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Clive & Melanie Morris - Narrowboat Folkies



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Friday January 25th 2013 - Foxton basin, Leicestershire

Posted by clivenmel on 25 January, 2013 at 7:45

Well, Happy New Year everyone! Ok so its a bit late but this is the first blog of 2013.  Before I start I am sorry to say that our web provider has once again decided to "improve" the format so I am now unable to centre photographs or resize them or anything - if it ain't broke why fixt it - I wish they wouldn't keep doing this!!!

The last blog was done on December 19th before Christmas just as we had installed Lady Arwen in her berth at Debdale Wharf Marina. We managed to pack a...

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Wednesday December 19th 2012 - Debdale Wharf Marina

Posted by clivenmel on 19 December, 2012 at 7:15

Apologies for the tardiness of this blog but we have had internet issues which precluded blogging - more of that later.  This is also the second attempt at the blog, I spent two hours typing and downloading photographs the other day and just as I had almost got to the end I must have hit a magic key combination because it reloaded the page and wiped the lot!  No way to retrieve it, I was gutted!  So, here we go again - the last blog of 2012!


Monday Novemer 5t...

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Saturday 03 November 2012 - near Hopwas

Posted by clivenmel on 3 November, 2012 at 7:50

Well we ended up not going to the Anchor Pub after all, there didn't appear to be any other boats moored outside and we thought perhaps there wasn't going to be any music after all.  Plus, to be honest, neither of us could be bothered to go out!  Clive nipped down for a wee pint the following lunch time and learned that there had been a bit of music the night before but there were only a couple of musicians.  So we left The Anchor behind us and headed down to Norbury Junction w...

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September 29th 2012 - The Anchor Inn, Shropshire Union Canal

Posted by clivenmel on 29 September, 2012 at 9:10

Well we have had many ups and downs since the last blog! What a month its been!

We finally tore ourselves away from Chester and headed back along the Shroppie to Nantwich.  It was a fairly uneventful trip apart from me sustaining an injury at one of the locks on the way!  I was just lowering the rear paddle when my hand slipped off the windlass and it spun round very fast and whacked me on the back of my right hand - OUCH!  I was wearing gloves at the time but...

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August 25th 2012 - Chester

Posted by clivenmel on 25 August, 2012 at 10:00

Well there has been lots of water and lots of bridges since the last blog!

We finally tore ourselves away from the Huddersfield area and headed down the Huddersfield Narrow back to Portland Basin where we filled up with diesel at the marina there.  We turned left back onto the Peak Forest canal and moored up once more in that lovely spot amongst the trees where we had been stuck for a week back in May waiting for Lock 1W to reopen.  The following day we continued o...

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Tuesday July 17th 2012 - Staley Bridge

Posted by clivenmel on 17 July, 2012 at 9:10

Well!  To cut a long story short.................well, shortish!

The last blog had us just arriving at the top of the Bosley Flight and a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, so to speak!  We made our way along the Macclesfield Canal to Marple, we then headed down the Marple Flight of locks, which was very hard work as every single lock was against us, also the weather was pretty grotty as well, shame really because it is a pretty flight and the sce...

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May 13th 2012 - top of the Bosley Flight, Macclesfield Canal

Posted by clivenmel on 13 May, 2012 at 9:05

Monday April 23rd 2012 - we left our mooring, went around a bend and there ahead of us was Foulridge Tunnel.  This tunnel is one way working only, that means that boats can't pass in the tunnel so it has a traffic light system.  We had to wait a few minutes for them to turn GREEN on the half hour and then we had just half an hour to get through the tunnel before the lights changed again, fortunately we did it in 20!  A short time after emerging from the tunnel we arrived at the...

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April 22nd 2012 - Foulridge Wharf near Barnoldswick

Posted by clivenmel on 22 April, 2012 at 14:35

We left Cooper Bridge and cruised on down to Mirfield and then on to Shepley Bridge where fortunately we found a mooring.  We got settled in then walked up to Martyn and Cani's for 6.00pm.  We had a really wonderful evening, Cani is a wonderful cook (well she is a chef really and is used to cooking for huge numbers of people!).  We had tapas to start with followed by a magret du canard (duck breast to you!).  It was really great to spend the evening with them, there was lo...

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April 2nd 2012 - Cooper Bridge, not far from Huddersfield

Posted by clivenmel on 2 April, 2012 at 9:35

Well folks we are finally off on our travels once more!  As I promised in the last one I am going to start posting a regular blog from now on.

Just to fill you in on the last few weeks, Clive celebrated his 60th birthday in style with a lovely party attended by family and friends, some of whom travelled quite a distance to be there.  For example Heather and Les drove over from Nantwich, Josie and Chris from Liverpool, Shirley and Barry from Cranfield, Bedfordshire ...

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February 19th 2012

Posted by clivenmel on 19 February, 2012 at 8:20

Surprise, surprise - we're still here!  This is a very short blog just to bring you up to speed!

I am very sorry that there has been no activity on the blog since the beginning of September, the simple fact is that we arrived in Huddersfield, moored up in Aspley Marina and basically hit the floor running and haven't stopped since!  Its been a constant flow of visitors; visiting; dining out; parties; Christmas; New Year, etc etc  We are back in our hometow...

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