Meet the Neighbours

The marina has been quite busy recently, and we have seen three narrowboats and one cruiser berth opposite us for a few days.
There are plans to revamp the other basin and both toilet blocks after the season finishes, and we were interested to know where the long-standing boats would be put for the duration. There are some places open on the river, but for liveaboards like us that wouldn’t be practical when the high waters come.
Our basin appears to have reduced in occupants over the last few weeks, some boats going out for extended trips and one 30 footer is still out after two months! One of the longer narrowboats has recently been sold, and another has given notice to become water gypsies as from the beginning of September.
maggie waitingPhoto: Maggie waiting to board this morning
Whether they are visitors or neighbours, these are familiar faces.
swans aug 2016 swans aug 2016 close swans closer
cygnets goodbye swansThis family live on the river and drop in often, now aware that food may be in the offing. We still don’t know what happened to the pair here or if any of their cygnets survived.
ducks one duck
You’ll find these ladies and their friends lazing on the bank behind us every day.
egyptian geese 2 egyptian geese pecking shady spot
These guys visit every year and stay for about two months.
grebeAnd this little chap manages to blend in with the water, so it’s not until he moves that you can actually see him. I took this through the window this morning, so it’s a bit fuzzy.


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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3 Responses to Meet the Neighbours

  1. scifihammy says:

    Nice to see the bird photos 🙂

  2. The grey color swansare cygnets.

    • they’re gorgeous aren’t they. I understand this pair hatched 6 eggs but lost one shortly afterwards. Sadly the ducklings here haven’t fared so well, though the Mother and baby that I posted about a little while ago are still here and flourishing.

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