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  • Day21

    Tassie Devils found in Manchester ...

    August 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    "Straight up this road then take the turn off to Carlisle and that will take you all the way to Manchester", said John as we were leaving his house after a most enjoyable stay. He was right, no problems and we were on the M6 to Manchester. A great drive, easy 130kph, (just keeping up with traffic) on 6 and sometimes 8 lane motorway. Even had time to call Bill, Isabel and Andy along the way.

    Mary's navigation skills came to the fore at the roundabouts around Manchester, some very complicated manoeuvres - but we made it to the Hotel without a miss - well done Mary.

    One of the highlights of this trip was to catch up again with relatives - Carl whose grandfather was my grandfathers brother and to meet up with Mandy and Lorraine, Carls' daughters and their families.

    After settling into the hotel we met, Carl, Lorraine, Andy and Nathan who took us on a sightseeing tour of the local area. We went for a walk through the Tandle Hill Country Park in Royton. It consists of approximately 110 acres, a combination of beech woodland and open grassland. On top of the hill you have a brilliant view of Manchester - but just down at the bottom of the hill you can see the Tandem Hill Tavern ...

    We had to drop in for a drink or two - I tried the "bumpy lane" - not bad. After that Carl invited us back to his house for coffee and to see his brilliant record collection. Very comforting to know that relatives enjoy their music as much as Mary and I do.

    We finished the day with a family dinner [curry] at a local restaurant and then back to the hotel. Like our last stay here, there was a wedding party in full progress but Mary & I were so tired - the noise hardly mattered.

    A quiet day is planned for tomorrow- Mary is keen to do some washing, me - I will re-pack my suitcase and fine out clothes I have with me that I haven't used yet!!

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  • Day22

    The dark side of a long holiday ...

    August 14, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Sunday, a day of rest, and we have a full day in Manchester to recharge our batteries, and the iPhone and the iPad and the Mac book and the camera, the list goes on. Also, Mary is still sore from her fall in Stockholm, I think she may have cracked a rib - I'll do my bit by trying not to make her laugh.

    Its a beautiful bright and sunny day in Manchester. I look to Mary to see what mischief we can get up to today when she says - "I need to do some washing". No problem, I'll find a laundrette, shove the clothes into a washing machine then the tumble drier - easy. Not so I find out.

    We started the day with a walk along the canal - a pleasant walk - could do with a cleanup, but we enjoyed ourselves. We found a laundrette, then I found a pub "The Boat and Horses" - nice place for lunch - very popular. I was amazed at how much potato & vegetable & Yorkshire pudding people could put on their plates when they ordered a half roast chicken !!!

    Back to the hotel for a rest after another walk around the nearby houses then it was off to the laundrette armed with £1 and 20p coins. Now people assume you know how to work these machines - we don't. Bought the soap, put it in the machine, throw in some clothes, select a wash that we think maybe right, close the lid and wait 40 minutes to see what happens.

    Okay, so we open the lid, clothes are still very wet and some have soap marks and grit lines in them ... there's no way Mary is going to use the dryers. Home we go to have a makeshift clothes line in our room - Mary is worried that management might throw us out - they didn't.

    In all a restful and peaceful day, and a happy Mary with a suitcase full of clean clothes. Being away for a long holiday means you have to do some washing sometime and it can be a real test of your ingenuity.

    Tomorrow, more of Manchester, visiting cemeteries and a family dinner to complete our visit here.

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  • Day23

    The Danes of Manchester

    August 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    While my Grandfather, his second wife, his brother [Uncle Puff], two sons and his nephew left India in 1947 [at the partition of India] and moved to Australia, another brother [Charles Edgar] eventually went to England and in his later years settled in Manchester. My grandfather and his family were probably more British than the British, and India at that time was not the place to be.

    Carl Dane, his two daughters, Lorraine and Amanda and son Carl are now the Danes of Manchester and I couldn't come to England and not visit them - a beautiful and loving family.

    We started the day with a trip to the City of Manchester. Not a long drive from our hotel in Oldham - around 25 minutes. Manchester is a real mix of buildings and spaces, some very old, some very new, some run down and some very smart. On our quick visit to the city we didn't get a good feel for the place - but you can't do everything.

    In the afternoon we visited the grave site of Marie Dane [2011] as well Charles [1970] and Jane Dane [1971].

    Time for a farewell to the Danes and of course we all got together in a Curry Restaurant thanks to Carl Dane. A great night and fond memories.

    Tomorrow we are off to Birmingham - only a 2 hour drive down the road.

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  • Day77

    The road levitates

    July 23, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    We get up early, as our breakdown service could arrive any time from 8am; it's after 10 that the local RCR man turns up, though.
    After efficiently cutting away several metres of popup tent pole and nylon sheeting, Pelangi has a free-running engine again! A whole tent had been dumped in the lock, and we'd been the ones to help bring it out again... but in tattered pieces!
    Our annual membership of CRC has paid for itself more than once over the years, and today, though the delay has been frustrating, we are very glad of the cover it provides.

    We continue through Failsworth, and at one lock, near a busy road and shopping centre, three children come over to the lockside and start asking questions about Pelangi. Do we live on our boat? Are there beds? Can we cook things?
    One question asked is a strange one that we've heard before - How do you get food?... as if we're somehow permanently tied to our boat and can't ever get away to do normal things; like shopping!
    Continuing upwards, the locks and pounds are often very shallow and Pelangi's hull can be heard scraping on the canal bottom. Chris is now using gearbox neutral and drifting into the locks, and we inevitably bump against the far lock gates before tying up. The idea is to reduce the risk of another serious fouling of our propellor.
    We approach the massive M62 flyover, which beneath, has a tight turn into a narrow tunnel. In this tunnel is an unusual feature - a floating towpath. Even the shorter canal tunnels are too long and dark to safely accommodate a tow path; but a very short tunnel such as under a motorway, can be lit and have enough width for a narrowboat and the towpath, complete with handrail. The canal guidebooks mention that any widebeam boats wanting to use this route, must phone CRT in advance of their navigation, so that the towpath can be floated out of the tunnel to provide enough width for the bigger boat!

    After another mile, we decide to look for a suitable overnight mooring. But first comes bridge no. 75A, named Grimshaw Lane Vertical Lift Bridge. We are perfectly familiar with the standard Lift bridge; there's a two-way road one at Aldermaston Wharf, about 5 miles west of Reading. These bridges are hinged at one end and have one or two giant hydraulic rams to lift the road to a 60 degree angle, and then lower the bridge after the boat is through. A waterways key, which most boaters carry, is used to unlock the electrical controls that set the bridge's automatic operation in motion.
    Jo has no idea what to expect when she presses Raise on the control panel for this Vertical lift bridge (No. 75A). After the road barriers come down, Jo's eyes start popping out of her head!! Four giant rams are slowly elevating the bridge - the whole 2-lane road - to about 6 feet above the normal road level. It looks to Chris, as he steers beneath it, that Pelangi is passing between the legs of a giant alien spaceship! This experience is so unlike any other bridge shifting that we've encountered. We laugh when wondering what it looks like to the waiting motorist.
    Any other types of lift bridge that we need to know about, anyone?!
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