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Published: September 20th 2018
The butterflies in our stomachs are growing larger by the minute as we creep ever closer to our Iberian adventure. Gabby has been for her weigh in. We had added an extra solar panel to her roof, an extra gas bottle and offset this weight by adding a built in bbq, removing an electric hob, many of the tools out of the tool box. We aslo removed the second cutlery set and the large plates we have never used. We set off to get her weighed and she passed with flying colours. We are good to go and not overweight which is a problem many motorhomers fear. All that remains is to fill her with foot and clothing.
Our househunting has stalled. Our photos have been taken and our details uploaded onto the internet. We got our first viewers for our house or to be more precise they wanted to view but decided that the area was too hilly . Still early days and later that day we got our second viewing. This time they liked the house but had not sold their property. So it was a waiting game to see if anything happened.
We needed something to
take our mind off events. Somewhere quite local. Somewhere not too far away to travel to. Something on our doorstep . So where did we end up? The Chesterfield Canal. A barge canal the last built by James Brindley who died whilst it was been constructed. Opened in 1777 it ran for 46 miles from the nearby River Trent linking it with the town of Chesterfield. It was designed to transport limestone, coal and lead from Derbyshire, iron from Chesterfield and to bring in general merchandise and timber to Derbyshire.
The canal closed in 1961 and fell into dereliction , However in recent years work has been ongoing to open up stretches of the canal ,to open a visitor centre at Tapton Locks and cafes and parking around Hollingwood Hub. We tried first to park at Tapton Lock but this proved impossible. No dedicated parking just roadside parking and there was none. Next stop the huge parking area of Hollingwood Hub. Plenty of room there. Massive car park and empty.
We parked up and headed over the bridge to the hub cafe where we sat whileing away half an hour drinking tea and eating homemade cherry cake. After
tea and cake we headed up the towpath sharing it with other walkers, cyclists and wheelchairs. It was a peaceful place with bullrushes lining the narrow canal, ducks swam in and out of them. It was so peaceful on this Autumn morning. Houses baedcked onto the canal and butterflies landed on the nectar rich buddleias that lined the canalside, We didn't walk far today just far enough to enjoy ourselves and enjoyed every step we took along the canalside experiencing as a Japanese proverb said " the beauties of nature and in doing so we learned about ourselves. What a lovely day and tomorrow we have another viewing and our holiday is a day closer.
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