Friday, 17 April 2009

Skipton, Leeds and Liverpool Canal

We left Gargrave very early with the sun peeking through the mist, but it didn't last long. Soon it was really cold.

Arriving in Skipton we initially had to moor up with just the stern and the centre ropes tied up but eventually as boats moved off we manoeuvred ourselves opposite to the boatyard.

Wednesday was a "rest day", and on Thursday we took the train to Carlisle up over the moors. A spectacular trip and well worth the detour.

Today we got the electric button panel fixed on the toilet and two new taps in the bathroom washbasin, we also replaced the gas bottle (finally), had a pumpout and got some diesel. Then we were visited by Janet and Kevin who came over from Holmfirth and we took them out for lunch. Janet designed Mr David and Kevin and his crew built it - and we are still all friends after 10 years!!

While we were up on the top in the windy bits of the canal I saw this post. The round pole was able to turn like a rolling pin. I didn't really think anything about it, but as I was walking back I was following a couple of blokes and one was explaining to the other what it was. It was to protect the wall from the rope being pulled by the horse!

After our visitors left we moved off into the countryside as the locals all said that Skipton now gets a bit rowdy at the weekends. What a shame. It is such a lovely town and used to be one of the safer places to moor up.

After only 3 days in town the Spring was really springing. Lots of trees were now bursting and there were at least 3 sets of ducklings in the water on the way.

Three cards - all on the same theme really. Eller is Ian's boat (Pennine Cruisers) and is a modern built Leeds and Liverpool Short Boat (I think that's what it's called).

I cut out the frame on the CraftRobo and just added some red ribbon.

This is a picture of the hotel boat that works from Skipton. It is called Me and my Shadow. Shadow being the little butty on the back. That way they get a 70ft boat (ish) in the short locks on the L&L.

The yellow card was Cuttlebugged and matted onto blue card. I tore the bottom edges at an angle and wrapped some blue cord around it.

Finally a picture of Leo the small trip boat that goes up to the castle. The big green panel was Cuttlebugged again.

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