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Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Shireoaks, Oxford, Sidcup, Horam

Lots of miles clocked up on our trip to Oxford to pick up J from Uni with all his belongings, his first year is over already. Then on to Sidcup to visit Ian's parents in the nursing home, before going back to Horam where we stayed in Karen's parents home.
Thursday morning I visited Reception Class at the school where I worked, it was great to see everyone there and catch up with their news.
Friday we made the return trip with L and J for the half-term holiday.
Willing crew on the locks from Shireoaks to the top of the canal at Norwood Tunnel, Kiveton Park.
We got to the top early afternoon, but Ian wasn't satisfied with having to wind (turn) the boat so far from the bricked up tunnel. So we backed the boat up to the end, in reverse with Ian using the pole to steer.
This is the way to do it.
That's as far as we can go.
The bricked up entrance
This little fella we met on the way, a bit camera shy.
Mandarin Duck

1 comment:

  1. Isn't the canal above Shireoaks beautiful? Hard work on the locks though through Thorpe, I'll bet you were glad of the help.

    The mandarin's been there for ages: he "adopted" a family of mallard chicks (against the wishes of their mum). More Mandarin pics
    (Replied on my blog)

    He's been up as far as Kiveton Park and down as far as Shireoaks. Beautiful bird.