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I'm Fred. I arrived on the scene in 2002 in a paper bag. I was given as a birthday present. I live with "Him" and "Her". I spend a lot of time on my shelf above their bed thinking. We also spend quite a lot of our time on our Narrowboat "Jophina II" . My blog is about my thoughts and experiences.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The trip continued

On Sunday he got up early and set off at 0730 down the New Junction Canal. As he didn't have a crew (apart from me) he had to do all the Lift Bridges and Locks himself. By lunchtime we were in Thorne where L and her boyfriend Nik joined us. He was grateful for their help.

We got to the Vazon Railway bridge near Keadby by about 4pm only to find that it was out of order. This bridge is now unique in that it carries two railway tracks across the canal and slides diagonally to allow boats to pass. Anyway, we had to wait for Network Rail to fix it and eventually got to Keadby at 8pm.

We then went home for a day and returned to the boat on Monday night. Yesterday (Tuesday) He and C went through Keadby Lock on to the tidal Trent to West Stockwith where he made a bit of a mess of getting into the lock. He says he misjudged the wind and tide but when He shouted "Hold on" I knew it was time to hide. We made it and after five more hours we reached out home mooring at Clayworth where we were picked up.

River Trent - M180 bridge

Chesterfield Canal

Saturday, 14 August 2010


It's his birthday today which I suppose means it's mine too. Well I arrived on his birthday in 2002 so that's the closestI have to one!.

We woke up in Leeds whee they gave him presents before we set off. We arrived at Lemonroyd Marina about lunchtime where they all left leaving him to carry on alone with the boat. We ended up at Southfied Junction on the New Junction Canal. A bit of a long day.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Back in Leeds

We left Skipton on Monday and arrived in Leeds on Thursday afternoon. It was a pleasant journey and here are some photos He took along the way.

Monday, 9 August 2010


We've spent three days in Skipton and liked it very much. They have been to Bolton Abbey, shopping, eating out and generally mooching about while I looked after the boat.
These are some pictures of Bolton Abbey.

To get there they went on an old Diesel train. It should have been steam but unfortunately that wasn't working.

Friday, 6 August 2010


We moved on to Skipton today in showery rain. We are moored up right in the centre. It's a really nice town and they have already been to the shops. Fish and Chips for tea! Yum!!
There's only three of us now; L went home yesterday.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

The Bingley 5 Rise

From Rodley we moved on to Shipley where they met up with friends and went out for a meal. They didn’t take me!
This morning they went to look at Saltaire and at Salts Mill they did some shopping before moving on. The fist lock we got to was a single, the second a double and the third the Bingley 3 rise (triple). Then it was on to one of the wonders of the waterways; the Bingley 5 rise (five locks in a staircase) which lifts the canal over 60ft. It took about a hour to get up under the watchful eye of three lock keepers.
Here are some photos of the day

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Through Leeds

We had a busy day today working through locks on the way out of Leeds. I lost count of how many but it was quite a few. They were all so busy nobody took any pictures.
We are moored up in Rodley for the night.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Royal Armouries

They came back yesterday and we moved from Lemonroyd to Clarence Dock in Leeds.
We've spent the day moored up outside the Royal Armouries museum and they all went there and enjoyed it. Tonight they have been for a curry at a restaurant right behind where the boat is moored.


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