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ANNUAL TRIP ON THE CANAL


Thursday, May 23, 2013

I WILL BE QUITYE BRIEF IN MY WORDS AS I THINK MY PHOTOS WILL TELL THE STORY FAR BETTER THAN I COULD.

THE DAY STARTED OFF WITH US WONDERING IF THE TRANSPORT WOULD TURN UP. APPRENTLY, THE CHAPWHO WAS ORIGINALLY BOOKED GOT HIS DATS MIXED UP AND TURNED UYP TH DAY BEFORE. WHEN HE PHONED OUR SECRETARY TO SAY THAT NOBODY HAD TURNED UP SHE WAS NOTSURPRISED AND TOLD HIM THAT HE HAD GOT THE WRONG DATE. FORTUNATELYHE WAS ABLE TO SEE THE FUNNY SIDE OF IT AND ARRANGED FOR ANOTHER COMPANY TO PROVIDE A MINIBUS FOR US FOR THE SAME PRICE.

SO, AT 12 NOON WE ALL TROOPED ON BOARD AND WENT FOR A SUPERB LUNCH AT A PUB THAT WAS, UNTIL NOT LONG AGO, A PLACE TO BE AVOIDED FOR FOOD. A YOUNG COUPLE HAVE TAKEN OT OVER, THOUGH, AND I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT THE TRANSFORMATION HAS BEEN AMAZING. THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT BUT THEY NED TO CUT DOWN THEIR PORTION SIZES A BIT. NOT EVERYONE WAS ABLE TO CLEAR THEIR PLATES AND ONLY A FEW WERE ABLE TO PLOUGH THEIR WAY THROUGH ALL THREE COURSES. I WASN'T ONE OF THEMBUT I THINK I CAN PUT THAT DOWN TO ME HAVING SOUP AS A STARTER, SOMETHING I HAVE GOT INTO THE HABIT OF LATELY AS THE DESSERTS WOULD BE SO TEMPTING TO FORCE DOWN OTHERWISE.

THE COST PER HEAD HAD TO BE RAISED FOR THE BUS AS WELL, AND THAT WAS NOT GOOD AS I HAD TO ASK EVERYONE FOR EXTRA MONEY, SO IT MADE FOR AN EXPENSIVE DAY OUT IN THE END. THERE WERE SPACES LIGHT ON BOARD SO WE HAD TO COVER THOSE. NEXT TIME I AM GOING TO GET ALL THE MONEY PAID IN ADVANCE SO THAT THE COST IS COVERED COMPLETELY, AND THEN IF PEOPLE DO NOT TURN UP IT IS THEIR MONEY THEY HAVE WASTED. THERE WILL BE A NEXT TIME AS THE GROUP HAVE ALREADY AGREED THAT WE WOULD GO BACK TO THE SAME PLACE BUT GO DOWN THE CANAL IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. APPARENTLY, THERE IS MORE TO SEE THAT WAY.

ALL IN ALL THE DAY WAS A SUCCESS. EVERYONE WAS THOROUGHLY RELAXED AND REALLY ENJOYED THEMSELVES, AND THANKS TO THE WEATHER BEING SO GOOD IT WAS A CASE OF US BEING ABLE TO SIT OUTSIDE THE CABIN AND SOAK UP THE AMBIENCE.

THERE IS NOT MUCH IN THE WAY TO SEE IN THE PHOTOS EXCEPT FOR THE CANAL COUNTRYSIDE AND SOME BRIDGES. THERE ARE A COUPLE OPF PHOTOS THAT I HOPE ENCAPSULATE THE DAY THOUGH. THERE IS ONE THAT SHOWS THE VIEW OF THE PILOT AND ANOTHER THAT KEN TOOK AS AN ARTY TYPE PHOTO USING A BRIDGE AS THE FRAME, BUT WHICH CAME OUT REALLY WELL. LASTLY, THERE IS ONE FROM ME WHERE I MANAGED TO CAPTURE THE PERFECT SUNSPOT ON THE WATER WHICH WILL TELL YOU HOW GOOD THE WEATHER WAS.

LASTLY, THE WHITE DUCKS YOU SEE IN ONE OF THE PHOTOS ARE THE MOST AGGRESSIVE DUCKS I HAVE EVER COME ACROSS. THE POOR MALLARD SWERE CONSTANTLY BEING BADGERED BY THEM AND ONLY WHEN THEY SETTLED DOWN, AS IN THE PHOTO, DID THEY GET PEACE.

THE PHOTOS ARE IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER GOING TOWARDS EDINBURGH. WE WERE SPLIT INTO TWO BOATS AND THE FIRST PHOTO IS OF THE OTHER GROUP. OUR GROUP WAS TAKEN UNAWARES, AS YOU WILL SEE WHEN I TOOK THEIR PHOTO LATER.

(THIS IS THE VIEW THAT THE PILOT HAS. JUST A SLIT ONLY AND AT THE BACK END OF THE BOAT AS WELL).
(THE SUNSPOT ON THE WATER. LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING FROM SPACE DOESN'T IT?). THE RAILS YOU CAN SEE THROUGH THE SECOND BRISGE ARE ON THE SIDE OF AN AQUEDUCT CALLED THE JOHN SCOTT RUSSELL AQUEDUCT. JOHN SCOTT RUSSELL EXPERIMENTED BY SENDING A WAVE DOWN A STRAIGHT STRETCH OF THE CANAL TO SEE HOW LONG IT WOULD LAST UNTIL IT DIES OUT. THIS BECAME KNOWN AS THE SOLITON, OR SOLITARY WAVE, AND NOW FORMS THE TECHNOLOGY THAT IS USED IN FIBRE OPTICS TODAY.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST... THE WHOLE GROUP TOGETHER.

OBVIOUSLY THESE ARE NOT ALL OF THE PHOTOS. I ACTUALLY TOOK OVER 50. I DO HOPE, THOUGH, THAT THIS SMALL SAMPLE WILL GIVE YOU SOME IDEA OF THE PEACEFUL AND SERENE BEAUTY OF THE THE DAY AND JUST WHAT A CALMING AND RELAXING DAY OUT IT WAS FOR ALL OF US.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JOYCECAIN 7/10/2013 9:43AM

    You all look like you had a great time. You are so fortunate to be able to do stuff like this. The pictures are gorgeous. Take care. Hope JoAnn gets internet going next month. I miss you. Love Joyce

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-WISPY- 6/28/2013 9:12PM

    Mac, finally got round to checking these out. Man what a great trip and lovely photos. Just shows how easy it is to make photos look like aliens. Just loved that pic.
Also the boat looks really comfortable and also lots of friendly faces. Much older than you though. This surprised me. You being a babe in arms still at 58.

Hugs Wispy

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CONTENTCHRIS 5/25/2013 4:45PM

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I think this trip looks very nice!

I bet it was very enjoyable for sure.

I liked the water sun shot and it did look as you said for sure.



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ARTJAC 5/25/2013 12:26AM

    emoticon PHOTOS IT REMINDS ME OF WHEN WE HIRED A BOAT AT THE NORFOLK BROADS WHEN OUR BOYS WERE YOUNG LOOK LIKE YOU ALL HAD A GOOD TIME AND GOOD WEATHER

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CAZ5346 5/24/2013 11:30AM

    MAC, SURE LOOKS LIKE YOU HAD BEAUTIFUL WEATHER TO ENJOY YOUR DAY TRIP' I LOVE THE PHOTO OF THE SUN SPOT ON THE WATER. THANKS FOR SHARING.

CAROL

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DEE107 5/24/2013 12:09AM

    love the pictures Mac trip sound wonderful

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JOSHWATS 5/23/2013 7:00PM

    The photos are beautiful Mac. Kudos to all the photographers. I always enjoy your blogs. I didn't realize that Scotland had any canals. I think you've definitely given me another country to add to my bucket list. Its a good thing I'm still in my 30s. This list is getting long!

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SHERRY666 5/23/2013 6:28PM

    MAC I DON'T KNOW HOW I GOT IN HERE TODAY AND A PAGE DIDN'T COME UP AND BLOCK ME........ I'M SO GLAD I COULD SEE THE TRIP.... THE PICTURES ARE GORGEOUS.... WHAT A BEAUTIFUL AREA TO TRAVEL..... I'VE NEVER BEEN IN ONE OF THOSE BOATS... BUT I SURE WOULD LOVE TO TAKE A TRIP LIKE THAT......... THANKS FOR SHARING..... I REALLY ENJOY ALL YOUR PICTURES. THE WHOLE GROUP TOGETHER...... WHERE ARE YOU?. IT LOOKS LIKE MANY IN THE GROUP ARE OLDER SO I DON'T KNOW WHY MOM WOULDN'T ENJOY ALL THAT FUN......

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LINDA! 5/23/2013 4:38PM

    The pictures are great. I also like the one with the sunspot on the water. You are right...it does look like a photo from a science fiction book or movie.

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