What a busy week, the barge men have gone on strike and Marion will be 50 this week.
Certainly a lot has been happening even with the strike aside. Firstly the locks keep growing in size. On the southern end of the Nivernais the locks were just 30 meters long. From the summit level north they were 38 meters long. Then when we reached Auxerre they grew to 108 meters.
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We have arrived at the Nivernais summit level. Well what a trip this Nivernais canal is turning out to be. It is just beautiful
with it’s winding course following the l’Aron and l’Yonne rivers. With over 150 locks
the Nivernais is a bit of work too. The V.N.F. (Voies Navigable de France) lock keepers are superb and take all the hard
work out of it.
Because this canal is shallow we
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Before starting our trip up the Nivernais canal we met up with our friends Annie & Mark in Decize. We had a bit
of a celebration as it was Mark’s 60th birthday. We were about a week early but we don’t
know when we will see them again. They are off to the Canal du Midi which involves taking on the
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Well it’s a wet Easter Saturday and the weather should be reasonably good by now!
But it was raining when we woke this morning and it’s still raining. when we untied at 1pm
it was raining and it kept raining all day. We tied up in Dompierre sur Besbre at 5:30pm and it was
still raining. Now don’t get me wrong, after all I’m a Paddy and well used to rain, and I’m used to wet Easters too, but I thought this sort of rain only occurred in Ireland?
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This is Digoin in the dark. It’s a good spot to stay with all the facilities you might need. That’s our boat “Driftwood” nearest the camera.
Continue reading “Digoin and a special visitor.”
It has been unusually cold and wet here for the past ten days or so. We were
waiting for an improvement in the weather in a small town called Coures les Barres
and today 1-April-10 was just such a day. It’s still cold but at least the sun came
out as we headed south towards the city of Decize. It was a seven hour trip which
was a bit more that we had hoped to do.
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Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.
. Ah yes a new season is upon us and it’s sad leaving the good friends that we have been lucky enough to
make in Briare. Soon we head off along the canal again. I had been looking forward
to leaving Briare in the spring sunshine since the first snow and ice of the
winter appeared last December. But when the day finally did
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Well St Patrick’s day was great gas, the weather couldn’t have been better and
we decorated the boat in true tacky style as you can see in the pic below.
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The Briare Aqueduct is one of France’s greatest landmarks and I was hoping to skipper a 56 Mtr barge across it. The barge in question belongs to Mark & Annie and they weren’t actually aware of my plan up to this point.
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When we decided to make this life changing decision we were deciding to give up a fairly well off lifestyle in favour of one where we are not so well off. Or are we? Frankly I think that we are much richer than before, we have
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Well I hear that the storms here in France last week were well reported. It wasn’t that bad here in Briare as elsewhere in France but still it was quite severe. Here is a short video clip of it.
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Well all that snow and ice that you saw in our last blog has melted now and
the temperatures are generally well above freezing, 6 degrees today but there is a very cold wind out which makes it feel a lot cooler. We took the local bus to Gien our largest neighbouring town yesterday, it was the first time that Mar and myself had been out of Briare without proper adult supervision but we managed not get lost or get into much trouble.
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