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  1. 3am the perfect time for meteor spotting if only the sky wss clear.
  2. I believe there was a thread recently where she explained how "Boatwomans Bonnets" are made.
  3. I did see a trad style boat with a lovely Ruston Hornsby engine with the fan and rad mounted above the engine. The exhaust made a great noise.
  4. I've been watching Harry's farm on YouTube recently for a more informed view on the impact of the end of diesel usage in industry. Electric powered fork lifts and diggers will not be viable he reckons. He favours hydrogen power.
  5. pictures in your last post no worky for me Peter.......... Thanks working now 👍
  6. Dawn at the Cape. of Good Hope today. And the cafe at the top of Hatton 3 hours later. They very kindly wrapped the bacon sarnies as a take away.
  7. An interior shot of the Greyhound. Very welcome on a wet afternoon a few weeks ago.
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  9. As we're heading towards Halloween, this snippet appears in the "Canal Ghosts" thread on this forum. Rough synopsis - two blokes take old boat with knackered engine through Ghosty Hill tunnel, it stalls they leg the rest of the way. One bloke goes for a nosey around derelict industry whilst other fixes engine. Its nearly dark and the bloke who stayed with the boat is getting a bit cheesed by the time his mate turns up, especially as his mate just drops into the hold without a word. On the return trip engine fails again, seething and without saying a word, our bloke goes to leg and his "mate" joins him, but the mate legs like a professional at one heck of a speed and smells like he's been eating rat kebab and drinking battery acid. Get to far end, cry from the towpath of " do you normally abandon your crew" and the legger has vanished... His real mate had seen the boat go back into the tunnel and had had to walk over the hill.
  10. More boats on the move ? Or naughty people putting red in road vehicles ?
  11. Congratulations Peter. Post 8000, half of those in this thread must be yours. You must have an extensive gallery on your hard drive ! 🤥
  12. You're right David. We found a few on the north Oxford yesterday. But it's a scramble to run forward , lift the pipe off , and get back to the tiller when single handed. Oh and lift the back cabin stove chimney off too. A cunning mechanism would be neat.
  13. Is there a supplier of roof mounted exhaust pipes which can be dipped to get under low bridges. Or has anyone got suggestions as to the design of such a mechanism.
  14. As thick a chain and massive a padlock as you can get. And something hefty to chain it to on the boat. But then portable angle grinders are easy to get (I got mine from Lidl for £30).
  15. Yes its an ex BWB pusher ( duck class ) we bought as a derelict in their auction of junk in 2010. Without engine, winches or hatches it did come half full of water and with a gallon of french blue paint . The engine is a 1938 Gleniffer we've had since '76. Damaged in a frost 20 years ago, the block was stitched back together and the engine rebult. We then looked around for a ship to put in when the auction came up. Happy days.
  16. Yesterday at Braunston. Nuneaton and Brighton getting ready for the Autumn coal run.
  17. Fortunately the New Forest Folk Festival was able to go ahead last weekend. A couple of Fairport band members were to be seen in the audience. Fantastic. Really really wonderful get back to some sort of reality. Everyone behaved according to the rules, its always very friendly and an excellent selection of music, ales and ciders to be had. A few videos here, more to be added once I get artist approval. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqGHqimQWdAC6LqR6Vp1qaYihIVynhK6O
  18. Did anyone see last news news about a man walking backwards for 100 miles between Northampton and London for Macmillan Cancer Support. Stuart Kettell will follow the Grand Union Canal from Braunston Marina, Northampton, to central London from today. If you did, could you tell me what time & channel. Ta
  19. 10mm wide means its "Z" series. Measure the length witha piece of string / rope, in millimeteres and that should match one of the numbers you can see. EG Z 1018 would be 10mm wide by 1018 mm circ. Z is a common size for cars so any car shop should be able to supply you with one simply on the circumference. ETA As tony says,it may be 12mm wide in which case thats an "A" series. Not so common at car shops but you never know.
  20. The tunnel used to be Mondays, Weds and Friday. Mornings for westbound. But I think demand has increased so they're doing 5 days a week. M - F. You have to book well in advance. ETA - isn't there a wizard chippy at Diggle ?
  21. Mike Clarke is at Blisworth Tunnel boats, and does a good job IMHO.
  22. We're currently moored at Braunston, having got there last Sunday. Only one pair of historic boats moored near the Nelson and none in the Marina. The Marina buildings are fenced off, so no casual mooching around allowed, only proper customers.
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