Thursday, 13 September 2012

The Big One (23-1)

Thursday the 13th of September 2012

York to Boroughbridge.

The weather cooled significantly overnight. But the boat was nice and warm because we lit the wood burner stove. The dogs seemed to be enjoying the additional warmth as well.  Two hot air balloons went over the city quite early this morning. I managed to grab a quick snap off the back deck before they disappeared over the line of the city walls. 

The Museum Gardens moorings are a very good spot for visitors. But there is one problem that can happen. The moorings are known for boats being cast adrift. As it is a river location, the consequences are significant. We took the additional precaution as most other boaters do here, of chaining the boat onto the moorings.

By 10:30 we were on our way. Overcast but no wind. The river had a good pull and so we were making a few hundred extra revs on the counter. We timed our arrival at Linton lock to coincide with Nb Poppy exiting the lock. The moorings for the lock were full, so we went straight into the lock and I climbed the ladder. It was just as well as the gate was the heaviest I have had to wrestle with, on our trip so far this year.

The Memsahib has tweaked her back and soi she was doing the steerage into the locks. Whilst I did the windlass twirling. Now we started the push up to Boroughbridge and Milby lock. The wind picked up and the clouds rolled in and we ended up putting up the pram cover whilst on the move. We arrived at Milby just as Nb Little Wren was about to leave the lock going in the same direction as us. 
A few days ago I blogged: "When I first started the blog I was a regular reader of Nb Granny Buttons (Andrew) Nb Balmaha (Mo and Ness). However both blogs now seem to be taking a break from the blogosphere.  Now I find my old blogmate on Wb Takey Teazy (Heth) is also  taking a break. 

It is surprising the number of boaty blogs that start out, full of good intentions that eventually fall by the wayside. There is a long list of dead, defunct  blogs with infrequent postings Here on my blog. Some of the MIA blogs have interesting posts and are worth a look."
Well I am pleased to report that "lo and behold" Heth on Takey Teazy has returned. I will not say welcome back - because.... well she was hardly away. But there were reasons for her change of heart and they are best read in her own words. Click Here

Wildlife: Most of the wildlife around York comes just after closing time in the early hours. When our senior citizens of the future (if the alcohol does not get them first) will be able to tell stories of the nights out they can't remember, to the grand kids they can't hear because they are deaf from the music sound levels. 

Real wildlife was in the form of several Kingfisher, a stunning Yellow Wagtail, many Long Tailed Tits and a Kite being seen off by a pack of Lesser Black Backed Gulls. 

Daily Total
Miles: 20.4
Locks: 2
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 6.4

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 1219.4
Locks: 855
Swing / Lift Bridges: 158
Tunnels. 22
Pump Outs: 13
Engine Hours: 2435.0


1 comment:

  1. Greetings Dear Comrade,

    Thank you so very much, & for your always witty comments. Oh I don't know what else to say! Can you believe that???

    PS: Cheqs in the post..

    From all at the TT wing of the manor :-)


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