I am Linda and along with my husband Richard and our dog Muffin we enjoy our summers on the UK's canal system

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Monday 2nd July

I woke up feeling much better thank goodness. It was a nice morning so we set off down the remaining 14 locks. As the bottom gates have no stepway across them we worked the locks together with Richard doing one side and me the other. I would then hop back on the boat before she got too low. After the boat went down Richard could cross using the boat roof and as I went out of the lock I would lock tail for him to cross over the boat to close the other gate – clever eh?

It didn’t take us long to get back to Shireoaks Marina where we had decided to stay for the rest of the day – just as well as it poured with rain most of the afternoon. As we arrived there was a boat being craned into the marina, apparently it was the third boat to be put in. We took the opportunity to give the shower a good clean! Richard has to take the doors off so that someone can get into the shower to wash the walls down – I usuall
y do that bit but he offered to do the whole lot – I didn’t object!

During the afternoon we were disturbed by a row between two boat owners! Goodness only knows what was going on but they almost came to blows and one chucked a log that had been on the pontoon and a bucket into the canal – the log was recovered later but the bucket was never seen again!

We had an early dinner then went for a walk as it had dried up. Shireoaks is a very pretty village which takes its name from a giant oak tree which cast its shade into Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and which was said to have measured 94 feet in circumference! The 5th Duke of Newcastle gave the money to build miner’s cottages following the sinking of the coal pit which brought 600 men to the area.

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