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Oct 13, 2018 - Wind

We didn't get to leave yesterday as the wind came up and hasn't died down yet. We were down at the lock earlier and this boat came through. They're filming something for the tv apparently. It was being pushed along by a bloke in a tender, so they were cheating! These are 2 of Sam & Joan's little Yorkshire terriers. It's a bit crowded in their narrow boat 9with 5 dogs and 4 adults. Of course, the dogs get the best seats!!! It's 1 year today since we set off on our travels from Newark marina.

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Oct 11, 2018 - Sawley

We're now at Sawley - the township of Sawley is in Derbyshire, but we are on the canal beside the River which separates Derbyshire and Leicestershire. We're on the Leicestershire side. We're moored opposite the Sawley Marina where our friends Sam & Joan have their narrow boat moored for the winter. So, whilst in the area we are catching up with them. Sam (Father Christmas!!!) is relatively new to boating - we met them in Newark Marina when they had their boat put in the water last October. So he was telling Tony he couldn't reverse the...

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Oct 9, 2018 - Erewash Canal

We walked around the corner to the entrance ofthe Erewash Canal. We intend totraverse this canal on our return from Leicester. This houseboat ain't goin' nowhere!!!! There are quite a few "static" houseboats on this short stretch. Tonight's sunset was very nice....

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Oct 8, 2018 - Holy Moly

We set off this morning and almost immediately had to stop again as there was something around the prop. Turned out to be someones hoodie. So off we go again and get under the first bridge then had to stop and take the wheelhouse down for the second bridge! Off to a good start eh. There were several more low bridges to follow. We are at the end of the very short Cranfleet Canal, near Trent Lock,there are several deviations from the River Trent by the short canal systems. The flood level guage gave us a bit of a shock - can't believe the...

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Oct 7, 2018 - Wheelhouse down

Setting off this morning we encountered the obstacle course of paddleboarders, yachts racing and rowers. That's Sunday morning for you around the Water Sports Centre. Brought back memories of Sydney Harbour !! Once we reached the canal lock we took the wheelhouse apart and had 11 low bridges and 2 locks to go before we moored outside the Sainsbury's shopping centre. Plus a couple of sharp bends and numerous fishing people along the way....

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Oct 6, 2018 - Rain

Today we moved back to the National Water Sports Centre to fill up with water - that's the closest water point to us. It's also the slowest tap we've come across so far!! So we sat for almost 2 hours while it filled! we had quite a lot of rain overnight and it's rained lightly for most of the day. this is a link to a video that Tony took with his gopro camera last week of the white water rafters. https://youtu.be/76cMFrckE2M And this is a phot he took todayof a couple of guys going into the river behind us.

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Oct 5, 2018 - Goose Fair

People have been telling us about the Goose Fair which is on for 4 days this week. The Nottingham Goose Fair is one of the most famous and prestigious fairs in the UK. This much-anticipated annual event takes place over four days in the first week of October at the Forest Recreation Ground. Visitors travel from across Nottinghamshire and surrounding counties to enjoy fairground rides, burgers, hot dogs, candyfloss and to soak up the atmosphere. Interestingly, the Goose Fair started out as a trade event and known, amongst other things, for...

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Oct 4, 2018 - Nottingham

So far we're disappointed in Nottingham. We walked to the castle the other day only to find it closed for the next 2 years for renovation. The caves, which are something I was very interested in seeing, are also closed for 2 years!!! We are moored on the River Trent near the Trent Bridge Cricket ground. The canal runs through town and we're going to attempt to go up it in a couple of days. There are some very low bridges so it could be interesting! ...

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Oct 4, 2018 - Back in business

I'm back on line with a new tablet after the other one died. Just learning all the new things about it-after 5 years with old one things have changed somewhat. We departed Newark and thankfully this large log was out of our way. Wouldn't be very pleasant running into that. We stopped at Farndon for a couple of nights - these boats were across the river from us. This is the first black swan we've seen here and it was swimming around with a white swan and 3 youngsters. Would like to see what colour they turn out to be when they lose...

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Sep 29, 2018 - Dead as a door nail!

My Samsung tablet died the other day so until I get a new one next week I can't upload photos. We left Newark on Tuesday and have stopped at a couple of locks along the way. We're now at Holme lock just before Nottingham. We're moored beside the national water sports centre where there's a white water course and rowing course. Tony took some videos with the gopro so I will probably have a link to that also.

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Aug 14, 2016 - Nottingham by the beach

It was very funny to see that right in the centre of Nottingham the Old Market Square has been converted to a beach with sand and deck chairs. There was also a paddling pool, funfair rides and beach bar, along with live music and entertainment. I didn't think it was very warm but the locals were certainly out and about enjoying it. We also visited a very, very old pub. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham is one of several pubs in England which claim to be the oldest. The pub building rests against Castle Rock upon which Nottingham...

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May 5, 2016 - Journey's End

Having seen 1000 people embarking in Hong Kong, we should have been ready for the organisational chaos of 2000 people disembarking in Southampton...... As before, the majority of issues were caused by Mr and Mrs Ignore-ant, who clearly think that all the prior information about disembarkation procedures is for everyone else, not them, and just do their own thing and then complain when things are not what they expect, and Mr and Mrs Oblivious, of whom there were MANY, who seem to have no idea that stopping a large trolley of their own cases...

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