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Aug 11, 2018 - Swinton

On our walk through Sprotbrough we spotted this plaque commemorating the house that Sir Douglas Bader lived = he was a fighter pilot during the war. Last night we met up with some people we met while in the Newark Marina last year and have kept in touch with. This is a friend of theirs spending the weekend on their boat at Sprotbrough, This is their dog, Edith who has a fantastic grip on her stick. We went under this viaduct today - goodness knows how many hundreds of thousands of bricks were used in it's construction. We moored up...

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Aug 8, 2018 - Sprotbrough 53º30'25.34N 1º11'29.34W

How confusing does this look? Both red and green lights on at the same time. The lock was being operated by the man in the house - you can just see him standing there. We are moored in a nice quietish place with the sound of the water rushing through the weir behind us. Across from us is the old Boat Inn. The huge pine tree in the front is a Wellingtonian Pine or Sequoiadendron Giganteum!! It was planted in the 1800's. This tanker makes a weekly trip from Goole to Rotherham loaded with waste oil to a factory that makes WD40...

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Aug 6, 2018 - The Tower

On our way to Marjories in Birdsedge, Huddersfield, we spotted this castle up on the hill so decided to investigate. It was built and opened in 1899 to celebrate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria's reign. It didn't take long for someone to fall to their death. Breathtaking views from the top of the hill - the castle wasn't open for visitors at the time we went. Emley tower The transmitting tower always takes our attention when we drive past and the view was great from castle hill. ...

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Aug 4, 2018 - Christmas in August

Tony finally got to use the Christmas present I gave him today - his Porche drive at Blyton Park race track. We rented a car - and Europcar upgraded us to an automatic Mercedes (very nice too). We had some time to spare before the drive so we called into Gainsborough and had a look around. The old hall dates back to the mid 1400's and is quite interesting. The bedrooms complete with "ensuite" - glad I didn't live back then!!!! Then we made our way to the race track where there were hundreds of people waiting to "have their...

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Jul 30, 2018 - Barnby Dun 53º34.46N 1º4.32W

We stayed at Pollington Lock last night - it was raining and very windy in the morning, so we decided to wait until it calmed down a bit before we got underway from Whitley. Although a lot of the power stations are closed down this one was clearly working. We had a few lift bridges to operate this morning and 2 locks, one of which was manned by the CRT. There's not a lot in Barnby Dun, but a walk around the old church yard was interesting. These poor unfortunate people died a somewhat unpleasant death. The main structure of the...

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Aug 21, 2017 - Off to the races!

What a day first time ever to see a horse race. We got special tickets up in the booth so everyone had to be dressed up. Drank pompadour , aka fizzy wine then into wine.. Kaylin picked two winners so that was even better! Then down to see a concert by Texas. From their we went to have Thai food. Another delicious meal and great evening with friends

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KayJen Summer 2017

Sep 12, 2015 - Adventure day 15 - Doncaster races

Today we are off to the St Ledger races in Doncaster. I am still not talking to Dave - but have excelled my talents - rised above it all - GTS his e-cig supplier - and found one just down the road. We were going to frock up for the races, but it is raining - it is not drizzling - it is raining!! I am not walking around wet grass in heels and I am not wearing a frock in cold, wet weather - so we had to rethink the garments - now wearing black pants and a sparkly(ish) top - with 4 layers underneath!! Brolley and jackets packed we head off....

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Our European/UK Trip

Sep 12, 2010 - Doncaster -- In the Right Place at the Right Time

The Nottingham Marathon was on today, so I had to take a roundabout way (and yes, we did have to go around a few of them!) to get to the rail station. It still only cost £5 by taxi, so well worth it in my view. The train to Doncaster required a change in Sheffield after the first hour. I will be returning to Sheffield tomorrow as I have found out that the Doncaster Archives are closed for a training session. Arriving in Doncaster after the 30-minute trip from Sheffield, I sort of found the hotel by feel -- I remembered (sort of) where the...

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