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Nov 16, 2018 - Christmas is on the way

The Christmas market opened last night - we were a bit tired after our walk to the windmill so we went tonight instead. The market is quite a bit smaller than the Birmingham market we went to last year. They have this ice rink and also a slide. We passed a construction site on the way and spotted these great signs It's been quite misty and drizzzly today, quite a contrast to yesterday....

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Nov 15, 2018 - Windmill

We had to pick the only day without wind to go and visit the windmill didn't we!! We saw the vanes going around yesterday and decided we would go today. Can't win them all! It was a nice sunny day for a walk though so we enjoyed it. We climbed to the top and saw how the grain was processed on each level. On the way we passed this lovely dragon sculpture. there are a lot of these signs around Nottingham, it's a Smart Water city. Another jigsaw completed....

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Nov 10, 2018 - Inclement weather

Yesterday we didn't venture outside due to the weather. It was a good day for Tony to dothe annual life jacket inspection and bilge pump check and service. While he did those things I did another puzzle. Not impressed with this sort of puzzle and it was difficult to click each piece into the other. However, Tony helped me to finish it off today. This morning was lovely sunny, clear skies, so we went for a walk while we could. The sun had brought out quite a few people to the White Water Rafting site. We walked to Lady Bay,which...

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Nov 8, 2018 - Windy weather

Yesterday dawned wet and windy,so around 3pm the sun came out and we went off for a walk. We're back at the National Water Sports Centre as we had to fill up with wwter and this is the easiest place to get it. There were a few brave souls out practicing on the course. We walked the full length of the course (2 km) then back on the other side, and almost made it back to the boat before it started to rain again. Today isn't much better and according to the weather report we are in for a not too pleasant weekend. So it's good weather...

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Nov 5, 2018 - Bonfire Night

The last 3 nights have been quite noisy - everyone celebrating Bonfire Night, which is actually tonight, but they got stuck into it at the weekend. Fireworks are available from stalls at the supermarkets from October until News Years Eve here. We went to a comedy show on Saturday night and at one stage thought we were being bombed - the fireworks were quite close. This bloke and his mate spent 3 days last week blowing the leaves into piles and another person drives the machine to scoop them up and put them into the back of the truck. ...

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Nov 2, 2018 - Another sunny day

We had just settled down to watchTV after dinner last night when there was a knock on the side of the boat. Tony went to investigate and there was a homeless guy wanting a bit of assistance. He was looking for somewhere safe to erect his tent where there was some sign of habitation as he had been robbed a couple of nights before and didn't feel safe. Tony went out to assist him with some lights and to put up the tent. I put the kettle on and made him a cuppa and Tony brought him on board to cook his frozen TV dinner in the microwave. He...

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Oct 31, 2018 - Back in Nottingham

This is one of the many bridges we negotiated yesterday on our journey back from Sawley to Nottingham, along with a few locks. This is where we are moored for a little while. Today was lovely and sunny, so we took off for a walk after lunch. Tony spent the morning servicing the generator while I spent the time making some cards. And this is the view of the bridge from our mooring spot....

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Oct 13, 2018 - Wind

We didn't get to leave yesterday as the wind came up and hasn't died down yet. We were down at the lock earlier and this boat came through. They're filming something for the tv apparently. It was being pushed along by a bloke in a tender, so they were cheating! These are 2 of Sam & Joan's little Yorkshire terriers. It's a bit crowded in their narrow boat 9with 5 dogs and 4 adults. Of course, the dogs get the best seats!!! It's 1 year today since we set off on our travels from Newark marina.

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Oct 11, 2018 - Sawley

We're now at Sawley - the township of Sawley is in Derbyshire, but we are on the canal beside the River which separates Derbyshire and Leicestershire. We're on the Leicestershire side. We're moored opposite the Sawley Marina where our friends Sam & Joan have their narrow boat moored for the winter. So, whilst in the area we are catching up with them. Sam (Father Christmas!!!) is relatively new to boating - we met them in Newark Marina when they had their boat put in the water last October. So he was telling Tony he couldn't reverse the...

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Oct 9, 2018 - Erewash Canal

We walked around the corner to the entrance ofthe Erewash Canal. We intend totraverse this canal on our return from Leicester. This houseboat ain't goin' nowhere!!!! There are quite a few "static" houseboats on this short stretch. Tonight's sunset was very nice....

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Oct 8, 2018 - Holy Moly

We set off this morning and almost immediately had to stop again as there was something around the prop. Turned out to be someones hoodie. So off we go again and get under the first bridge then had to stop and take the wheelhouse down for the second bridge! Off to a good start eh. There were several more low bridges to follow. We are at the end of the very short Cranfleet Canal, near Trent Lock,there are several deviations from the River Trent by the short canal systems. The flood level guage gave us a bit of a shock - can't believe the...

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Oct 7, 2018 - Wheelhouse down

Setting off this morning we encountered the obstacle course of paddleboarders, yachts racing and rowers. That's Sunday morning for you around the Water Sports Centre. Brought back memories of Sydney Harbour !! Once we reached the canal lock we took the wheelhouse apart and had 11 low bridges and 2 locks to go before we moored outside the Sainsbury's shopping centre. Plus a couple of sharp bends and numerous fishing people along the way....

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