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Oct 24, 2018 - Backwards Again

An unpleasant day yesterday - reversing all the way back from Long Eaton to Trent Lock. We departed at 11am and moored up at 4.15pm then had to put the wheelhouse back together. This is the view as we went backwards. Not only did we have to reverse, the canal is so shallow that because we were reversing the silt and chopped up weeds etc. were drawn into the filters and kept blocking up, so approximately 2 hours of that time was spent with Tony down in the engine room cleaning filters. There was also some rubbish wrapped around the props...

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Oct 22, 2018 - The Erewash Canal

We finally set off this morning Sam, Joan and Sam's sister Jean, on board their narrow boat and TranQuill following. Sam had to replace his 5 batteries at the weekend as they were all not long for this life and Tony spent a number of hours assisting Sam. We had the roof down as we were expecting some low bridges. There were some very low bridges, and we jusst managed to get through a couple. However, the canal is quite shallow and we are having some trouble in places, so we are going to reverse some of the way in the morning as there is...

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Oct 19, 2018 - Back in Sawley

Our trip from Zouch involved passing miles of moored boats, both narrow and wide beams. And quite a lot of these floating houses - the river floods quite a bit during the winter (and summer if it rains a lot) The power station is powering away and is quite prominent for most of the journey. Now that we're back in Sawley Tony is helping Sam, who's having problems with his battery power etc. So this morning Tony went for a look at the batteries and found one had exploded!! No acid left and a mess everwhere. So he is now trying to...

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Oct 17, 2018 - BRIDGES

we set off with the wheel house down, but after 4 bridges we were defeated and had to reverse back for almost 2 miles as there was nowehere wide enough to turn around. So our trip to Leicester was cancelled. They seemed to get lower and lower the further we went. So we are now back at Zouch for the night, and had just put the wheelhouse back together and sorted everything out when an old fella passed and asked if we had any school age children. He is a story writer and has written some books for children and wants to get them around the...

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Oct 16, 2018 - Loughborough

We had a stroll around town this morning. The rain had stopped and there was even some patches of blue sky. Walked through Queen's Park which is very nicely laid out. This is the case in which the largest bell in the country was made here in Loughborough. The museum was open - only a small building, but houses quite a lot of interesting things that have been made here. It's the home of the Ladybird books which most of us read as kids. The gardens are nice e ven though the flowers are all finished for the season, but the autumn...

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Oct 15, 2018 - A miserable day if ever there was one!

We had hardly begun our journey this morning when,after about half a mile we had to stop and take down the wheelhouse as we couldn't fit under the bridge. We had 3 or 4 bridges after that where we needed it down, so we suffered the damp weather oncee again. 2 locks later we arrived at Loughborough, where there is a basin with moorings. There was only one other narrow boat moored there. So we cleaned up all the water and then after drying ourselves off had lunch and set off to go to Tesco and grocery shopping. There are a couple of...

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Oct 14, 2018 - Wet, wet,wet

I took this pic this morning just as we were entering the Sawley Lock. The wind died during the night and the rain began, and it's rained for most of our trip. luckily we didn't have to take the roof down, although the last bridge we came under was very tight, but we made it. We had 3 locks to work ourselves in the rain today, so we were a bit bedraggled. We are now on the River Soar at a place called Zouch. ( Lat 52 48 24 N Lon 1 15 2 W)...

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Nov 29, 2017 - York and Leicester and Stratford upon Avant

This morning me and my mom woke up in Sheffield got ready and headed to the train station. At the train station we bought first class tickets to head to York. In York we went to York Chocolate Experience. On this we learned about the history of chocolate all the way back to ancient Mexico. We learned about the major chocolate companies in York(we even got some free samples) and learned how they made their chocolate. After we finished the tour we got to make of own chocolate lollipops. After the experience we went to the York Christmas...

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Apr 19, 2014 - Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds

This was a really successful day. Starting with a visit to BBC Leicester where they have the most comprehensive selection of brand products we've seen to date. It was all I could do not to purchase heaps of DVDs and CDs, in fact I managed to come away empty handed by considering the potential weight issues with my luggage at Heathrow Next door Leicester University has established an exhibition based on the archeological investigation at Grey Friars Abbey. For many years the exact location of Abbey buildings was supposition. However, very...

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Apr 18, 2014 - Badgers Mount Leicester

It's not an overstatement to say that we spent the whole freaking day in the car today. We'd left early enough from Yorkshire to make it to Bosworth Battlefield by 1.30. A double lorry collision on the M1 at 6.30 that morning meant we were stuck on the freeway from 9.30 to 3.30. At one point or car didn't move for an hour and people were getting out of their vehicles and walking around. We reached badgers mount late in the afternoon and decided to stay put. We've realized that most meals in this country are based on cheese. Not a lot of red...

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Jan 23, 2011 - Ready For The Off

Well, nearly time for the start. Peter, Ruth and Connor returned to New Zealand earlier this week and we fly out to join them very soon. Time to panic!! The tickets are all sorted - upgrades requested - the suitcases are out of the attic and piles of clothes on the bed. Final paperwork to be checked and then we will be off. Old trips can be viewed here http://arteman.wordpress.com/ This Trip Journal is a new experiment - so we will see how it goes!

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Jul 17, 2010 - Back to Hong Kong

The day started with buffet breakfast, that consisted of the usual hotel breakfast type things. Although thise one had Singapore noodles and congee which is a rice soup, I had the chicken and mushroom variety with green chillies a good way to start the day I thought. Picked up at 9am by the evr reliable Mr Liem, Jessica and Kilian, who was by now acting as photographer as the battery in our camera was flat. Off to the Macao lighthouse, where obviously the views over Macao were spectacular, there was also more information forthcoming from...

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