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Otterson, or ‘Otty’ as we call him, is a 1.5M fibreglass dingy.
Like ToadHall, we thought it fitting that he should take his name from Kenneth Grahame’s, ‘The Wind in the Willows.’
When we bought Otty, he needed a lot of TLC to get him to the boat you see today – he had sustained a slight crack in his hull and suffered from bad drainage.
Today, he’s a valued member of the family. He has outings to the pub, and gets us to the shops ‘n’ back, and he helps us off the boat in moderate flooding…..
Julie & Brad's Life On The River
Bousen, or ‘Bo’ as we call him, is a 2.5M Plastic flat bottomed rowing boat.
Bo, came with his name so we didn’t change it, because as they say, ‘if you change a boat’s name, you change the luck.'
When we bought Bo, he came with a 5hp, 4 Stroke Petrol Engine, which had a lot more power and is considerably heavier than the 3.2hp we use with Otty.
Bo is very spacious inside and much stronger than fibreglass. This gives us the option to invite guests, or simply throw a tent in and see where we end up.
Bo is a valued member of the family. He has outings to the pub, and gets us to the shops ‘n’ back, and he helps us off the boat in flooding due to his flat bottom.
Our names are Julie and Brad, and we call ourselves the River Tramps.
We live on a 40ft Narrowboat situated on the River Avon in Warwickshire.
We're often asked if we’d ever return to land-life, and we both say no, because nature is just one step away.
It’s a wonderful way to live. The people we have met, the friends we have made, the chivalry and fun is beyond anything we could have imagined.
"A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill.
Parsley is a 15 year old cat we adopted from the Welford-on-Avon Cat Rescue. We’ve not had him long, but he has settled into boat life really well.
To help him on and off the boat, Brad removed a porthole window and installed a catlafp and a specially made ramp.
He loves his fuss and is always after that extra bit of food.
Parsley enjoys the company of the river creatures, though he’s causious of the swans.
He loves to curl up by the wood burner on cold winter nights.
The Merry Bears are a family of about Thirty bears.
The gang began with Sleepy, then Samson and Mindy, and now they just keep appearing.
According to Sleepy, the Swans help them over to the Willow Tree on the island opposite. He says, ‘There is a magic portal in the trunk of the tree. It leads to Bear-Land, and comes out next to Mindy’s House, by the Honey-Milk River.'
The bears love their drink – they call it ‘Merry Juice’, but they say any booze will do.
Some evenings in the winter, when we’re all cosy by the fireplace, they recount tales of adventure.
In the Beginning
Before Anything existed
Before Tree or Bird Be….
From the Stars
Julie & Brad
And then Came…..
Where Are We Brad ?
Well, It’s that time of the year again and Winter is nearly over ( hopefully ).
The Website is 60% complete, so we’ve decided to publish it… The Podcast is back on the table, or more likely a Vlog (a video blog of sorts)..
hightened river levels and flooding are still expected at this time of year, so we’re still on high alert.
Be prepared is our motto. Don’t get stuck on a flooded river, especially with frayed ropes and a short flood pole.
Function Not Fashion, Beards for warmth, Good shoes for slippey metal.
Always expect the worst, and everything seems good :)
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As above, so Below. This picture was taken on a lovely sunny afternoon out in Otty. The water was so calm it created the perfect reflection to create a Tree-Star.
This picture was taken up on Elmly Castle. We heard a humming sound and found a fallen branch loaded with catkins and bees. The hum of the bees was measured at 144Hz.
A lovely sunny day down at Marcliffe Lock,, overlooking the Weir. This is one of our favourite trips - via the Frog Pub in Bidford-on-Avon.