Narrowboat Tacet

Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Sunday 3 November 2013

Last Post


This season of our life is at an end.  Our time travelling on Tacet is up.  We are starting to make the arrangements for the new season of life back in the real world, returning to the bank.

Tacet will still be our home while we put into action the process of selling our old house, buying a new home and selling Tacet.

We want to say thank you to all the people we have met and shared a cup of tea or meal with over the past two and a half years.  Thank you to all you blog readers following our progress. Thank you to those new friends found on the way.  Thank you to family and friends at home who have put up with our absence. Thank you to our God and his goodness and provision for us.

That was beginning to sound like an ‘award’ speech. So lets move on.

Our travel statistics show how much ground water we have covered, practically  twice round the system. Everyone asks what or where are our favourite places.  We find that really hard to answer as we have enjoyed exploring everywhere, some for the beauty, some for the history, some for the interest, some for the people there. There’s nowhere we wouldn’t go back to, but if we had to pick out some, then it would be something like this………….





Hudd. Narr.24.7 (4)

Hudd. Narr.24.7 (13) Frosty morning (14)5. May,Caen Hill



National Space Centre (5)

Skipton 140611 (4)




Fotheringhay (5) 

Frosty morning 17.1 (4)

Foxton locks (4)    


P1000991 Burnley 24.6 (14)

nesting swan (1) P1080024

Tacet O2




Salts Mills (6)

 Todmorden, Walsden. Summit (3)


  canary wharf (1)


What a lot of memories, it was so hard to choose a selection of best bits, and then of course we remember our Jumble, who loved being a boat dog.


However, I’m not sure that even yet we qualify as proper boaters…………….as neither of us have ever fallen in!

Gosh it’s hard to close this chapter, writing the blog has been a big part of our ‘gap year’, and I’ll miss it, but will still enjoy reading our favourite boaty blogs and keeping in touch with those on the cut. Thanks for travelling along with us………..


……………….So long, farewell, auf wiedersehn, goodbye……..


                                                                                            …………………….and safe journeys.

Friday 1 November 2013

Jephson Gardens

We enjoyed another visit to Leamington, walking up through the Regency main street known as the Parade and looking around the unique smaller shops in the side streets and visiting the exhibition at the Pump Rooms - ‘This Green and Pleasant Land’. 
Leamington takes its name from the river Leam which flows through the town and is another spa town with natural, mineral rich springs. I have blogged about the town previously, so today will focus on the Park.

Jephson Park, Leamington (3)

The Jephson Gardens are located opposite the Royal Pump Rooms and the river Leam runs alongside. The gardens were created in 1831 and were originally known as the newbold Pleasure Gardens.  In 1846 the gardens were renamed in honour of Dr Henry Jephson who lead the expansion of the town as a health spa.  There are formal bedding areas and lots of lovely trees, a lake and fountains, a tropical glasshouse and a cafe.
Today we spotted several large carved tree stumps, new pieces of art completed this year. Some just for decoration, some made into seats too, the pictures and cut faces of wood have been polished. They were quite impressive.
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And we enjoyed feeding the cheeky squirrels too.
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Once on our way, it was good to see the church at Radford Semele had emerged from it wrappings.  Over the past two years as we have passed it has been shrouded in scaffolding and plastic. Now it is sporting a very finely finished tower and new roof, with what looks like an extension on the side. You can just see it across the fields.
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The hedgerows are full of fruit and berries along here, loads of crab apples, hips, haws and sloes.



And how about this rose, blooming on the 1st of November!


Leamington Spa – Long Itchington  6 miles, 10 locks