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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. We have travelled eight times with Scenic starting well before they launched Emerald they actually started trading in the U.K. under the I think Evergreen flag which they still use in Australia alongside Scenic and Emerald.

    I queried because it seems to be North American’s who are challenging their Covid response. CA

  8. All I can say from my lock down is don’t believe everything you read. Between the journalists, civil servants, so called experts, politicians etc., you’d think were right up the creek without a paddle. Well we’re not. 

    On to happier things we had a barge hired on the Canal de Nivernais in late May this year obviously that’s not happening but it’s now booked same time next year.


    We arrived home from California at the beginning of March to all we met whilst touring your beautiful state keep well, we hope to return in the (fingers crossed) not to distant future.


    There’s also all that river cruising to catch up on. CA

  9. Thank you for that link Notamermaid for once a considered piece of put together journalism. 
    We have some, one can only call them crazies doing stupid things every day here. 
    On the other hand loads of rainbow pictures in windows, plus the odd teddy bear. Batman and Robin rode past on a tandem yesterday actually dad and young son so they are allowed to be so close, it was the sons birthday treat people came out and waved and all within the recommended regulations.
    Latest have a zooming virtual cocktail party - cheers and keep well. CA

  10. Washing hands and wiping surfaces is pretty much second nature now, and noticing when neighbours go shopping for instance can mean a phone call or a little note left to get something forgotten all delivered keeping the required distance apart or just left on the doorstep. My daughter keeps her Pilates classes going through the internet from her dinning room her participants are increasing by the day. My Grandsons classroom is now the conservatory, his school now has just over 20 pupils attending all from families of nurses, firefighters etc., thank god for their dedication. I may soon though have a slight challenge I am a crafter and have decided that I now have time for a sort out, what to do with the rubbish, not so important in the grand scheme of things but it helps keep my mind off of what could happen. Our police have today found a family plus dog killed in their house so so sad. So talk to your cruising friends. CA

  11. Jazzabeau, great cartoons have shared with our ever growing, WhatsApp, Zoom and other groups around the UK. Being in the over 70’s division apart from being confined to walks with my dh and scooting around others we may come across we’re  considering other ways of getting together without getting together! If you get my meaning. We have nationally had two challenges recently that I believe no one could have envisaged, one taking to the wide open spaces - basically we don’t have them as other countries do so our National parks got stuffed! Then the underground it’s always congested so why the surprise when it happened this morning. We will get it sorted we have in the past and we will do again. We arrived back in the UK from California three weeks ago after a fantastic two week holiday, thank you California, the - expletive deleted - hit the fan shortly after our return, if it’s our last holiday at least it was a good one. Stiff upper lip and carry one hand washing CA

  12. I know Scenic has been carrying a lot of refurbishment so I’m wondering if that’s why the difference. We’ve never been in a junior suite but do appreciate the deluxe it has just that little bit of extra space. Prefer middle of the deck towards the bow and we’ve never had a problem with noise either from the top deck or the lounge. Enjoy your cruise. CA

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