Tuesday, November 17, 2015

My old Gralyn blog seems to have been hijacked

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Stone to Rugely

Locks 6 Miles 14.9

Taking on water at Stone. The main town area is behind the willow tree and star Lock is under the bridge

I suppose it was to be expected, after a good day with boat travelling in the opposite direction, today we were queuing at most locks to get through to Rugely. The sun came out which made the waiting bearable but no pics today so I will try and upload the ones I couldn't upload yesterday.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Etruria to Stone

Locks 13 Miles 9.7
A good run today at last we are seeing other boats on the cut, fortunately at locks where we can halve the effort of locking by using the lock after a boat has left it or by leaving a lock for another boat to use.
The following pictures are of some pottery kilns that are still visible in Stoke -on-Trent.
These two now stand alone in the midst of a housing development.

How long this one will keep is factory surroundings is anyone's guess.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Bosley Top to Etruria

Locks 13 Miles 14.8 1 long Tunnel

I have worn two hats today one to keep off the rain and one to keep off the sun. The day startedwith some sunshine to see us down Bosley locks. Every lock was already full and locks 8,9,10 & 12 even had their gates open. It made me feel quite guilty using 12 locksworth of water to make our descent, no-one coming up to take ovr the empties either. Harecastle tunnel was similar straight in as no one was waiting at either end, took 35 mins to get through.

Thursday 13 June 2013
High Lane to Bosley Top
Locks 0 Miles 12.3 1 Swing Bridge

At least we set off in the dry. The forecast all week was for rain on Thursday and this was the week they got it right. We got as far as Whiteley Green before the rain started and it was a downpour all the way through Bollington. As all the photos from my previous years blogs appear to be lost in PICASA I was hoping to get plenty of up-to-date photographs of local places as well as some from further afield without repeating what I had done in earlier blog postings. At the moment the rain has kept the camera inside.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Gralyn for Sale

As stated in my last post we have decided to sell GRALYN at the end of our cruise to the Thames this year. I will be advertising the fact in the windows inviting interested parties to request a leaflet with further details. The leaflet also has some photographs of the inside on the back but to do them justice as far as size goes I can only get four pictures on the page. There are several that I took that show some of the internal features more closely and I have included an invite on the leaflet to look here to see more

I have just been reviewing the blog before I start on the 2013 trip report and it looks like I didn't finish last years trip report and I seem to have lost all the pictures. I will look into this and see what I can do to catch up and find the pictures.
In the meantime we are getting ready for our summer trip, this year it is to be our final long outing in Gralyn as we have decided to sell the boat at the end of this years cruising season.
The reason we are so late setting off is  medical appointment for the friends we hope to travel with. If all is well we should be off by the 12 June

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday 10 August 2012

Dover Lock to Dunham Massey
Miles21.5, Locks 0 Lift Bridges 1
An early start today to get to Plank Lane Lift Bridge before "Rush Hour" starts at 8 am. Then a short stop in Leigh for groceries and then on into the heat of the day and the long booring runs to Worsley through Trafford Park and Sale. We were amazed that as we were going over the Barton swing bridge we met two boats coming in the opposite direction. There is still not a good enough connection for pictures but they will come.
Yesterday Thursday 9 August 2012
Duttons Farm to Dover Lock
Miles 12.7 Locks 8 Swing Bridges 2
We have come through Wigan today and are on the Leigh Branch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. We spent the day travelling behind a couple from Wales who had been on the Lancaster Canal for 2 months. The lady was working the locks with the "Help" of her 2 young grandchildren so wre very slow . We met up with them at each lock and helped them through..

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Wednesday 8 August 2011

Melling to Burscough
Miles 14.5, Swing bridges 8
We stayed at bridge 10 near Melling last night and set off early to do the 12 miles to Bridge 31 before noon when the CaRT (BW) staff operating the lock, because of a control panel failure, went off for he afternoon. We made that and stopped briefly in Burscough to visit the shops and have lunch. After we went on to moor opposite Duttons farm near Bridge 35. M and B went to look at the reconstruction of a neolithic hut in the field opposite. They came back full of praises for the site which is the work of the owner after the discovery of several sites in the field where there was evidence that huts had been built there.
Liverpool to Melling
Miles 12.2 Locks 6 Swing bridges 3
A Rainy day for our departure hence no pictures. Apart from the weather the trip went well and we once again had the fun of navigating the deep docks as we made our way to Stanley dock locks. Once on the Leeds and  Liverpool canal we had a problem with plastic bags on the prop and one got on so badly that
we had to stop and go down the weed hatch to get it off.
I will try and get some photos of the Liverpool visit ready for tomorrow.

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