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  1. Don’t forget the Anglo Portuguese Alliance in effect since the 13hundreds the longest political alliance in existence we will get this sorted soon. Hopefully if everyone is careful and we all take it easy normal service will be resumed sooner rather than later. Fingers crossed 🤞 CA
  2. To my relatives on Vancouver Island and all other Canadians Happy 😃 Canada 🇨🇦 Day 💥 CA
  3. Steamboats enjoy! Our Douro cruise was wonderful the food - how can so many Recipes include Port! The Portuguese are very friendly and proud of their country. Try the newish pink port it’s lighter and more of an aperitif. CA
  4. On our Seine cruise with Scenic we went to Giverney, absolutely fantastic with much groaning on our part we got there really early we were the first in by a mile if I can find it I got a superb photo of that bridge with no one in it brilliant, we were in the house by the time the garden was heaving, here your not supposed to take photographs. When we left the question were huge. Wonderful experience. CA
  5. Sorry yes extremely frustrated I actually went out In the car last Monday for the first time for three months and drove. Then again last Wednesday with my husband to collect our new glasses that we were tested for - you’ve guessed it three months ago, (the lenses did come from Austria) I’m pleased to say I can still drive hurrah. Evidently we can open and work from our archive after someone other than the archive team does a risk assessment so that won’t be happening anytime soon. I've come to the conclusion that the BBC is even more twisted in its reporting and getting worse, when will they realise that it is so easy to gather news from around the world, although some of their in depth reports are still top quality. CA
  6. I’m sorry I drafted a reply and realised how nasty it sounded so goodby!
  7. This picture reminds me of a few years ago on our ‘narrowboat’ being woken up by a strange tapping on the hull it was several ducks breakfasting on the Algae build up at water level, most perculiar as they moved along the length of the boat. CA
  8. This is the link to the latest BBC report about near processing plants, it does answer a lot of questions. CA Coronavirus: Why have there been so many outbreaks in meat processing plants? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/53137613
  9. Don’t forget that the law is different in different countries when you go down the percentage of consumers route.
  10. Try going straight to the top he might still be hunkering down in Switzerland.
  11. Seeing as most of the demographic who river cruise from the U.K. are made up of the majority of the population who have been and still are self isolating it will make no difference if we have to quarantine for an extra 14 days or not. Reading some of the posts published recently I am seriously considering wether to spend my money visiting Europe ever again. Why bother! CA
  12. Hi, obviously that does not apply in the U.K. It would seem that reading through the cruise critic pages the questions about refunds also applies to other river cruise companies. CA
  13. Well done YORKI1 we are really lucky in the U.K. So many cruisers from around the world having problems with refunds from various different river cruise companies but we have the law on our side. We’ve just started looking at what’s available for next year, ever optimistic. CA
  14. Layers and more layers of natural fibres. Silk socks are lovely and silk underwear I.e. long johns and tops. The added advantage of being ultra light and pretty as well. It’s what’s got me through winter camping over the years not recently though I’m a bit passed that I like my luxury that’s why I river cruise. CA
  15. A tour guides not for me to many places to see and people to meet so lucky to be my age and able to do it. The next wildlife on my list is the Great Bustards they have re-introduced to Salisbury Plain. CA
  16. There talking about reintroducing wolves into Scotland! We’ve had a Stork producing young for the first time since the 1400’s, unbelievable! We have Beavers doing very well in various places around our islands so our wildlife is surviving. Planning for after Covid 19 seems to be leaping ahead more power to their elbows. I think one of the worrying things at the moment are the reports of food going to waste across Europe no surprise with hotels and restaurants being closed but somehow it must be usable somewhere. Must go for my daily walk it’s a beautiful day. CA
  17. Loads of Blue Tits in the garden and our nest box full of Great Tits has just fledged I hope there not dying! We just. had one holiday well two in one May Bank Holiday and VE Day. Next Monday is another one late Spring Bak Holiday. We should be on a barge in France on the Canal du Nivernais at the moment sadly not possible hopefully next year. Fingers crossed all that things progress and we will be able to go to our place in Scotland in. September. We seem have a similar situation in the U.K. as you do in Europe with the shengan borders hopefully it will all be resolved amicably. CA
  18. Latest on the so called quarantine measures, I’m beginning to lose the will to live. Something about, couldn’t organise a —————- in a brewery comes to mind. Good luck all Government backtracks on French quarantine exemption https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52682411
  19. We live about 15 minutes from Bath ( on a good day) but cannot go in just yet, my colleague lives in Bath and he says it’s really weird with no tourists! We’ve got so used to the constrictions of lock down it’ll take some thinking about where to go when we can. Plus welcoming visitors again. CA
  20. Your right, it’s ordering beer on line so texts and emails between friends recommending obscure breweries abound, it keeps our other halves happy. As you might have noticed I am involved with a museum or I should say an archive as we cannot at the moment access our database answering queries keeps the brain working. People still have questions about canals. We’ve been asked not to use the tow paths for walks. Although last Friday was interesting with everyone sat in their front gardens obviously keeping social distancing toasting with champagne. Evidently we can now travel to France and the French to us without having to do the 14 day quarantine. This could be interesting. CA
  21. This is the BBC report on the app being trialled on the Isle of Wight. CA Coronavirus: Contact tracing app to be trialled on Isle of Wight https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52521526
  22. BBC phone in programme (radio 4) just on now about cruise refunds, basically if you want a full refund it is you right although the worry is the length of time you may have to wait, this is where you contact the ombudsman or maybe the BBC. Riviera paid up after they got on their case. Some companies are implying that they are adhering to, non existent new ATOL scheme by refusing a refund. Most lines both river and ocean are offering incentives i.e. 125% value, or exchange with a family member. Evidently there is a lot of discussion on how the companies can go forward. CA
  23. Here is the BBC report, I must admit to forgetting (how could I) that EU law is still in force. CA Coronavirus: Watchdog threatens legal action on holiday refunds https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52483453
  24. I think I’ve worked out why we aren’t seeing much U.K. input, I think it’s to do with consumer law here. CA
  25. When! this challenge is under control our next challenge will be to support our businesses hopefully there won’t be great holes where to many have folded. Challenging times for all of us. CA
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