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Multiple locking - 16th - 18th July Tuesday 16 th July 2019 Anderton to above Big Lock, Middlewich 9.5 miles, 1 lock Sue and Ken had moved on last night to use the s…
Marple Today began wet and for the most part was even wetter! We thought as we cast off that we might be lucky but by the time we reached the other side of the basin and stopped at the water point, we knew that we were in for the long haul.
And the sky turned black I wish the buyer as much happiness as we had in owning her. For the time being, this resource-full website will still be avail… Windsor Thursday 18th July - We woke up to rain - we really weren't too sure what this wet stuff was, coming out of the sky!!
Confused of Oxford Well here we are at Kings Lock on the Thames at Oxford and it is wet wet wet. No complaining though because the rest of the week has been sunny and they say next week will be too. Trying to find out what has happened to Thames visitor mooring charges is near impossible.
Spotted: Humpback whale near the Cape Cod Canal An unexpected visitor stopped by Onset Harbor Thursday. A humpback whale was spotted swimming near the Cape Cod Canal. The Wareham Department of Natural Resources wrote in a Facebook post that the whale was spotted swimming between Onset Island and Hog Island Channel.
On to Thrupp We made the decision to leave this morning even though we had a good spot with good signals. We did have the dredger going by every half an hour but it wasn't a problem. Still as we were just about to push off a hire boat went past us and we sat behind them at the lock.
Off the Thames Today we are coming off the Thames and again we have been lucky with the weather. We untied after removing the chimney and went under Osney Bridge, but as the water levels are so low it wasn't a problem anyway. The river then passes the Isis link to the Oxford canal and then closes down through the trees at the cutting.
Didn't like the River Weaver #narrowboat #boating I know, I know… the River Weaver is a wonderful, picturesque river, slow, wide, banked by trees and with all mod cons. But I didn't like it, and let me tell you for why. Claustrophobia. It is a claustrophobic environment.
1,000 Christmas presents For the last couple of years we have chosen to use Christmas as an opportunity to plan family gatherings in the summer in lieu of presents. We have holiday'd in North Yorkshire twice, Brittany and this year to celebrate my retirement we booked the Ski lodge my sons use in January in the Alps for a fully catered week.
Teddington Here We Come. 17th July The Fox to Teddington Visitor Moorings, River Thames. According to Waterway Routes we had a couple of hours cruising to do before reaching Thames Lock onto the Thames today. The Lock Keeper would be on duty from 2:15pm which is when the tide would be right for our journey up to Teddington.
Taken to Oxford, Yesterday? We set off at 8.30am, just in time to get to the lock as the lockkeeper arrived. We then went onto the water point and a queue soon formed here. It was then breakfast on the move and David had his in the cratch. He then took the helm and Del and Al sat in the cratch to have their's.
Bugsworth We had moored overnight just a short distance from the Marple Aqueduct and the flight of sixteen locks. As soon as we set off we passed under Occupation Bridge and then entered a narrow cutting.
What a Lark this is! We're at Great Haywood Marina at the moment with Lisa and David where we met up with friends of theirs Louise and John at the Saracens Head in Weston on the Trent and Mersey Canal.
Wrong turn? Maybe not THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who has made a donation - the total of all the shinydisks… Narrowboat Epiphany:cruising the UK's inland waterways: canals and rivers Scissor-Lift by PowerLift for sale - FOR SALE - 230v SCISSOR-LIFT As delivered to Lancashire - kept in storage in original packaging I ordered th… It's Colour Time!
Further up the valley – in company! The travels of NB SEYELLA on the canals and rivers of England and Wales We were joined this morning by George and Carol, normally of Still Rockin' but the temporary custodians of Dave and Lisa's What A Lark.
Loved the Anderton Boat Lift #narrowboat #boating The Anderton Boat Lift raises and lowers boats some 50′ between the Trent and Mersey Canal and the River Weaver. It was built in 1875 and was restored, methinkth, in about 2002. It is a delicious chunk of Victorian engineering, from the days when England made things.
July issue of Towpath Talk out now! August is almost upon us, and with it comes the countdown to the colder autumn months. 2020 is flying by far too quickly! Welcome to Towpath Talk, Britain's biggest inland waterways publication. Regularly topping 100 pages, it features everything you need to know about boats, marinas, wildlife, conservation, heritage and superb days out.
Avast, me hearties! Free pirate capers and buccaneering fun comes to Anderton Boat Lift's free pirate festival this weekend. Free swashbucking adventure comes to Cheshire on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 when the Anderton Boat Lift, near Northwich, stages its Pirate Festival Weekend.
Back up the valley The travels of NB SEYELLA on the canals and rivers of England and Wales Over the last couple of days we've headed slowly back up to Great Haywood. It's a bit cooler but still fine, with showers generally being civilised and confining themselves to out of cruising hours.Taft Bridge and the pig farm moorings.
Hanging around for a while, 2721 hours service, a bereavement and Vegans to the rescue! The owner came over and started chatting - he' reads the rubbish I post on Twitter but hadn't taken offence at any of it lol. IT's had to believe the boat is 5 years old - She's beautiful.
Windlass In Hand. 16th July Ballot Box Bridge to Ontario Bridge 205A, Grand Union. Time for us to push off. Whilst Mick pootled us along towards Bulls Bridge I had a catch up phone call with the production manager for panto and then tried to complete my technical drawings before we reached the junction.
Time to Move On Before I Upset Anyone Else! 14th - 15th July 2019 Sunday 14th July 2019Lymm to South of Bridge 3 on the Bridgewater Canal12.25 miles, 0 locks As seems to be the normal start to the day, Monty and I set off on foot before the boats left Lymm.
Hyde Bank Before we set off, Mike walked Tesco for a paper and a few other items but also to track down an optician. Christine was having problems with her main pair of specs, with one lens having a tendency to pop out of its frame.
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