cruise as extensively as David did – to London, along the Thames, up to Wales, then tackling the wild and often desolate rivers of North West England. A beginner to boating when he started, David learned much as time went on, mainly by having numerous – and often hair-raising - adventures. So did Cookie, who contrived to get lost, fall in the water on a number of occasions, and generally use up most of her cat's nine lives. Finally David met Helen, a helicopter instructor, writer, and – most importantly – cat lover. They fell in love, and David's life began to change yet again, leading to the eventual sale of LadyRiverMouse and a new life in the Peak District for David and Cookie. David knows about boating, has an eye for detail, and is also an astute observer of his fellow men and women, both on and off the waterways. Therefore this book will clearly be of interest to those who have ever travelled on the canals or done any other boating, anyone who loves travel of any type, or simply the armchair traveller who enjoys reading about others' adventures. But “Travels With Cookie” is more than just another boating or travel book. It is a tale of bereavement and divorce, of terminal illness and despair, and finally of romance, a seemingly miraculous cure, and a new life. Hence it should appeal to anyone who likes human interest stories of any type. And of course – as Cookie herself would tell you if she could speak - it is a must for cat lovers!

Medical Doctor

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Our Mutual Friends

Author : Jennifer Petkus
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"The young man, however, noticed my friend's attention and turned to look at me, but I had already returned the flint striker to the interior of the muff. He looked at me with his childlike expression and offered me a smile, which I immediately returned. How could I help it? Even with the knowledge that Charlotte considered him an impostor, I was charmed by his warm brown eyes, his long black hair that fell upon his shoulders and his full lips that spoke the peculiar sing-song language that had so confounded the greatest minds in England. Were I completely honest, I would also admit that my eyes were drawn to his broad chest, naked but for a sort of soft-leather vest with no buttons, and a large, jet-black medallion that showed a many-armed figure."Thus begins The Affair of the Putative Prince wherein Charlotte House and her chronicler Jane Woodsen solve the riddle of Prince Nanaboo of Samokar, meddle in affairs of state, battle French agents and reunite lost lovers. In The Stimulating Affair, Jane literally finds herself in hot water when she unmasks the deadly presence at the mysterious Doctor Meissner's electrically charged salon of pleasure. Inspired by the works of Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens.

BBC Wildlife

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The Conservationist

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Birnbaum s Great Britain 1990

Author : Stephen Birnbaum
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Offers advice on trip planning, gives brief historical information, describes the major cities and their offerings, and plans special tours

World Fishing

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The Countryman

Author : John William Robertson Scott
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Britain

Author : Bryn Thomas
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Providing comprehensive coverage of England, Scotland and Wales, this guide includes 160 maps, 12 of London in colour and information on shopping, nightlife, architecture, film, theatre, eating out and accommodation. Public transport and self-drive options are also detailed.

Traditional Gifts

Author : Lee, Vinny
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Lace

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Birds

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Britain s Best Pubs 2007

Author : Automobile Association (Great Britain)
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This unique collection of the best pubs and country inns in England, Scotland, and Wales features more than 300 traditional pubs, county inns, and gastropubs across the country giving details on accommodations, dining times, facilities, and breweries. This is the ideal guide for anyone who enjoys visiting pubs that offer good food and drink in a welcoming atmosphere. The expanded entries also include information about visitor attractions in the area. In country, county, and town order, this new edition features full-page county openers and more than 500 full-color photographs.