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Holiday snaps

Right - it's time we had this canal holiday in pictures, then.


General canal scene with nice lighting Our boat - it was 69 feet long
General canal scene with nice lighting
Our boat - it was 69 feet long
Cows! The galley - Mum making tea
Cows!
The galley - Mum making tea
Role-players beware! The prow of our boat
Role-players beware!
The prow of our boat
Dad raising a lift-bridge First view of the Pontcysyllte aqueduct
Dad raising a lift-bridge
First view of the Pontcysyllte aqueduct
It's pronounced 'Pont-ker-sulth-tee' View over the side
It's pronounced 'Pont-ker-sulth-tee'
View over the side
A railway bridge visible from the canal aqueduct Mum on the boat, crossing the aqueduct
A railway bridge visible from the canal aqueduct
You can also see the shadows of the canal aqueduct across the fields and trees
Mum on the boat, crossing the aqueduct
As far as I dared lean over the edge Our boat on the aqueduct...
As far as I dared lean over the edge
Our boat on the aqueduct...
...with Dad steering And again
...with Dad steering
And again
From the back of the boat That railway bridge again
From the back of the boat
That railway bridge again
Mum and the river Dee View down to the river
Mum and the river Dee
That's what the aqueduct actually crosses. Well, that and the hoofing great valley it's in.
View down to the river
It is quite a long way.
The final stretch of the aqueduct More of the river Dee
The final stretch of the aqueduct
More of the river Dee
And again Prow, boat, aqueduct
And again
Prow, boat, aqueduct
Boat, etc. etc. Mum opening her presents at breakfast time on the 26th
Boat, etc. etc.
Canal boats move very slowly in a narrow channel, as there isn't much room for the water to be displaced into. Hence so many photographs - there was a lot of time to take them.
Mum opening her presents at breakfast time on the 26th
Rainbow patterns in the oil on the water More rainbows
Rainbow patterns in the oil on the water
These pictures were taken on a rather busy stretch of the canal near Llangollen, hence the oil - most parts of the canal weren't actually this polluted.
More rainbows
Rainbows around the prow And again
Rainbows around the prow
And again
Llangollen town Llangollen bridge
Llangollen town
This is Llangollen itself, where we got off and had a wander round.
Llangollen bridge
It nestles in a valley, as Welsh towns do.
Llangollen railway station The river Dee passing through the town
Llangollen railway station
The river Dee passing through the town
A hotel Julius Caesar was there, serving beer and food.
A hotel
Julius Caesar was there, serving beer and food.
Mum's birthday cake Mum having just blown out her candles
Mum's birthday cake
Lunch-time on the 26th
Mum having just blown out her candles
A horse drawing a barge at Llangollen Some pirates drew up alongside!
A horse drawing a barge at Llangollen
Some pirates drew up alongside!
Oh noes! We'll be forced to walk the plank! This is a long one-way stretch on the way back from Llangollen
Oh noes! We'll be forced to walk the plank!
This is a long one-way stretch on the way back from Llangollen
And this is why it has to be one-way Trees cling gamely to the bank
And this is why it has to be one-way
Trees cling gamely to the bank
Another aqueduct and railway bridge combo - this time near Chirk Sunlight through the arches
Another aqueduct and railway bridge combo - this time near Chirk
Sunlight through the arches
Aqueduct Mum's balloons
Aqueduct
Mum's balloons
She originally had six, but already by the time this photo was taken, we'd lost the three from the other side of the boat.
Prow, boat, aqueduct My sister steering across the aqueduct
Prow, boat, aqueduct
My sister steering across the aqueduct
And again Boat, railway bridge
And again
Boat, railway bridge
Sister changing gear A lock-keeper's house
Sister changing gear
A lock-keeper's house
I saw quite a few with this round design - I presume so that the lock-keeper could see boats coming from both directions easily.
Close-up Dad steering, with his skipper's cap.
Close-up
Actually, the round bit reminds me of half a Romano-Celtic temple - so I may end up using this picture in lectures to show how the architecture works.
Dad steering, with his skipper's cap.
General canal view One of about 60 bridges we passed through, once in each direction
General canal view
One of about 60 bridges we passed through, once in each direction
Wider bridge scene A boat going through a lift-bridge
Wider bridge scene
A boat going through a lift-bridge
House by a canal junction, jauntily angled for views both ways Another lift-bridge - we did at least 10 of these, too.
House by a canal junction, jauntily angled for views both ways
Another lift-bridge - we did at least 10 of these, too.
Our boat, moored for the night Hawthorn berries
Our boat, moored for the night
Hawthorn berries
This is Bella, a canal cat She actually only had one back leg, although you can hardly tell from the pictures
This is Bella, a canal cat
She actually only had one back leg, although you can hardly tell from the pictures
She was very friendly Canal junction sign-post
She was very friendly
Canal junction sign-post
Bella at the junction Bella looking cute
Bella at the junction
Bella looking cute
Junction without Bella Junction with Bella
Junction without Bella
Junction with Bella
Another rounded house, this time at another junction The headquarters of the Shropshire Union Canal and Railway Company
Another rounded house, this time at another junction
The headquarters of the Shropshire Union Canal and Railway Company
A heron standing on the bank. More cows!
A heron standing on the bank.
This photo isn't zoomed in or anything - it's simply taken from the back of the boat as we went past.
More cows!
Bridge with rope-marks Another bridge with rope-marks
Bridge with rope-marks
Another bridge with rope-marks
Another sign-post Bridge, bridge, bridge, bridge, number one!
Another sign-post
Bridge, bridge, bridge, bridge, number one!
Sheep! Lots of sheep!
Sheep!
Lots of sheep!
Ducklings! Close-up of different ducklings!
Ducklings!
Close-up of different ducklings!
And again Daz's tray
And again
Daz's tray
We bought this from a charity shop in Llangollen, because the boat was long and thin and it was tedious carrying drinks back and forth through it. Now it's back in Leeds, and destined to become the property of big_daz next time I see him, because he collects this kind of thing.


Comments

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huskyteer
Sep. 5th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
I've always suspected canal boats might be a bit boring, but I now revise my opinion - AQUEDUCT!
strange_complex
Sep. 5th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, the area around Llangollen is definitely quite exciting, as canal-boating goes - mainly because of the hills. You get two aqueducts, three tunnels, and at least two long one-way stretches, so there is quite a lot of having to send someone running ahead up the tow-path to tell you if anyone's coming. Also, there aren't very many locks in the area - during a whole week's holiday, we only had to do two. Which is good, because locks are boring.
glitzfrau
Sep. 5th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, that first aqueduct is amazing! You almost have me convinced about canal boating! I didn't realise that it came with added HIGH!
strange_complex
Sep. 5th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it is kind of crazy - to be on a boat, in the water, but also miles up in the air. I thought it would be really scary, but actually it isn't - the boat is reassuringly solid beneath your feet.
themonkeypolice
Sep. 5th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous photos, although that first aqueduct looks utterly terrifying. There's no way you'd get me up there. I felt unwell just looking at the phots.

Looks like you had an excellent time :)
strange_complex
Sep. 5th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Actually, it really isn't scary at all. Like being on an aeroplane, although you know you are impossibly high up and can't see anything visibly supporting you, nonetheless the boat feels perfectly solid beneath you. Plus the amazing views and everything are great compensation!
nalsa
Sep. 5th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
Aw, that's all lovely! Happy Birfday, Pen's Mum!
strange_complex
Sep. 5th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
She kept saying it was the best birthday she'd ever had, so I think we scored there!
captainlucy
Sep. 5th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Arr, that's one cute pirate with the cutlass there!

Wow! That is pretty spectacular high-uppiness! :D I'm afraid I'd either be (a) cowering at the right-hand side of the boat or (b, and much more likely) needing a rope tied to me to ensure I don't fall off as I gawp over the edge! :D

Have always wanted to do a canal boat holiday, and this hasn't changed my mind in the least! :D
strange_complex
Sep. 5th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
She's not bad, is she? ;-)

I think I've probably had my fill of canal-boating now, as we did a similar holiday when I was 16, too. But I'd definitely recommend trying it at least once.
kernowgirl
Sep. 5th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
Ooh! That looks like so much fun... in a peaceful sort of way. I'd love to try it, although sadly it'll have to wait until we leave the States. Maybe I'd better pencil it in for my own 60th....

I love that first aqueduct--particularly the shots of the people strolling along the towpath. What a fantastic walk (although probably not very good for a dog).
strange_complex
Sep. 5th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
I don't know - I think most dogs are pretty sensible about that sort of thing.

It is peaceful, although not as much as you'd think in some ways. Actually driving the boat, and making sure you don't plough into other boats, bridges, the bank etc. is quite hard work.
sir_didymus
Sep. 5th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
Good photos.
strange_complex
Sep. 6th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
Thanks! It was a pretty photogenic holiday. :-)
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