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Dec 13, 2017 - Ice Breaker

Click link below to see short video of the boat coming towards us the other day, chugging and cracking the ice. We heard an almighty noise and wondered what was happening. Visit youtu.be/J6EPHf6AQig The chap stopped for chat with us before battling on through the ice. After overnight rain we thought the ice may have melted enough for us to get through it - but no, it's still quite thick and up to an inch thick in some places. So we managed to battle our way through the swing gate which was about 50 metres away from where we were moored...

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Dec 11, 2017 - Iced In

Got up this morning hearing creaking and groaning and looked out to see the canal iced over!! The back canvas window was looking very pretty We had planned to set off and go another couple of miles today, but after checking it out decided to stayput until the ice melts. It's a lovely sunny day, and no more snow forecast for a while, so maybe tomorrow will be an option. The seagulls and ducks were walking on top of the ice, a funny sight....

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Dec 9, 2017 - There's snow on them thar hills

This is a youtube link to a movie clip that Tony has created from his GoPro camera of us going through the Bingley Locks https://youtu.be/NzYRLbD2K We just arrived back to the boat from our trip to the shops when it started snowing. Within 10 minutes it had settled on the ground. We might be snowed in tomorrow as the forecast is for blizzards overnight. Should be interesting! We bought a little Christmas Tree while at the shops so it's beginning to feel more like the festive season now.

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Dec 8, 2017 - 53º87.76N 1º88.36W Riddlesden

We spent 24 hours at Hainsworth's boat yard moored up to a narrow boat so that we could use their electricity. Tony wanted to top up the batteries while we had the chance and marinas are few and far between, and mostly full, so no room for wide beam boats. This boat yard has moorings along the side of the canal, and although his moorings were full he was more than happy for us to double up. It snowed last night around 8pm and we woke up to a winter wonderland this morning. After walking down into Bingley to the Damart factory where I...

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Dec 6, 2017 - 53º51.40N 1º50.28W

With the help of 2 great Canal & River Trust blokes our ride up the 8 locks was very easy. We entered the 1st lock (1 of 3) at 9.45am Exited the 3rd lock at 10.15am, having travelled upwards by 30ft. Then after a short drive we entered the 1st of the 5 rise locks at 10.30am. The lock is filled by first opening the ground paddles Which allow the lock to be filled from the bottom up, once the water level has reached the top of the gate paddles they are also opened to finish filling it. We exited the top lock at 11.30, having risen...

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Dec 4, 2017 - Bingley

Only a couple of miles travelled this morning to Bingley We had a single lock, a double lock, a swing gate and an aquaduct to traverse. Plus a couple of quite low bridges to go under, which we luckily managed to do without having to dismantle the wheelhouse. Only a couple of inches to spare so it was a very slow nervous bit of the trip. Just a couple of miles but it took 3 hours to do it. After mooring up we walked along the tow path to check out the next set of locks which we are booked to travel through on Wednesday - the canal and...

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Dec 3, 2017 - Saltaire

Saltaire's Victoria Hall had a small market this afternoon leading into Christmas carols and Santa. We didn't stay for the carols and Santa, but we were very lucky to be able to go underneath the hall and see the workings of the Wurlitzer Organ while it was being played. Very impressive when it rises up from under the stage being played. It's very cramped underneath so we only got to put our heads inside the door, very impressive. It's all looked after by volunteers too.

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Dec 2, 2017 - Dori and the Outlaws

A free performance in the Saltaire Bandstand by Dori and the Outlaws, a country, blues band. Although a tad chilly to be sitting around we were greeted with free cup of mulled cranberry juice and mince pies (donations welcome!) We stayed for an hour and then the bones were starting to freeze up and we wanted to be back on board before it got dark. sunset at 11 minutes to 4 and dusk at 4.31 today. the band started at 2pm and we left around 3.15. A pleasant afternooon.

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Dec 1, 2017 - Slipsliding away!!

Yesterday afternoon there was a flurry of snow flakes - didn't last long but was very exciting. You can just see the flakes on the ground if you peer hard enough. This morning we went to visit the Saltaire village, but as we stepped off the boat we nearly went for a sixer - icy footpath everywhere. So we took it very gingerly and paid attention to where we were walking. Saltaire is a village built by Titus Salt and takes it's name from his surname and the river Aire which runs through the property. Mr Salt provided housing for his...

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Nov 28, 2017 - 53º50.19N 1º46.85W

Successfully through the double lock, we only managed to half fill the tank the water as the pressure was so slow it took 2 hours just to get half way!! and we needed to get moving to negotiate the next set of 3 locks. Field Locks were about 20 minutes from the last locks and we arrived there around 2.40pm. By the time we had worked our way up to the top lock it was almost dark - we had also been rained on with the most icy rain and wind and I haven't felt so cold in a very, very, very long time - I thought my fingers were icicles. It...

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Nov 26, 2017 - A weekend of firsts

We decided to rent a car for the day, so to make our way to Leeds Bradford Airport (only a few miles away) we decided to try Uber. After an initial hiccup we managed to secure a car and had a very enjoyable ride in a very clean car with a nice young driver. AT less than half the price of a taxi. Off we went to visit Marjorie and pick up our mail that she has been kindly collecting for us. Before we'd travelled too far we noticed the first falls of snow on the hillsides. It looks very pretty, just wish it wasn't so darned cold!!! We kept...

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Nov 25, 2017 - Another sunny day in paradise!

Yesterday our walk took us to the river again (same river as last time, just a couple of miles further upstream) We spotted a couple of ducks being swept downstream - no need for paddling - they were going quite quickly so who knows where they would have ended up. Today we walked along the tow path in the direction we're heading, so here's the next set of 2 locks only 100 metres from where we are moored at present. I'm sure this goose thinks it's a swan It hangs around with this group of swans all the time. Walking past the Canal &...

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