Friday, 10 June 2016

We don't know how lucky we are.....

Well we are continuing on our European adventure. 
 
I can't help but think that if we vote for brexit. I wonder how long it will be before the French - give us the usual 'Non' and a shrug. When we go back cap-in-hand to see if we can rejoin.









How bad is it in the EU?

Well this was our 'overnight mooring' just a few days ago. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I can't help but think that CaRT could teach the French a great deal about organising, maintaining and running an inland waterway infrastructure. 









The state of the lock at Graz Neuville on the River Mayenne is a typical example.
















 
The lack of maintenance must be a serious concern on the French inland waterways. 

















The lock cottage is another typical example of buildings that could be sold off to make a profit.










The locks also have a Keb available. It must cost a fortune in replacement Keb's and be a thieves paradise.










The rubbish disposal points are overly provided with recycling bins. To segregate plastic, glass, cans - which could easily be disposed of into the river or canal. Why segregate from the general household rubbish, when one monthly emptied Biffa bin would suffice.







The waterpoint are also provided with hose pipes. It must be a thieves paradise and cost a fortune in replacement pipes.




The removal of overhanging trees and bushes from the canal and riverside must be costing a fortune. The French must be missing out on the joys of fallen trees blocking the canals as well as the lack of seasonal maintenance stoppages.







The locks as you can see are maintained at too high a level and could save a fortune if they are allowed to embrace the CaRT fix on fail mantra.




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We don't know how lucky we are.....

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

French Letter (27)

A Road Less Travelled
'A French Letter'


7th of June 2016

Grez Neuville.

This is a fantastic and beautiful location on the river Mayenne – Located some 20 miles from its confluence with the River Loire. With a large old water powered mill as well as a flood lock between the river and the canal.



At the lock there is equipment such as a keb available. There are flower beds and boxes everywhere. The general state of the lock equipment is well kept and in good order. The lock side houses are kept in good order. The lock keepers house is one of the larger ones at Grez Neuvillle. The property is being shared as a restaurant as well as a lock keepers abode.

There was a 'fairground' being set up and the 'Aires' is being press ganged into use for storing fairground vehicles for a few days.   Also the weather has closed in a bit and so we have decided to move on again tomorrow.


Monday, 6 June 2016

French Letter (26)

A Road Less Travelled
'A French Letter'


6th June 2016



Grez Neuville



I must admit that its hard not to draw a comparison of the canals and rivers in France and the UK. A few days ago while walking over the bridge into Grez Neuville to visit the Boulanger (bread shop). We saw some rubbish piled up near a full skip. (the dustbin men are on strike) Its unusual to see dumped rubbish or litter in the towns and villages.

It was then that we realised - there was a distinct lack of litter floating in the canals or scattered on the towpath. But it does not end there, Its the same with the lack of graffiti on bridges and other structures. However, we did notice that noticeboards are conveniently provided for 'Bill Stickers' to use. 



While walking the towpath, we saw a little old lady come out of her house on the waterside. Change the 'dog poo bin liner' for a new one, dump the old one in a nearby skip before returning back indoors. That's another thing - its also very noticeable there is no dog shit on the towpaths either.

We stopped overnight again at Grez Neuville

Sunday, 5 June 2016

A French Letter (25)

A Road Less Travelled
'A French Letter'


5th June 2016

A much warmer day with broken cloud for the first time for over a week. The sun was quite strong at times. People come and go in the 'Aires' and there is an eclectic mix of English, French and German motor home owners on site today.

Next weekend is the La Mans 24 hour race. So we now plan to go to Graz Neuville 'Aires' for a few days and then moving on after a day or two to one of the Angers 'Aires.' Before making our way north east towards Le Mans for the 24 hour sports car race. 

 

There is a large speed boat being transported on a trailer to the lake at the weekends. Its used to give rides to kids at high speed around the lake. The result of this is that very large waves are created that disturb the enjoyment of the fishermen. It seems a shame because a more 'user friendly' learn to sail type of course is not offered to the kids as an alternative.

Stop Press: 'The tennis final was a 1-3 party pooper after having a good start in the first set by Andy Murray.' It was a very entertaining and enthralling match.


We have decide that tomorrow the time will be right to move on, to our next destination at  Grez Neuville.


French Letter (24)

A Road Less Travelled
'A French Letter'


Saint Aubin de Pouancè,

5th June 2016

A much warmer day with broken cloud for the first time for a week. The sun was quite strong at times. People come and go in the 'Aires' and there is a mix of English, French and German motor home owners on site today.

Next weekend is the La Mans 24 hour race. So we now plan to go to Graz Neuville 'Aires' for a few days and then moving on after a day or two to one of the Angers 'Aires.' Before making our way north east towards Le Mans for the 24 hour sports car race. 

 

There is a large speed boat being transported on a trailer to the lake at the weekends. Its used to give rides to kids at high speed around the lake. The result of this is that very large waves are created that disturb the enjoyment of the fishermen. It seems a shame because a more 'user friendly' learn to sail type of course is not offered to the kids as an alternative.

Stop Press: 'The tennis final was a 1-3 party pooper after having a good start in the first set by Andy Murray.' It was a very entertaining and enthralling match.