Field AudioBook: readings available on Unbound.

Part of the package of extra goodies you’ll get from us when you support us on Unbound (pledge £25 for the Handbook Edition of ‘The Riddle of the Sands’ today!), will be a Field AudioBook: a complete reading of the book, recorded in exactly the right places at precisely the right dates – and enhancedContinue reading “Field AudioBook: readings available on Unbound.”

‘For two days we travelled slowly up the mighty waterway’

It doesn’t take two days to travel up the Kiel Canal. Most of the ships and yachts we saw on October 3 were motoring along fast enough to get through easily in a day. With his history hat firmly on, notDavies assures me that on the opening day of the canal in 1895, the KaiserContinue reading “‘For two days we travelled slowly up the mighty waterway’”

‘Invisible forces were at work’

I wrote two days ago of our impressions of Holtenau on our initial visit during our Kiel road trip between October 2 and October 4. I said it was a quiet, well-heeled sort of place, full of pleasure yachts, less Kiel, more Kowes. But that was only half the story. If you approach the Holtenau LockContinue reading “‘Invisible forces were at work’”

‘A galaxy of coloured lights’

notCarruthers has already written about our impressions of Kiel on our mini adventure of October 2 to October 4, and as is his wont he’s focussed on retail. It falls to me to talk about more serious matters, in this case Holtenau, which is at the Baltic entrance to the Kiel Canal and which, itContinue reading “‘A galaxy of coloured lights’”

The 20th Adventure Club Podcast: An Adventure on the Kiel Canal

Finally, after months of talking about having an adventure, Lloyd (notDavies) and Tim (notCarruthers) head off to Germany, using ‘The Riddle of the Sands’ as their guide. It’s October 2 – 4, both in the book and in the real world. The route is Holtenau to Brunsbüttel. But how does the Germany of today matchContinue reading “The 20th Adventure Club Podcast: An Adventure on the Kiel Canal”

‘the vast plain of Holstein, grey and monotonous’

It’s October 3 when Carruthers & Davies are being dragged down the Kiel Canal, and the weather is decidedly autumnal. I’m not so sure, though, that the plains of Holstein would have been ‘monotonous’. From what I can gather they would have been full of life, with abundant apple & pear orchards, and *loads* of  animalsContinue reading “‘the vast plain of Holstein, grey and monotonous’”

‘We travelled slowly up the mighty waterway’

Carruthers and Davies enter the Kiel Canal through the massive gates of the Holtenau Lock in the early hours of October 2, and spend the next two days being tugged across the Holstein plain. It’s a distance of 98 kilometres, or 61 miles in old money, from Holtenau to the western end of the canalContinue reading “‘We travelled slowly up the mighty waterway’”

The 11th Adventure Club Podcast: boats, trains & Holsteiners

It’s October 3 and we’re being towed slowly down the Kiel Canal, preparing for our boating adventure in the Frisian sands, whilst staring out at the ‘vast plains of Holstein’. We explain the benefits of *pledging your support* to the Club at (01:22); Lloyd offers a reading recommendation – The Year of Reading DangerouslyContinue reading “The 11th Adventure Club Podcast: boats, trains & Holsteiners”