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Jun 30, 2018 - Going down again 53º57.39N 2º8.7W

Yesterday was spent doing housework inside and Tony put kill rust on the roof and fitted the new pretty blue protector strip around it. Spotted this old bridge on our walk. Also spotted this thing on our walk - any suggestions as to what it may be? Today we started the descent with 3 locks at Greenberfield and then passed under the double bridge again, and we're now moored up between East Marton and Bank Newton.

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Jun 28, 2018 - The Tunnel!!!!!!!!

We're going to sleep well tonight after making our way through that tunnel again. It's quite a harrowing experience in our big boat and we were talking to another wide beam with a high roof just before they went through it yesterday - he was just as apprehensive as us and he's been through it quite a few times, but he had just had his boat painted a lovely light blue (and Tony said there was paint marks frequently along the walls as we went through.) just glad it's over with. It took us 45 minutes to traversse and the average time for...

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Jun 27, 2018 - 7 locks

The dam at the top of the locks is quite low - it's one of the dams that keeps the canal topped up, and they're saying that if we don't have substantial rain within a month they will lock off the locks and there will be no travelling through. Traffic on the locks was quite busy this morning but we managed to get through with only a minor disturbance when a lamb fell into the water between 2 locks. We had assistance from a CRT helper and he managed to rescue the little fella. We've risen 69ft 4ins today - top of the world. weather...

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Jun 26, 2018 - "That's the beautifullist boat I've ever seen"

We've had so many comments about the boat but this was the best!!! Then we've had - "eee, that's a bigun innit" "By 'eck, that's a beauty" Then the best of all was a lady asking me as we were facing upwards into the locks and rising - "are you going up or down?"!!!!!!!!! These fish were lazily sunbathing around the boat yesterday. We hadn't been moving for half an hour this morning before we had to stop and unblock the filters and pull plastic from the prop. It's the worst stretch of canal we've come across - more shopping trolleys than...

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Jun 23, 2018 - Clayton-le-Moors 53º46.26N 2º21.39W

Tony spent most of yesterday servicing the generator, so was feeling sore and achy by the time he'd finished. I went to the shopping centre and got myself a haircut and we did grocery shopping to get us through the next few days. We set off after 11am this morning, and by 12.30 had to stop to clean the filters of mud. This swan family greeted us at the bridge, then went on their merry way. The pheasant was right on the bank of the canal enjoying himself, he wasn't that impressed with the boat though. By 2.45 we had to stop again as...

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Jun 21, 2018 - a great couple of days

We rented a car for a couple of days and yesterday we went to visit the lovely Marjorie near Huddersfield to collect our mail. We spent a lovely afternoon with her. Then back to the boat and we decided to have dinner in the Calypso Restaurant as it was quite late when we arrived back. We were sorry that the owner, Dave, was not there though, as we wanted to catch up with him again. And, Aussie Tanya also wasn't there as she has gone to the Lake District. A great meal though. This morning we set off to visit White Scar Cave near Ingleton...

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Jun 19, 2018 - And up again!

These horses said goodbye to us as we left our mooring at Johnson's Hill. We then moored at Cherry Tree last night and came on to Blackburn up another 6 locks this morning. A rise of another 54ft 9ins. These huge funghi were an unusual sight. An old mill chimney still standing. Always on the lookout for obstacles in the water. Tony has removed 2 buckets full of plastic bags etc from the prop in 3 days. The water levels in the canal are quite low at present as there hasn't been any rain to speak of....

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Mar 11, 2018 - 53º33.25N 2º35.37W

We left Chorley and wound our way to the next Marina that has fuel. They've just had a new bowser put in to allow anyone to access it at any time - problem is, it only allows an amount of 100 pounds per credit/debit card!!!! and you can't even fool it be putting the card in second time!! And you are required to have a certain card to operate it from the British Waterways who own the Marina and you have to apply online for the card and obviously have an address for them to send out the card to you. Not impressed. The Marina employee is able...

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Mar 7, 2018 - Chorley 53º39.11N 2º36.49W

We bashed through the ice on Monday to get to the top lock - the moorings there (only room for a max of 4 boats) were full. Once the locks were back in working order and the majority of the ice had melted 3 of the 4 boats left, so we were able to fill with water and take a space. This is a novel idea (haha) the phone box has been turned into a miniature book swap library. So off we set this morning down 7 locks (65 foot 5 inches drop). We had to lower the wheelhouse roof before we set off as there were a couple of narrow, low bridges to...

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Mar 4, 2018 - And then there was none

A couple of pics from our walk yesterday, the most spectacular icicles hanging from a rock face This morning we had a light shower of rain and then this afternoon the sun shone, so the snow has just about melted and there are still some patches of ice, but we've had another heavy shower of rain this evening and the ice should be just about gone tomorrow.

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Mar 2, 2018 - All systems go

Most of the snow was gone this morning and the ice on the canal was mostly gone. Just certain areas where it's sheltered that are still frozen. These icicles on the lock gate were a bit nasty looking. We walked down the locks this afternoon to see how the repairs were coming along. The water was being fed down the lock system slowly The scaffolding was all packed up and the de watered lock was being re watered again!! So all is done and the locks are back in operation. Walking back was a challenge as we were walking into the wind...

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Feb 28, 2018 - More snow

Out for our daily dose of vitamin D while the sun shines between snow showers. There are some quite unusual patterns in the ice. The ducks had been walking along here making prints. Love this sign. At 11.30am this morning this was the state of the lock - not looking good for a 4.30pm finish and opening!!!

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