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colin on August 30th, 2015

We arrive at Leicester a little apprehensive… we’d heard tales of narrowboaters having an unpleasant time with the locals. We tied up for a night a little short of the main part of town and had an uneventful night. Next day we continued to a pontoon mooring provided by the CRT right near the centre of town. Much more convenient to almost everything, and a Waterways key is necessary to gain access to the area. Nice and secure. From here we set out, Sandra in her buggy, me afoot, to …

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colin on June 18th, 2015

Nope. Nothing here. The Nicholsons Canal book says the Canal & River Trust (CRT) require two days notice to get into Liverpool. When you download the application form for Liverpool access, the form says 5 days notice is required. When we rang them on 16th June they said “We can fit you in on 5th July”. Duh. Australian ultralight pilots will note a certain kinship with the RAAUS. After waiting two and a half weeks to get from Kintbury to Newbury, and missing out altogether on the …

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colin on June 4th, 2015

Only a few miles along the Trent & Mersey from Middlewich is the Anderton Boat Lift. This is a remarkable piece of engineering which apparently can take two boats at a time from the T&M down to the River Weaver, 50 feet below, while at the same time take another two boats up from the river. I say “apparently” as it had broken a few days before we arrived there, and nobody had any idea when it would be fixed. Had we been able to get access to the Manchester Ship Canal (at …

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colin on October 21st, 2013

Finally, we’re away! On 20th October, we drove onto the ferry for the 22 hour crossing to Santander, Spain. I’ll let the video speak for itself, and add some more when I get time. Finding it really difficult to get internet access here in Spain. I bought an international card in the UK before we left, which doesn’t work. Tried unlocking the wifi gizmo before we left, that doesn’t work either. So I’m reduced to sponging off local libraries in our travels…. this …

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colin on June 1st, 2013

… quaint little village at the eastern end of Dartmoor, and is very popular with tourists, both in it’s own right, and because it’s the logical stepping-off point if you’re going to Hound Tor. Getting there was “interesting”…. often the access roads to these places are very narrow. Widecombe-in-the-moor is no exception; in many places the road was reduced to a one-lane track, with occasional passing places. More than once we were forced to stop in a passing …

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colin on December 2nd, 2012

… don’t know about airparks, the idea is that an existing airfield (or even a new airfield) has the land around it subdivided into individual building blocks and is sold to people who want the convenience of having their aeroplane in a hangar next to their home. Gatton is the foremost airpark in Australia, with 64 blocks around it, all with access to its’ 750 meter grass runway. On our block we built a lovely architect-designed 4 bedroom home with swimming pool. Behind the house is a …

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