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same as it ever was
First two weeks of cruise 2009 
29th-Jul-2009 05:18 pm
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We spent the first 8 days in port. I wanted Ron's head to heal as the risk of 'falling in the water' is greater once we're on the move.

Internal shots of narrowboat

front cabin looking towards front deck

Front cabin looking through the bathroom to the rear of boat. Ron is on the bench that pulls out to make a 4ft double bunk.

Rear cabin Looking towards the rear door, across the galley and rear cabin. The breakfast table is hinged beneath a pull-down single bunk (full 3feet wide)

Fruit and flowers in the galley.

Cherries from a tree in the Port de Plaisance.


Sky II being craned back in after 2 weeks of painting and repairs.

The first part of the summer cruise was spent in the company of Linda and Eric and their narrowboat The Last Farthing.

Leaving St Quentin Port de Plaisance in May.

St Quentin Canal.

NB Last Farthing
Narrowboat The Last Farthing

Two narrowboats, travelling together on the French Waterways.

going up
going up Passing through a lock on the Oise. Spotty roof in need of the finishing stages of a re-paint.

bollard roping
bollard roping We're almost at the top of the lock. Just one more 'boat hook under rope, flip off bollard, reach to next bollard and place rope round, withdraw boat hook' to go. Just look at that tide-mark. Someone hasn't been scubbing their lock properly ;D

close-up of locking rope technique.

Moored at the Halt Nautique at Pinon on the way back to Port.

Karaoke! Will we ever forget our first Karaoke experience (in French) at the Rive Droite in Chauny?

29th-Jul-2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Love the photos! Is the 'baby' gate to stop unauthorised escapes by Ron? :)
29th-Jul-2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks. We had two 'baby gates' made (for front and rear doors) when Killer Terrier and Loony GSD were the canine crew with a penchant for escapology.
29th-Jul-2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Those cherries look divine!
29th-Jul-2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
They were, and they lasted for ages in the same condition as when picked.
29th-Jul-2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
Wonderfully placid means of getting around.
29th-Jul-2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Sometimes. A other times it can get quite hairy or uncomfortable,
29th-Jul-2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
It looks fabulous. Narrowboats are just so attractive.
29th-Jul-2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Narrowboats are fabulous. But they don't half need a lot of hard work, not to mention constant maintenance.
29th-Jul-2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
29th-Jul-2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Even the slimy lock chamber?
29th-Jul-2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
Indeed! In a glad I can't smell it through a picture* stylee
29th-Jul-2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
There is no smell. The walls are constantly 'washed' by the water as the locl is filled and emptied. It's cold and damp though.
29th-Jul-2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
It looks really neat. I would like to do that.
30th-Jul-2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Bollard-rope your way up a deep lock? It can get pretty scary at times.
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