…anyone would think it was Las Vegas (not the KL Mines Resort City).
I was very impressed by how the shopping centre in Banbury has integrated the canal.
Tooley’s Boatyard can be found nestled under the huge, modern building.
I love the forge. I guess it was probably moved and rebuilt?
Our friend from Oxford Cruisers, Steve Malpus, used to work on the Canal du Nivernais – so it was extra interesting to go on a boat trip.
The canal was built to increase the amount of wood that could be floated down to Paris from the Morvan. The canal links the Loire to the Yonne. Today, it’s mostly used by pleasure traffic.
I thought this boat house was rather splendid.
Most of the canal is wider than ones that I’m used to in the UK.
The canal is kept in good condition – as you can see from this shot of the bank.
Our cruise was down a narrow part of the canal, with lots of tunnels.
I DO like industrial architecture.
The light at the end of the tunnel!
The Boy was rather taken with the boat’s rear view mirror!
There’s a story connected with this bridge, but I was unable to get the gist of it.
[The Boy tells me it was built for a farmer to get his cows across – and there was me thinking it was something romantic!]
We didn’t get to see much wildlife – but there were lots of dragonflies…
…and this nice woolly dog!
On Saturday, The Boy, Fr Rattue, Dr Bones and I ambled (via a very nice pub lunch) down to Devizes Wharf, so that Dr Bones could meet up with Maffi.
It was a lovely, sunny day and while we waited for Maffi to hove into view, we had an ice-cream.
What a shame we chose to sit next to the pump out station!
I was distracted by these beautiful reflections.
Here they are in situ.
We had a wander and found this nice gate…
…and these allotments.
But wait? Who’s this?
It’s Maffi! See that black bag? It’s got a dead heron in it…don’t ask…
He needs a haircut don’t you think?
Thank you for the tea Maffi. Goodbye to you and the doll. Is she waving goodbye or is that a fascist salute?
Skipton is a lovely market town – it recently won the ‘fave Yorkshire market town’ poll in the ‘Yorkshire Post’. One of its many charms is the Leeds-Liverpool canal that runs slap bang through the town.
This chap looked very happy. Take a close look at the sign on the front of his boat.
The town also has a castle, built in Norman Northern ‘harrowing’ (read genocide) days.
This ginger urchin was having fun as well. This cries out for a caption competition!
But, not as much as this! One of the worst pics of me EVER! Still the ice-cream was good.