Kailani Blog

A Canal and River journey

22 July, 2016

We have been on the Kennet and Avon over the last couple of weeks and other than the countryside and beautiful views we see from the boat there are also some places to visit with a difference. Wootton Rivers is a particularly pretty village made up almost entirely of timber-framed, thatched houses.  The church has… Read more »

London Canal Museum

02 July, 2016

  One of our moorings for the night on the Regents Canal through London is at Battlebridge Basin, home of the London Canal Museum.  We moor next to the entrance to the Museum. The building was constructed in 1863 as an Ice warehouse, hence the link with the canals as the barges used to transport… Read more »

River Conditions

28 May, 2016

What a difference a week makes!! We are on our way to Lechlade on our 2nd trip this year and the flow of the River Thames has reduced dramatically.  It has only been 3 days since we returned to Oxford but the engine revs have dropped, enabling us to have a much more relaxed journey…. Read more »

Springtime River Cruising

07 May, 2016

What a difference a week makes! Last Sunday our guests joined us in Ware, having travelled down from the North of England.  They left the snow, grey skies and cold weather behind them and met us in lovely sunshine. Along our route down the River Lee, the days became warmer and all enjoyed their days… Read more »

The Canal In Spring

18 April, 2016

We are well on our way in our 2016 season and the weather has been reasonably kind to us with plenty of sunshine, showers and the odd hail storm and frost at night. All our guests have enjoyed sitting out at the front of the boat watching the scenery and wildlife as well as the… Read more »

2016 Season

25 March, 2016

Our 2016 season is due to start this week and we have been busy getting the boat ready.  It is amazing how much there is to do. The engine has had a full service by RCR (River Canal Rescue) and Gordon has been busy making new plant boxes and doing plenty of other jobs around… Read more »

Ware on the River Lee Navigation

09 February, 2016

We were visiting friends last week in Hertfordshire.  Being a pleasant sort of day we went for a walk and found ourselves alongside the River Lee close to Ware.  We know this area quite well from the river but not from the town. Ware is a former medieval town and there are buildings with projecting… Read more »

The Regents Canal, London

04 January, 2016

Over Christmas we were in the company of some people who had seen one of the TV programmes featuring the Regents Canal.  They were telling others about the “hidden canal” through London.  After a while we joined the conversation, partly to correct something they were saying and also to agree that the Regents Canal certainly… Read more »

The London Ring

14 October, 2015

Our London Ring trips have been very popular in 2015 and at the moment we are still the only Hotel Boat licensed to do the tidal stretch of the Thames between Limehouse and Brentford. There are 2 optional starting points for this trip – Little Venice and Kingston, the latter taking us a few miles… Read more »

Wildlife on the Canals and Rivers

03 September, 2015

As we cruise along the Canals and Rivers of Southern England we see a large variety of birds, trees, wild flowers and insects.  For avid bird watchers it is a great way to watch nature at its best as we travel along. We have been so lucky this year with the amount of Kingfishers we… Read more »

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