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May 21, 2011 - Steam and Tractors

An early start and we drive to Belvoir Castle to attend a Steam and Tractor Show. Flat land as far as you can see – called the Fens. Very productive land that is actually below sea level. Once again huge crowds and dozens of activities – a lovely sunny day with the ever present wind. Steam engines galore looking splendid in their paintwork and shiny brass – small miniatures put-putting away and dozens of the larger variety, some operating machinery such as hay balers, others obviously for use in roadworks etc. Lots of old trucks, caravans,...

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May 20, 2011 - Canal boats and locks

Today we visit the Foxtin Locks – a staircase of 10 locks on the Grand Union canal. We watch a number of canal boats make their way through the locks – one of the couples are from Australia. The men drive the boats while women work the locks. Unfortunately one of the ladies gets the gate sequence wrong and actually drains some of the locks. The lock men, there to help out, have to refill the lock water storages. It took over an hour for each boat to get through. We follow the lock along for a bit before returning to Pierre and driving to...

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