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  • Jill Budd

    After 6 years aboard our Narrowboat Matilda Rose in the UK, we took the plunge and shipped her across to Europe. After 2 years in Europe we knew we didn't want to return to the UK so took the plunge and purchased a 1902 20 mtr Dutch Tjalk called Francoise and are now continuing our travels of the waterways of Europe in a buxom wench

  • November 2015
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Besancon to Maroc (Thurs & Fri 12 & 13/11)

Posted by contentedsouls on 21/11/2015

6 locks, 16 kms

A straightforward run until we hit the second of the staircase ‘pairs’ and this time I put a front rope on in case the top lock started to back-fill again. It didn’t. The gates opened and we moved into the second chamber, lifted the bar and …… the lights went out. G climbed out to use the lock intercom and spoke to someone – no-one turned up so we had, yet another, lunch in a lock; again too high a wall to get the dogs off. He tried the intercom twice more later on and reached an answering machine both times. Eventually an unhappy someone turned up to liberate us.


We carried on through the (disappointing) Thoraise tunnel and the mooring we’d used on the way up, then dropped down through the deep lock back onto the main river and watched the weather coming in.


There was a mad scramble for coats and scarves as it suddenly turned bitterly cold (we’ve clearly gone soft), but we were almost at our destination – Maroc, where the river runs away down the weir on the left bank and the canal sticks to the right. Such a pretty spot and I have received loads of pics from boating friends that they took when they’ve moored here in the summer, using the weir stream to play in and keep cool. We, for the first time, were seriously cool already!

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In the second photo above you can just make out Daisy silhouetted on top of the bank above the steps. This was one of those moorings where we were very grateful for Daisy’s tracker collar as she loved it here and spent long periods mousing in out of sight and inaccessible areas. I could use the tracker to locate her periodically instead of calling and stressing (thank you again for the recommendation Kevin Too).

Muttley and I went off to play – he loves these harvested fields where he can glean corn on the cob and legit with supposedly ‘forbidden fruit’. Leaf digging is quite good fun too.


We went to bed on Friday night totally unaware of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

2 Responses to “Besancon to Maroc (Thurs & Fri 12 & 13/11)”

  1. andywindy said

    Not a good river for locks that one then… Mutley does like those leaves, doesn’t he? I can see the advantage with Daisy’s tracker collar, it must be worrying when you decide to move on and she’s nowhere to be seen. I also awoke to the terrible news on last Saturday morning having watched Children in need on the Friday night from 7pm onwards. We had already changed our original plans for the first week of December (We were going to Cologne by Car through the Tunnel) as Julie was worried about the Refugee and Migrant situation at Calais, Going to York now instead!


    • If you’ve not been to York before, you’re both in for a treat – pack your walking shoes! We drove up once for a long weekend and then took MR up their – fabulous. Hardly a day seems to go by now without delays at the tunnel.
      Daisy rarely disappears but the tracker means we are happy to let her out even if we are moving in an hour – without it we would keep her in for the last hour; more freedom for her and peace of mind for us.

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