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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

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Melay to Bourg-le-Comte. Bourg to outskirts of Digoin.

Posted by contentedsouls on 15/04/2016

Weds 13th and Thurs 14th April. 11 kms, 3 locks, 2.5 hours and 20 kms, 4 locks and 5 hours respectively.

The weather continues to behave extremely erratically; after I blogged on Tuesday evening we had a fabulous storm which left us with a full rainbow (that’s not my thumb – it’s the top of the rear deck canopy).

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When we left in the morning it was sunny again and the dogs chilled out on the back – the ‘step’ is required for Baxter these days and, also, one to help him up onto the sofa; without the steps we find him with his front legs planted up on something and standing, patiently, waiting for someone to come along and lift his back legs up.

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Our destination for the day looked good for both village amenities and walking and, before we moored, we had a phone call from Peter and Janet in Roanne to say they had some post for us and would run out with it.

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We moored up and enjoyed a late lunch out the back in the sunshine before they arrived. 5 minutes later the weather came in again with hailstorms big enough to hurt!

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The rain never really stopped and I abandoned my attempts to walk Muttley when the deluge re-commenced and I realised that we’d moored a long way short of where we’d intended. This is the village we should have moored adjacent too and the last of the manual locks on this canal – the remainder were automatic and we were back on the pull cord system.

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We waited for a barge coming up and gave them plenty of space as they seemed to be having a problem coming out of the lock – the chap on the top seemed more interested in the lady’s prowess with a boat hook than he did in steering.

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We were also entertained by a man in a dune buggy

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and experienced some solar panel envy

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With nobody else about we were able to stop in the last lock of the Roanne et Digoin canal and re-water, empty off our re-cycling and let the dogs have a pee before turning right onto the Canal Lateral a la Loire – the opposite direction from where we are heading – for a mooring we’d spotted when bringing Matilda Rose South

Once moored below Digoin aqueduct, we were all intrigued by the two ladies, two dogs and a goat out for their evening promenade; all were off of leads (including the ladies) and Daisy retreated to Francoise’ gunwhales – dogs and cattle she can deal with but the jury is still out regarding goats!

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My plan was to stay there today and maybe have some well deserved lunch out in Digoin, courtesy of our bicycles.

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3 Responses to “Melay to Bourg-le-Comte. Bourg to outskirts of Digoin.”

  1. Kevin TOO said

    What excellent photos, as always, Jill 🙂
    But I’m not sure about being a goat walker though… LOL
    I wondered if she kept it ‘pour la fabrication du fromage’
    but on second thoughts perhaps not as it looks like a ‘billy’ 😉

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    • andywindy said

      Must agree about the photos, I wish I could do as well. Jill always shows us the essence of a place or situation, and Her weather captures are simply stunning at times
      As for the Goat comment from your good self, ‘What a mistayka to make’

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    • Thank you Kevin and Andy; glad you are enjoying the photos and your encouragement helps me to keep making the effort!
      I’m not sure about the sex of the goat but, if it was a Billy, it was remarkably placid – it enjoyed a good head scratch with no signs of the male instinct to push and shove me about. Present company excluded, of course!

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