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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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Feb 27, 2018 - Frosty

So we have received some of the predicted "beast from the east" in the form of snow A very pretty winter wonderland. So we rugged up and went out to make snowmen. the sun was shining in a lovely blue sky. The snow was very light and fine and I couldn't get mine into a good shape, but Tony got his sorted and we used the bits and pieces we had to make the face on his. By the time we had finished the sky was clouding over and by the time I had come inside to write this the snow was falling again. The canal is iced over, and we assume the...

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Feb 26, 2018 - Tired out!!!!!

We set off to find a supermarket in Chorley at around 11.45am - finally arrive back at the boat at 3.45pm. A 6 mile round trip mostly along the towpath and then across town to reach Asda. There were 5 guys working on the lock gates - should I say standing around/sitting pontificating - I'm very dubious as to them being finished by Wednesday. It was chilly when the wind blew, and we had a few short flurries of snow flakes along the way. This icicle was just hanging on the branch all alone, no more were seen along the way. This is in...

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Feb 24, 2018 - Wheelton 53º41.3438N 2º36.18404W

Yesterday we walked almost back into Blackburn - primarily to find a post office to mail off some parcels and also to find a hardware store to get some hacksaw blades. Spotted this glue while in the hardware store and it tickled my fancy!!! We passed by these Alms Houses which were built in 1833 - tiny boxes! Today we've left the industrial towns behind us for a while and are back in some beautiful countryside. We are now awaiting the re-opening of the Johnson's Hill Locks (along with quite a few other boats) which are having...

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Feb 20, 2018 - The calm before the storm???

A beautiful sunny day and we only needed a light jacket on instead of the heavy coats. The weather forcast is for a sub-arctic blast coming from scandinavia which will result in snowstorms and very icy weather for the next couple of weeks (if you can believe it). As we set off for our walk we spotted this sign - luckily a passer by filled us in - it's a weaver's triangle trail, but we only saw one other sign along the way and no explanation of what it's all about. The spring flowers are out in abundance now, snowdrops and crocus are...

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Feb 19, 2018 - Cherry Tree 53º45.5489N 2º31.9505W

Yesterday another Australian couple on a narrow boat called Wobbly pulled up behind us - we've seen each other before and have kept criss crossing, but managed to get to have a chat this time. They've been canal boating for 5 years. 6 Locks today and we had an able bodied helper Tanya is very interested in boating and we asked if she would like to come with us through the locks - it's her day off so she jumped at the offer. It was misty and drizzly when we left the Calypso but it did clear up as we approached the locks. This is where...

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Feb 16, 2018 - Museum

WE decided to visit the local museum today It brought back some memories - I still remember the old scrubbing boards etc. Blackburn was a very big industrial town at one time and in the late 1950's and early 1960 they "imported" Indians to work in the mills on the weaving machines. There is still a very big Indian community here today. Cotton was imported from South America until the Civil War in America stopped the importing of it for 4 years. We had dinner in the restaurant last night. There's an Aussie girl, Tanya, working in...

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Feb 14, 2018 - Sightseeing

Our new friends were telling us to go to Clitheroe, a market town just 4 stations down the line. So we decided today was the day. The canal was iced over when we peeked out of the window, but we didn't let that put us off (maybe we should have!!) Sitting in the railway station waiting room the wind was blowing an absolute gale and the snow was horizontal!! However, we didn't let that deter us, and once we arrived in Clitheroe the snow had turned to rain - my poor umbrella didn't fare too well though. We climbed the stone steps to the...

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