A Slow Meander to York – Part 4 – Enjoying Naburn and On To York

Here’s Part 4 of our ‘Slow Meander to York’.  

 Naburn Lock to York

We enjoyed a great cruise from Rotherham to York.

If you’d like to catch up with our big canal journey then below is;

Part 1 – A Bumpy Start

Part 2 – A Challenge On The Selby Canal

Part 3 – Tackling Our Tidal Fear – The River Ouse Continue reading “A Slow Meander to York – Part 4 – Enjoying Naburn and On To York”

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#WordlessWednesday -Wood Carving or Not?

Whilst wandering around Kielder Forest last weekend, we came across these guys, but were they carved out of trees or made of plastic?

We had to get really close to make sure.  We did a little knocking and staring, but it didn’t take us long to realise they were definitely wood carvings – So glad they weren’t plastic! Continue reading “#WordlessWednesday -Wood Carving or Not?”

A Book Review – Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming

 

I had the pleasure of meeting Graeme at the Bloggers Bash in London in May of this year.    As a new, fairly nervous attendee, I was delighted when many people came to introduce themselves and made me feel so very welcome and at ease.  Graeme was one of these people.

When I first saw the cover of Graeme’s book, Ravens Gathering.  I was immediately drawn in.  I love to read a good thriller and both the cover and synopsis told me that’s exactly what it would be… Continue reading “A Book Review – Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming”

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Power kites are so much fun! 

Whenever Jon sees an empty beach and feels a good breeze then the kite bag comes out and the dogs get excited.  I become the photographer and the Continue reading “#WordlessWednesday”

A Slow Meander to York – Part 3 – Tackling Our Tidal Fear – The River Ouse

 

Here’s Part 3 of our ‘Slow Meander to York’.  

Selby Lock to Naburn Lock

If you’ve read parts 1 & 2 of our cruise to York, I would firstly like to thank you for persevering, reading my ramblings and secondly, you may have realised we were not looking forward to The River Ouse part, because we’re wimps?  Yes maybe, but also because we’d heard many boaters speak of their own experiences which ranged from being enjoyable to having to be rescued by the coastguard, (more of that story in a later post).  Other boats were doing this run everyday, (well probably not in extreme weather conditions unless they were totally nuts) so we kept saying, “If we want to take the boat to York, we have to cruise the Ouse – Let’s do this!” Continue reading “A Slow Meander to York – Part 3 – Tackling Our Tidal Fear – The River Ouse”

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I do love unusual clocks.

This unusual clock called The Hastings Clock stands proudly in Rotherham and was erected in 1912 to commemorate the Coronation of King George V & Queen Mary on 22 June 1911.

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I did wonder what the relevance of the hooves were under the large planter.

After doing a little research I came across this blog called ‘Memorial Drinking Fountains’ which explained it wasn’t only a clock tower, but also a drinking fountain.

The large planter was a drinking receptacle for horses, (hence the hooves).  There are smaller planters around the other side which were water fountains for the people of Rotherham to enjoy a drink of water.

If you fancy popping over to the ‘Memorial Drinking Fountains blog, click Here

I think it’s a beautiful clock and drinking fountain, what do you think?

A Slow Meander to York – Part 2 – The Selby Canal & Our First Challenge

We bought ‘Head in the Clouds’, over sixteen years ago, she was an empty rusty shell and has been transformed into our home.  There are still many things needing to be done to her, but we were able to move aboard last October and so far, we love living the boat life.

You can read this post, ‘It’s time to sell up and live on a boat where I explain a little more about her and the transformation so far.  Although we’ve had her for so long, we have only, so far enjoyed short journeys, so we thought it was time to try a bigger trip and venture up to York, which was always one ‘cruising‘ journey we wanted to do.  We were quite excited about the trip, it was a big deal for us because:- Continue reading “A Slow Meander to York – Part 2 – The Selby Canal & Our First Challenge”

A Book Review – Salisbury Square by Geoff Le Pard

I love it when I come across a book which, not only did the front cover picture have me intrigued, but the plot kept me gripped.   Salisbury Square is a real page turner.

IMG_2401You can’t help but feel sorry for Jerzy Komaza, the main character of this quite dark thriller. He’s on the run from his home in Poland, having severely beaten his father while trying to save his sister.

He’s hoping to meet up with his old friend, Jan in London for help and to find work, but things go from bad to worse as we’re taken into the depths of London which most people, gladly would normally never see.

His meeting with Jan throws up some disturbing realisations and his life gets more complicated as he meets a young girl called Suzie who, he feels he has to help and protect as she is a vulnerable, homeless drug addict who is reliant on a violent boyfriend.

Then there’s Ola, Jan’s cousin, who becomes involved to the point where she is also in danger and Jerzy feels he must help her too. The problem is, can Jerzy trust Jan, Ola or Suzie?

Salisbury Square is a fast paced thriller, which keeps you turning the pages.  For me personally, to enjoy a book there has to be an interesting plot and I have to care about the characters, this doesn’t disappoint.

I can thoroughly recommend Salisbury Square.  It is such a well written book and I couldn’t put it down.

If you’d like to know more about the author and see all his books including his latest, ‘Apprenticed to my Mother’, then please take a look at his Amazon page Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 50 & Thriving – I’m a Guest

I have been a follower of Sue over at Sizzling Toward 60 & Beyond for quite a while now and felt honoured to be asked to be a guest for her ‘Over 50 & Thriving series‘.  I love her blog.  It’s always so positive and gives you a lot to think about when it comes to enjoying and embracing your mid life years.

If you’d like to read my guest post, you can click here: ‘Change your lifestyle & Thrive’.

Please leave any comments over at Sue’s, Thank you 😊

Wordless Wednesday – Anyone for an ice-cream?

The Full Moo – This beautiful boat is an Ice-cream shop 🙂

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The Ice-cream seller cruises around York on the River Ouse selling ice cream to boaters and people on the banks.  Isn’t this a fantastic idea? 🙂

 

A Slow Meander to York – Part 1 – A Bumpy Start

Since moving onto the boat last October, it seems to have taken quite a while to get ourselves settled in, which means we haven’t taken the boat out much for a cruise,  although we did have our first Winter on the boat and we were toasty warm.  Jon’s also been busy doing quite a bit of maintenance work on the boat which includes booking her in to dry dock to get her bottom blacked – sounds painful, I know, but it’s just something that needs doing every few years, consisting of the boat being out of the water in order for us to check the hull, do any repairs or welding jobs and re-paint.  We’re booked in for the end of July, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to spend early July cruising up the Selby Canal and the River Ouse towards York and maybe beyond and as our neighbours were on their way to Knottingley to have their bottom blacked, we thought we’d join them for the first part of our slow meander.

The first leg of the journey would be a days leisurely cruise from Rotherham to The New Junction Canal just past Barnby Dun, where we’d be mooring for that evening, but it was to be a disappointing start for us. Continue reading “A Slow Meander to York – Part 1 – A Bumpy Start”

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.   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  around the lakes and nature reserves and also some biking routes. Continue reading “Fun on a Lake, A Good Book and Planning a Canal Cruise”

A Failed Gym Routine, Healthy Swaps & Carb Education

Over the last year I’ve made a few changes to my life.  I sold my business and my house so that myself and Jon could move onto his boat, which after being on board since last October we feel totally settled and feel it was a positive move, but after things have now settled down, there is one other major change which I have noticed has taken place, mainly for myself – my fitness and my health. Continue reading “A Failed Gym Routine, Healthy Swaps & Carb Education”