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70 now and our five wonderful years aboard our narrowboat Skyy seem along time ago. Jacquie, allowed me to build my replica three wheeler kit car, which was a great success. Now it's time to start on a bigger project and that is to make a good Triumph Stag even better, here goes.

Monday, 2 August 2010



A bus route had been worked out to return Brian & Ann to Wakefield, Boroughbridge to York, York to Leeds and Leeds to Wakefield, all of this for free with their bus pass, leaving just a short taxi ride to Stanley Ferry and their car. We waved them goodbye at exactly 10.45 having had a laughter filled week with them.

On our return to SKYY we moved her over to the other side of the cut and got the diesel tank filled up via the swinging boom that supported the hose from the conveniently placed Canal Garage. Water from the water point filled the water tank and a ten pound card got the BW pumpout equipment working or so I thought until I opened the valve and nothing happened. There I was hopping up and down with annoyance, frustration and a full to the brim loo tank, when ‘RIPON’ a BW workboat moored up in the space that I had just vacated. Julie and her colleague came over and hung an ‘out of action’ sign on the door to the equipment, although Julie bless her promised to meet us tomorrow at the Sanitary Station just before Ripon and give us a free pumpout.

I moved SKYY back to the other side and found a space further down, in the meantime we would get a little more exercise than expected as we would have to walk over the bridge and use the BW facilities every time we needed the loo, but that’s boating life. The rest of the day we tided up SKYY and relaxed.

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