Beautiful hot sunny days - so out have come the shorts, sandals and shades - yes, even Dai is wearing shorts (but not sandals after last year when he did and burnt his ankles badly!).
Had fish and chips twice this week from Bizzie Lizzie’s in Skipton - once when moored there and today when we walked 4.5 miles there and 4.5 miles back along the towpath - well they are good !!
We are now moored at Gargrave and spent last 3 days walking (1) on part of the Pennine Way (2) towpath to East Marton (next village to West) and (3) to Skipton (next town to East). Tomorrow I am insisting on a rest day just sitting in the sun! Lovely walks though as we are in the Yorkshire Dales and where better for glorious scenery.
Now we are proper liveaboards ---- I have two planters on the roof. One with pansies and one with that “cut and come again” lettuce. Oh, and we also have a smaller planter with thyme as Dai uses so much in cooking.
Heard this last week that BW are starting water restrictions from May 3 on the Leeds & Liverpool, so reducing the amount of water pumped in from the reservoirs and putting time restrictions on flights of locks as and when necessary. They certainly need to do something as we have definitely noticed the water levels are fluctuating by as much as 6 inches from day to day. A lot of the lock gates are leaking like fury and in a stretch of “bendy wendy”canal just up from Gargrave there are signs every few yards saying “bad leak”. We wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this particular canal closed again this summer just like it was last year because of lack of water, especially as there hasn’t been a lot of rain these last few months.
Counted one mammy duck yesterday with about 30 babies (give or take one or two as they were flitting all over the place). Never seen so many with one mammy - think she must be the auntie who babysits all day!
We’re going to stay put in Gargrave now until after Easter (we are on a 14 day mooring) as no doubt it will be mega busy over the long weekend. Enjoy the Holidays everyone and don’t eat too many Easter Eggs (send them to me instead as I bet I won’t get even one otherwise!!)
Since last blog we have done … 5 miles and 3 locks
Total since Setting Off ….. 1118 miles and 949 locks
|one reason the Leeds & Liverpool Canal has water shortage problems|
|Foxxie loving the sunshine ... but where's yer shades??|
|ice cream tug at Skipton|