Fun on a Lake, A Good Book and Planning a Canal Cruise

Last Sunday saw the sun shining again, so we packed a picnic and headed to Rother Valley Country Park. Β  Set in the Borough of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, the park has 4 artificial lakes, nature reserves and plenty of recreational activities, including a water skiing/wake boarding cable system, an inflatable obstacle course, a water sports area, including hiring of paddle boards and various types of boats, there’s also a sailing club and a separate lake solely for jet skiers. There are also plenty of lovely walks to enjoy Β around the lakes and nature reserves and also some biking routes.

IMG_0871Jon has a little sailing boat, ‘one of his many projects’ stored at the park so we had gone there to work a little on that, as it’s in need of a little tender loving care before we’re able to take it on the water, hopefully this summer so Jon says…Β it was at that moment when I couldn’t help raising my eyebrows a little quizzically.

We’d also fancied hiring a paddle board to have a go, after my last ‘Amazing over 50’s‘ guest, Eugenie had given us a little inspiration to have a go, but unfortunately the park was so busy, the paddle boards were already booked out for the day by the time we had arrived, so instead we decided to take Jon’s Canadian canoe, (yes another of his boats) out for a little paddle. Β So after a little sanding and glueing for the sailing boat, we put the picnic and dogs into the canoe and headed out into the Lake. Β I love canoeing and it was absolutely gorgeous to be on the water, amongst the gliding sailing boats, paddle boards, other canoeists, not to mention the geese, ducks and many other birds.

There is an island in the middle of the lake which, when we very slowly and quietly paddled alongside, realised it was absolutely full of birds, many of which I don’t know the names, but it was certainly their breeding ground and lovely to see. Β There was a Heron keeping watch over the island, either that or he was eyeing up his next fish.

We paddled to the other side of the lake to find a quiet little spot for a picnic and some relaxation…Lovely πŸ™‚

We did keep getting pestered by a couple of impatient hounds though… Rosie, who spent most of the time lying in the water waiting for us to throw something in for her and Millie… well her hope was anything from the picnic hamper! Β She’d chosen to sit next to it during the whole of the canoeing trip, just to keep it safe, I’m sure.

While Jon was catching up with a few ‘Zzzz’s’Β and if I could just ignore these two for a while, I thought I’d grab the chance to catch up on my latest ‘gripping’ book of the moment, Geoff Le Pard’s, Salisbury SquareOoo it’s good, really good! Β There’ll be a review coming soon πŸ™‚

We’re in the middle of planning our next boating adventure too. Β Our barge, our ‘home‘, needs to come out of the water at the end of July for a bit of a spruce up on it’s paint job and to have its bottom blacked, check for rust spots, a bit of welding and a general check over so we thought for the two weeks before that we’d go cruising and head for York…we’ll be setting off this Saturday πŸ™‚IMG_1460

For us here in the UK – What a great Summer we’re having with this sunny, hot weather πŸ™‚

Hope everyone is enjoying their Summer too πŸ™‚

Watch out for my boat cruising blog updates as we head on up to York πŸ™‚

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33 thoughts on “Fun on a Lake, A Good Book and Planning a Canal Cruise

    1. Yes we get one particular heron everyday opposite where our boat is moored & he/she is quite stunning & so still. We watch him catch fish very easily too, quite incredible 😊

  1. Looks like you had a wonderful day and loved the photos of all the bird life. I’m assuming your book is thriller so I’m looking forward to reading your review. Enjoy York!

    1. Thank you Sue was a lovely day, I loved seeing the many varieties of birds. 😊 the cruise will be interesting to York 😬

  2. That sounds like an excellent day out all round, Sam! Looking forward to your canal cruise updates! πŸ™‚

  3. What a wonderful way to spend the day – and that icecream at the end looks delicious. It’s the middle of winter here in Australia, so I had a little envy for weather that is so serene and canoe-able! Looking forward to your updates of your trip to York.

    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx
    Leanne | Cresting the Hill

    1. Thank you Leanne we are having a fabulous summer too with amazing weather 🌞 quite unusual so we’re enjoying every second 😊

  4. What a great day! I do hope you get a chance to try paddle boarding, I am doing paddle board yoga today, and just love itπŸ’•

    1. Paddle board yoga?? Wow that sounds amazing πŸ˜ƒ can’t wait to read that blog post πŸ‘

      1. HI Amanda! It is so nice to meet you! I am so sorry that I have not responded sooner 😞I am really behind this summer😫
        Thank you for your comment and yes, it is awesome!! Do you practice yoga too?

        1. Oh yes, I practise a little bit of Yoga every day, and have recently started going to formal classes again. I was recommended to go to Yoga by a clever physio for a neck injury, about 37 years ago. I have done it ever since! How did your first encounter with Yoga come about?

          1. I am really a “yogi in law”. My hubby was the one who started going, mostly for injury prevention from our other activities. He convinced me to go on a yoga retreat a year ago, and that was all it tookπŸ’•

    1. Anything to do with the outdoors Osyth 😊 so much to do on the water 😎 thank you x

    1. Sorry for late reply Debbie, this went in my spam for some reason…An absolutely fabulous Summer so far πŸ™‚

        1. I know, it’s strange, I do check it regularly as I have comments going in there which are from regular readers ??? weird! Anyway as long I don’t miss any πŸ™‚

  5. I have dogs with similar personalities (the basset especially enjoys guarding the food). Sounds like a perfect day for a get-away πŸ™‚

    1. The weather has been extraordinarily kind to us so far πŸ™‚ Thank you Jennifer for visiting

  6. What a wonderful Spring/summer’s day canoeing. Great capture of the Heron! I was surprised that you had Herons over there too! We have so many birds here I sometimes get confused as to which ones are natives/introduced.
    Enjoy your two weeks in York!!

    1. The canoeing was lovely. We get such a lot of Herons here and with us living on the canal we see so many. It’s been a little mystery to us though that we never see them with their young the way we see Ducks with their ducklings and Swans with their signets. Not sure where or how Heron’s nest and bring up their young, I must look this up sometime πŸ™‚ Thank you we are actually on our way, heading very slowly up towards York at the moment, I’ll be posting updates soon πŸ™‚

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