Kailani Blog

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 »

A Taster on board Kailani

18 August, 2015

After a good night’s rest, the new day starts just before 8am with a cup of tea in bed. It’s not obligatory, but most guests take it! At 8.30am breakfast is served, comprising fruit juices, choice of cereals, dried fruits, yoghurts, cooked English breakfast (bacon, egg, sausage, tomato, baked beans and mushrooms or a variation… Read more »

Kennet and Avon part 2

05 August, 2015

After Newbury the character of the Kennet & Avon Canal remains rural with plenty of nature around us.  Since we covered this route last year there have been improvements to the dense reeds growing along the canal. In places the reeds narrow the canal to about 12 ft, but this is a considerate improvement.  We… Read more »

Kennet and Avon Part 1

20 July, 2015

Once boaters venture off the River Thames and onto the Kennet and Avon Canal, prepare for work!  It reminds us how much we like the Thames as we are immediately back to manually-operated locks. The Kennet & Avon is a very popular route for guests, who enjoy the close proximity of nature.  Our guests almost… Read more »

The River Thames to Lechlade – and back

04 July, 2015

The 26 miles from Oxford to Lechlade has to be one of the most diverse stretches of waterway we travel.  In places the river is 50+ metres wide, in others it is closer to 15 metres.  The Environment Agency (EA) has clearly been working on vegetation, as in some places you can see around a… Read more »

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