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Nov 22, 2017 - Apperley Bridge 53º50.21N 1º42.77W

This movie clip may or may not run, it's trial and error!!! Yesterday's stroll took us over the old bridge Where the river was flowing very fast after overnight rain. We set off this morning and after a short 1 & 3/4 hour journey arrived at our next destination, Apperley Bridge. It's been quite windy so some of the way was a bit of a challenge when not protected by hills or woods. The next set of locks is just in front of where we're moored after an automated swing bridge. It's 2 locks and we will be doing it ourselves. We're here for...

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Nov 19, 2017 - Sunday afternoon stroll

Our stroll today took us along the canal path and into the Nature Reserve which is open on weekends. There are lots of areas to investigate all the bird life and this sign shows what you can find in this pond if you go pond dipping (which is not allowed after 29th October, so we missed out!!) It was prbably just as well as the pond was frozen over!!!!!!!! So there wasn't a sign of any life whatsoever. We looked in the Lagoon HIde but couldn't see any Lagoons. There were a few ducks though. Once the sun went behind the clouds it turned...

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Nov 15, 2017 - On the buses

After Tony's rant about the trains the other day, we decided to get a bus to Bradford. Trains and buses are obviously not connected! We got on the bus and Tony asked for 2 return tickets to Bradford - the lovely lady driver said it will be cheaper if I give you a group ticket (which covers 2 to 5 people), and it's only 1 ticket instead of multiple tickets. A bonus. I have to say I was surprised - from everything I've heard about Bradford it's supposed to be a dirty city full of yobbos and gangs of hooligans, but it was just the opposite. ...

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Nov 13, 2017 - Ministry of Crap Design - Part 2

The Ministry of Crap Design – Part Two Some of you may remember me explaining the influence of The Ministry of Crap Design and the man in the cardigan who changed the thickness of the New Pound coins so that they would not fit in the coin slots at Laundromats. Well he is alive and well and now works in a new department responsible for the rail ticketing system. It has always been a interesting comparison as we have travelled around to compare how different countries manage their mass transport systems. Some countries have managed to span...

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Nov 8, 2017 - Good try - fail!!!!

We rented a car on Sunday for the day to go and visit this lovely lady, Marjorie, who lives in Birdsedge near Huddersfield - only around a 40 minute drive from Leeds. We first met her through another friend 10 years ago when we visited the UK and have kept in touch ever since. Having overstayed our 48 hour mooring limit in the dock we left this morning with the intention of meandering along again and mooring wherever our fancy took us. However, as we were going through the first lock in the middle of Leeds we were helped by a canal man...

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Nov 4, 2017 - Tired legs and aching backs

We've done a fair bit of walking today - started off getting the water taxi which departs just up from where we are moored (and is free) to Leeds Station. From there we walked around the city centre for the morning, Starting at Leeds Minster. More beautiful stained glass Then through a few arcades with lovely old ceilings and roof decorations Back to TranQuill for lunch and then out again to the Royal Armories Museum which is right next door to where we're moored (and also free). What a fantastic exhibition of fighting armour/guns...

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Nov 3, 2017 - Another day another lock!

Another couple of locks this morning to get us to Leeds. Another big lock but amazingly only takes around 5 minutes to empty and the same to fill again. It fair rushes out of the sluices. Going up We are in Leeds Dock for a couple of days and managed to get a mooring with power.

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Apr 25, 2015 - Day 11. Litchfield to Buckingham.

Day 11. 25/4/15. Nice relaxed breakfast then we went for a walk into town, which was all of about 100m. Surprise, there was a market on, and I love the English markets. This wasn't huge, and although I knew I couldn't buy anything big, I still needed to look. I did buy some safety pins to hold my pants up! I wanted to buy some hair mousse, but they came in a box of 12 (for £1) and the lady wouldn't sell me one! Said she couldn't then sell a box of 11. A fellow traveller at the hotel told us twice that we should go to the Arboretum, which is...

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Apr 24, 2015 - Day 9. Wyke.

Day 9. 23/4/15. We had a little sleep-in, but had breakfast with Garth before he was picked up to go to his Respite Group which he attends twice a week. He was quite confused and didn't remember who we were at first, but Ian gave him a cap with a kangaroo and Australia written on it, and that seemed to please him. Friends who had stayed in our house with Carole and Garth some years ago (we were away in the van), took the opportunity to meet us, and we went to Shibdon Hall and had a big walk around the grounds, followed by a 'light' lunch...

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Apr 24, 2015 - Day 10. Wyke to Litchfield.

Day 10. 24/4/15. Not too early out of bed this morning as Garth is home all day. Leisurely breakfast, then pack the car and a sad farewell to Garth and very sad goodbye to Carole, with a few tears in the car as we left. A difficult road ahead for Carole, but 'for better or for worse'. We'd decided to keep off the main motorways as much as possible, and drove through some beautiful English countryside, with over every crest, a different vista. We did get confused and took some wrong turns a couple of times, but that will teach us to go...

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Feb 15, 2015 - Nottingham & Leeds

Nottingham Auf eigene Faust erkundigte ich Nottingham, die nächste grössere Stadt im Norden. Speziell in Nottingham sind die vielen von Menschenhand gefertigten Höhlen im Sandstein, unterhalb der Stadt. Diese dienten als "Hauserweiterung", Vorratskammer, "Grümpelkammer" oder als Schutz vor dem Krieg.
Weiter kann man besichtigen: - Brewyard Museum: Alte Häuser, eingerichtet mit alten Gegenständen.
- Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem: Der älteste Pub in England.
- Nottingham Castle: Mit schönem Park, toller Aussicht und...

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Jan 21, 2014 - Arrived home safely

We are back safe and sound and in spite of arriving to failed central heating! Brrrrrr! (which our service contract fortunately sorted out within a couple of hours before we went to bed ...with hot water bottles!) we are now snuggles in, starting sorting everything out and watching the Melbourne Open on Euro sport. Quite a change from watching it in Melbourne in the heat!

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