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Jun 16, 2018 - Up some more

Yesterday we made our way to the bottom of the Johnson Hill Locks (7 in all) in readiness for the ascent this morning. 2 narrow boats went up and 2 came down before we set off. It had rained during the night and rain was forecast for today, but we managed to get almost to the top before it started drizzling. This is one of the many different Mason's marks on the stones in the locks. At the 4th lock (on a bendy bit) we met 2 more narrow boats coming out of a lock - I managed to manouvre around them this time. We rose 214ft 7ins on...

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Jun 14, 2018 - Wind

Our "lay day" turned into a work day! Tony fitted a new water filter under the sink, then when he took the pipe cutting tool that he'd borrowed from the CRT guys, he volunteered to go and help open some locks as they were short handed. After that he scrubbed the roof of the boat as the bird droppings were building up. Meanwhile, I changed sheets and washed them, then mopped the floors and dusted. We had intended to set off again this morning, but, for once, the weather bureau was correct and we had some very strong wind, gusting at...

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Jun 12, 2018 - Up we go

We were in the first lock at 8.15am, - 5 boats ready to go up and 5 to come down, so quite a busy day for the volunteer lock assistants. Luckily the weather was great - just enough cloud cover to keep it from being too hot. I drove the boat for all bar 2 locks - I was a bit chicken when we were met in the short distance between 2 locks by 2 narrow boats coming out of the lock towards us, so Tony drove into those while I helped with the lock gates. We arrived at the top of the 21 locks at 12.45 - just 4 1/2 hours. Someone is going to be...

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Jun 11, 2018 - Weekend off

We decided to stay put at Leigh for the weekend, and a good job we did - the canal traffic was extremely busy. Lots of boats going in both directions - a lot of them trying to find a mooring spot. We walked to the Pennington HAll Park where I expected to see some beautiful gardens - but alas, the gardens were empty beds and hadn't been planted. Then we went on to Pennington Flash Lake and back via the canal. It was a lovely sunny day and we took a picnic to have in the park. These beautiful dragonflies were flitting around the lily pads...

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Jun 4, 2018 - Lymm Dam

Off we went to look at the Lymm Dam Not a huge dam but a pleasant walk around under the huge trees with robins and squirrels amongst the trees. It's a very popular village with lots of people walking around. The village pond is lovely and makes the place look very olde worlde. We decided we'd better behave ourselves - not wanting to face a stretch in the stocks!!!

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Jun 3, 2018 - Lymm 53º22.53N 2º28.48W

Another beautifully warm day, a bit of cloud around but mostly sunny - the thunderstorms have passed and we're now expecting scorching weather!!!! Lots of lovely wild flowers along the banks Along with sculptures We had a longish aquaduct to cross And were confronted with a boat coming the other way, who fortunately backed up and let us through first. We've had a lot of boats to cope with today - always at the narrowest part of the canal or on a bend etc. It was a long day - 6 hours with a short stop to remove a scarf that was...

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Jun 2, 2018 - The Bridgewater Canal - Worsley

Tired of waiting for the "horrendous" storms, rain, hail etc, we decided to set off this morning - of course it started drizzling as soon as we had taken the roof down, but it didn't last long, so we stayed dry for the whole trip. The first bridge was a bit tight and we touched slightly as the wind caught the bow on the other side of the bridge, no major damage done. This is a very interesting old mining town, it's only dodwnfall is beeing so close to a major motorway so it's quite noisy. In places the water is very orange,...

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Jun 1, 2018 - Where's the rain?????

The rain hasn't arrived yet, but it's been quite muggy most of the day. These geese potter up and down this part of the canal, scaring off anything that comes within cooee of the goslings. We walked up to Pennington Flash lake this afternoon and spotted this duck. The wild flowers are looking lovely. I stood watching these little fellas wandering up and down the wall trying to decide whether to jump in and join mum and dad hoping to catch them in mid flight, but the second I gave up and walked on they jumped!!!!

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May 31, 2018 - Coal Mining Country (Tony's Contribution)

Approaching the town of Leigh we have passed through one of the earliest centers of the British Industrial Revolution. Initially seams of good quality "Black" coal were discovered at the surface. Open cut mining was eventually replaced by deep, underground mining. A consequence of the extensive mining is that are huge areas of subsistence which are now called "Flashes". They even tried to fill them from the colliery spoil tips. After a while they gave up and let them become lakes. As the land sank so did the canal which required the...

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May 31, 2018 - Leigh

It's becoming habit to take the wheelhouse to pieces every day now, and we had one quite low bridge to begin the day. Then we came to an electrically operated lift bridge. There are a few of these old brick walls along the side of the canal - used in a previous lifetime for loading the coal onto barges. This is a pair of old lock gates - gives you an idea of the depth of the locks. We intend to stay here in Leigh for at least tomorrow as the forecast is for rain storms etc. and we don't want to get stuck with the roof down in a...

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May 30, 2018 - Another day another lock or 3/53º30.10N 2º35.40W

We left Wigan and turned right onto the Leigh Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. We had 3 locks to contend with, along with more boats at each lock, but we now have 42 miles lock free. There's been a lot of subsidence in this area over the years due to all the coal mining, and some lovely lakes have formed. Some small sailing boats were being blown along on one of them and there were lots of bird nests in another. We had the roof down for the journey and just made our destination for the day when the rain started spitting at us....

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May 29, 2018 - Boats everywhere

Our first lock for this trip and we're met with 2 narrow boats departing it. And all bar 1 lock after that was occupied as we approached. We made it to Wigan and decided to stay here for the night. We went for a wander around town, and came across the local Parish Church and War Memorial. By the time we returned to the boat it was 5pm and time for refreshing drink.

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