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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Pottering along.

We took our time setting off this morning. There were sunny periods and no wind and it just didn't seem right to rush. Just by the Sprotborough Lock was the Wyre Lady that normally undertakes trips with birthdays etc and it seems that they end up being quite loud when they get back. The boat seems to be having a fair bit of welding done so no trips for a little while.

Wyre Lady, Sprotbotough Lock. (A photo for old times for Heather!).

The trip down the Do and under the A1(M) was quite nice with a bit of sunshine. The towpath seemed to be busy with walkers and cyclist but no boats to be seen. Near Hexthorpe is Doncaster Rowing Club. It isn't quite Henley but this length of river is nice and wide for them.

Doncaster Rowing Club with the boarding steps showing high high the river can get. I bet it is fun on the river when at it's highest.

Just before Doncaster Lock is a prison that is on an island between the canal and the River Don.

We tied up on the visitor moorings in Doncaster. There were two other boats there. We filled up with water, had lunch and then went for a walk into Doncaster. The main item we were looking for was a teapot. Ours had developed a horizontal crack at mid height and half way round. I had fixed it with some super glue but needed a replacement. Got a bargin in Tesco's for £5. Once we got back we had a cup of tea and a rest before setting to and washing off the winter grime from the port side of the boat. Then it was tea. We were just finishing off when the ripples and movement meant that the 'Humber Princess' was approaching.

Humber Princess going slowly past the moorings.

Approaching the Doncaster railway bridges.

You can see the wheelhouse has lowered hydraulically to get under the bridge.

It is lovely to see her going past and it is good that we have been securely tied up each time it has passed. It maybe back at Barnby Dun where we are going to be tomorrow.

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