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

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Monday 9th July

We woke up after a nice peaceful night – I say this as when we passed Felicitas this morning they told us that there had been all kinds of fun and games during the night! Apparently a car had been driving around and then there was a fire – all this and we slept through it!

We passed through Stainforth which was very pretty around the canal and were soon at Bramwith Swing Bridge which was soon followed by Bramwith Lock. After Bramwith we passed the junction with the New Junction Canal which we will go up on our return. There is an aqueduct over the River Don just up from the junction which is prone to flooding from the river so has guillotine gates which were closed. It would have been interesting to have gone up and had a look but we didn’t! Barnby Lift Bridge is a big one with two way traffic – it gave me a sense of power stopping all the traffic on that one! Just down from the bridge we pulled over for lunch and to try and get the sheets dry. The weather really hasn’t bothered me until today and getting the washing dry is becoming a nightmare. I put the sheets on the airer and of course the rain started shortly afterwards – they were pretty much dry but once again the radiators had to go on. I’ve still got towels to wash but the forecast is showing a couple of nice days for Wednesday and Thursday but we will see!

As we approached Doncaster Richard pulled over onto the grottiest visitor mooring ever as he was fed up of the rain! There is only room for one boat and you are told to breast up which we had to do. Eventually the rain stopped so we moved up to the lock but discovered that it wasn’t operating as the river above was in flood – aaaaaaaagh! We went back and moored up against Flying Heron again and settled down for the night.

I couldn't resist this photo of a very neglected motor cruiser - the weeds are actually growing out of the boat itself!

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