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Sep 10, 2018 - Keadby Lock

There hasn't been a lot to report over the last few days as we have travelled back over previous territory. Last night we moored at Thorne and on our walk around town we spotted this little train - what a great idea for a kids birthday party. Loved this boat's name!!! We had numerous swing bridges to operate today between Thorne and Keadby, this one with the wind-a-majigs behind was just asking for a photo to be taken. Not to mention the sliding railway bridge at Keadby - the only one of its kind in Europe. Just ive a toot of the horn...

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Sep 5, 2018 - Done the circle

The big circle from the junction of the Knottingly & Goole Canal & the New Junction Canal - out of Goole and in at Selby (after the trip to York and back) then down the Selby Canal and back on to the Knottingly and Goole Canal at Knottingly. Staying at Whitley Lock tonight then tomorrow will be back onto the New Junction Canal to take us to the Stainforth & Keadby canal where we will make our way to Keadby and back out onto the River Trent. (Sounds complicated but it hasn't been). These gypsy wagons were on the bank of the river opposite...

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Sep 4, 2018 - Haddlesey

Only a short distance today - the Selby Canal is only 5 1/2 miles long, so we've stopped where it meets sthe River Aire. Being back on the canal we knew we had to negotiate a number of low bridges, so on the coolest day it's been for some time we took down the wheel house so the roof could be lowered. A tidy fit through the bridge behind us in this photo!!! We walked into the village and spotted these lovely crocus - just a small bed of them along the verge. Then I spent another 3 hours finishing off the jigsaw.

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Sep 3, 2018 - Selby

Our trip down the river was a bit of a chore - lots of logs, branches, trees and other debris to contend with along with a water skier!!! they came belting around a corner and saw us and thankfully slowed down. They would have to be idiots with all the objects floating around - if they hit something that was just under the surface they'd be in big trouble. We had to contend with the tide coming in when we first left the lock at Naburn and then once the tide turned we had it flowing quite fast by the time we had to make the 90º turn into...

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Sep 2, 2018 - Naburn Lock

Naburn Lock is a busy little place, all the stink boats come out from the Marinas for a picnic on the Island. So on a nice day, it gets quite busy. We managed to get a mooring spot before it got too busy. This was a very busy river in years gone by, what with Vikings invading and trade boats running up and down. The river floods quite regularly (twice in 2007) and has been over a metre above the top of the lock. So not a place to be when a storm is on the horizon. We leave here at 1.15ish today with the correct tide and make our way to...

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Aug 31, 2018 - The Wall

This mooring we're on is very reminiscent of the Brisbane River moorings we were on in the catamaran. Situated at the bottom of the Museum Gardens. However the Tourist boats that sail past are not as invasive as the Brisbane Ferries that used to whizz past. Our last day in York and we walked the 2 miles of wall, just to say we've done it. It's been a beautiful day and the sun has brought out even more tourists - along with the fact that it's the last week of school summer holidays, the place is swarming. We've really enjoyed...

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Aug 30, 2018 - York Minster

How relaxed is this squirrel? Enjoying the sunshine upside down on a tree. We went to explore York Minster today with thanks to Cheryl and Alan for the tickets. They are doing quite a lot of restoration work and there was scaffolding up in places. There is some exquisite work around, and I got neck ache from looking up so much. I love all the little carvings of faces - each one is different and some quite funny. There was scaffolding up around the organ - every 100 years the organ has to be taken down and sent away to Durham to...

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Aug 28, 2018 - Railway Museum

Yesterday, being Bank Holiday Monday was quite chaotic around York, so we just wandered around. There was a soapbox rally on for most of the day with around 45 entrants. We watched a few of them do their thing - all raising money for different charities. We had lunch at Pizza Hut and then decided that was enough for the day so had a quiet afternoon where I finished the jigsaw Tony bought me for my birthday. This morning we went off to the Railway Museum, which is free entry and is another fantastic museum. So we spent around 3...

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Aug 26, 2018 - York

What a big day today, with an alarm set at 6.15am we arose to be at the Goole Lock by 7am along with 3 cruisers (stink boats as we call them!!) The stink boats were a few minutes late so it was about 7.05 when we all entered the lock . and we exited at 7.20. We turned left towards York and the others went right to Hull. Our intention had been to go as far as Selby today and then go on to York tomorrow. However there was some confusion and we didn't realise that we should have booked 24 hours ahead to enter the lock at Selby and so we...

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May 12, 2018 - York

York is a walled city with many narrow lanes, pedestrian streets and old buildings. The Swan dates to 1417. It is a neat tudor-style building with small rooms, dark wood, a bar between two rooms. The Golden Fleece is another old building--1500's--with various rooms, a bar at the back and tables in the garden. The floor tilts. It is said to have ghosts. Both were on the way to Korvik...the Viking experience. Jorvik is a museum that describes a Viking village....by taking you back to 946. One boards a ride to travel back and through a Viking...

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May 11, 2018 - Isle of Skye to York

We left Kyle of Lochalash heading inland through an extensive logging area. Logs were being cut with a processor into 8 - 10 ft. lengths, and loaded in 3 sets on trucks. Occasionally we followed one but never saw where they were going. Along Loch Duich we saw Marine Harvest fish farms. As we drove A87 we passed through mountains over 1100m. We could see vestiges of snow high on the sides. Occasionally we saw fresh dustings of snow. We climbed up through the 5 Sisters...5 uniform mountain peaks in Glen Shiel....to a high pass and then...

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May 10, 2018 - York

I’ll have to get the puffa jacket out today ... 14 degrees !! Had a leisurely stroll down on the river in Stratford before heading off. Watched an old canal boat go through an old operating lock. Slow but very effective! We are off to York today. Travelling through Warwick and through Coventry where Lady Godiva rode her white horse through the town naked as dared by her husband to cut taxes by half. Coventry was also bombed in 1940 so was rebuilt in modern style.. referred to now as a bit of an ugly town. Then travelled through Nottingham...

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