We are lucky to have a stretch of riverbank at our mooring where I can create a little garden. It’s not really suitable for typical suburban plants so I have planted wild flowers. With the cool wet spring everything took a while to get going but now we have a beautiful view of flowers when we open our hatch. It took a lot of digging and weeding to get the bank free of bramble and nettles and in fact I have only managed to get about 20 feet done this year. Over the autumn and winter though I can finish the next 30 feet and so next summer we will have a huge bank of flowers to look at.
Something to be careful of when gardening a riverbank is not to destabilise the bank as it will be washed away at high water over the winter. To help prevent this I have planted a few willow twigs which are sprouting happily and their roots will keep the bank in place. So that these don’t take over they will be kept trimmed into a short hedge.
I was sitting on the sofa looking out of the riverside hatch and saw this little fella hunting for his supper just across the river. Another first for our current mooring. No supper caught on this occasion but a great... Continue reading →
Though we are in a freshwater stretch of the river we do sometimes get sea creature visitors. Specifically Seals. This afternoon we had the good fortune of one of our fellow boaters letting us know that there was a Seal... Continue reading →
It seems to have been a long winter even though it hasn’t been particulaly cold. Add the rain into this equation and the inspiration to get outside simply hasn’t been that great. We do however have the advantage of being... Continue reading →
We see a lot of bird life living opposite Englands largest Meadow but last weekend there was a couple of sights we haven’t seen before. Firstly looking out we thought that there was someone flying a Raptor which would have... Continue reading →
This weekend has been one of those glorious early autumn ones where the days are deliciously warm and the evenings are slightly chilly. Our new mooring looks over a vast meadow towards the west, so we get some wonderful sunsets.... Continue reading →
June is the start of Summer though after the waether so far this month you would be hard pushed to believe it but no matter what the weather the wildlife carries on. Last night a huge plank of wood floated... Continue reading →
It’s never my favorite task but this weekend I have been Spring Cleaning. Now that sounds exciting doesn’t it. NOT! Actually it’s quite an important task on a boat as a winters worth of dust, soot and cooking grease builds... Continue reading →
The clear weather today meant that we had another spectacular sunset. It is always lovely to look out the bow doors and see the sun sinking to the horizon, the sky a blaze of red and the reflection on the... Continue reading →
We moved started our Widebeam life in December 2014 at the start of one of the mildest winters on record. This meant that we didn’t see any snow. Now that wouldn’t be a problem for most people but both my... Continue reading →