Wednesday 21 August 2013


While there is a lot of stuff on this Blog about the building of Skylark and where we've been during the first year, please don't forget to tune into my new Blog about our continuing voyages.

I don't know how to direct you to it using internet links or whatever they're called but you should be able to find it by Googling 'Narrowboat Skylark 2'

I've tried it and it works!

Tuesday 9 July 2013

New Blog

As you may have realised, I have had a few problems uploading my photos. While I know my ramblings must be of great interest to all my avid readers (ha ha), it's the photos that bring it to life for me.

So, I have created a new Blog called Narrowboat SKYLARK 2 (imaginative or what?). I hope this will solve the problem.

I will stop posting on this Blog now and go over to the new one. I hope you continue to read it.

While on the subject of readers, I know it can be a faff to open up my Blog but I am pleased to know I have friends and relatives who take the time to read it and I know I even have some readers who live in some far off parts of the world like Norfolk. Please stay with me.

It also gives me great pleasure to meet some of my more local readers from the Fenland waterways. Please continue to shout and wave at me from your boat. It really is great to know you can spare a few minutes to read my Blog.

So that's it. New Blog here I come...

Ely Aquafest

To take advantage of the fine weather and the predicted entertainment at the Ely Aquafest, Lady Saga and I went down to Ely at the weekend.

As luck would have it, we found a fine mooring right on the waterfront where much of the event took place - a real ringside seat.

With sun umbrella out and trousers rolled up, we took in the stalls, the music, the food and drink and, best of all, the raft races. I'm not sure who won but that didn't seem to matter too much. There was a great deal of water being splashed about and lots of happy faces - even Madam Mayor entered into the spirit of the events under her official umbrella.

Thomas the Sank Engine got my vote for being one of the first rafts out of the traps but one of the last ones to return.

(imagine an IMAGE here)

It was a great event and one that I would recommend for anyone.

Thursday 4 July 2013

The Middle Levels

So, returning to the subject of the Middle Levels, it's fair to say they have a character all of their own. They are generally narrower than the main rivers and often fairly shallow but they are attractive in their own right. The fact that they are also 'sealed in' by manned lock chambers and your name and boat number are taken to control numbers, and you are given a time slot to enter and leave the system gives them a sort of 'inner sanctum' feel.

Here I'll try uplifting some general shots of the system. First Denver Sluice.

Guess what? Blogger has decided that there's no more photos today. I must have used up my daily quota. I'll try again tomorrow - or maybe next week.

Ferry Meadows trip

Could the photo uploading thingy be working again? Let's see if it likes Ferry Meadows. This was taken from the boat...

It would be hard to find a better place to hitch up to...
What a tranquil view!
(I may tempt providence and try a few more)

Open Gardens 2013

We took part in the 2013 Open Gardens event last Sunday and welcomed 100 people into our small patch of Suffolkshire.

Next Sunday, we're opening our garden again, as part of the Street Fair. The plan is to sell off some of the family clutter to help keep the good ship 'Skylark' afloat for the rest of the year.

Tuesday 25 June 2013

More photos?

Here goes...


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