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Mrs Trackman

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Mrs Trackman last won the day on October 16 2015

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  1. So, the latest advice from CRT is that we shouldn't use the lock landing on the downstream side, original notice was not to use locklanding without giving a side. This is to avoid being stuck until they dredge. Anyone worked out how to operate the lock without using landing? Crew member could walk from/to Redhill but going to be impossible for single handers.
  2. A few years ago, we looked into possibly buying that island, with others, and were told that wouldn't need a mooring licence if moored round the back, away from the navigation. Wouldn't need a boating licence if didn't move but that would have been impossible unless prepared to row ourselves to land for supplies. Tony Dunkley's boat is on the main navigation of the Trent. I don't know what the final outcome was of his dispute.
  3. Have you used one? I have been considering one and I know some love their Mr D cooker but I'm keen to hear from more who actually use them. years ago, I was tempted by one I saw for sale at the chandlery at Whilton. Decided that in winter my back stove did a similar job. Could be useful in summer though.
  4. Unfortunately, and despite many requests, including from their employees, to CRT to change the dangerous situation at Beeston, the guage is inaccurate and has been since they allowed the hydro scheme at the weir.
  5. Funny you should say that. I very nearly said, except possibly the Slough arm.
  6. Boated from Fazeley to Hawkesbury on Wednesday whilst doing the Warwickshire ring. I like it, Ok no locks other than Glascote and Atherstone but that was fine as we had already done plenty. I find it full of interest, pleasant scenery. The canal has associations with George Eliot. Hartshill yard is historic. Atherstone locks do seem to be prone to being shut but CRT did get them reopened after 24 hours this week, we were the last boat through on Wednesday before CRT shut it. They are pretty locks. The Coventry does tend to be shallow between Fazeley and Fradley, particularly the Fradley end.
  7. Is that a recent picture? The pool used to look in a poor state.
  8. Not to be recommended of course and can be dreadful, but i know 3 livaboards who have had it, all now OK. My friend's 98 year old mother tested positive but was OK, if seriously fed up as had to be in isolation, a fellow 102 year old resident at her facility also tested positive but is ok, she also survived Spanish flu as a baby in 1918. I am still keen to avoid it myself.
  9. Love it when that happens. And try to do it myself if being closely followed and nothing coming the other way.
  10. KiwiBill. This is the first BCN cruise diary I have read all the way through except for our own. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it all. I especially enjoyed your story about your family and travels. You are truly a citizen of the world and great to read about your interesting life. I wouldn't mind your ginger biscuit recipe too.
  11. Absolutely brilliant. What a great way to thank Jan for not only having, but implementing quite the whackyest idea of the lockdown. It did turn out to be more work than we expected but was fun and a huge distraction in these difficult times. Made us enthusiastic to give the real thing a go too. Thank goodness for the great tradition of eccentricity. It certainly lives here. Not only that, but Jan managed to persuade a great team to help. I'm still missing Captain Ahab's measured tones as he gave us our daily updates.
  12. Thankyou so much Cheshire-Rose, Captain Ahab and judges. It was a great idea and good fun. Harder work than I expected, even though the rest of our crew did much of the work, but a great distraction and we found out interesting things, especially about the lost 60 miles. I'm already missing the daily report from the Aldridge field station which I eagerly turned to each morning. How am I to know the state of the BCN now? I'll miss you all. And realise we are still stuck in one place.
  13. Agree. Really interesting story. And why I am proud to be a citizen of the world and not a little Englander celebrating our great victories. People's life stories involve travel, sometimes not their choice, and chance and it's great to read about it. Thankyou.
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