Nature’s wonders

Yesterday we moved on from Haybes. The deep mist that welcomed me when I drew back the curtains was soon burnt away by the strong sunshine which stayed all day.

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There were lots of unmanned locks to keep me occupied, the first being unresponsive which was frustrating as there was no telephone number to call but as if by magic a little van arrived and we were soon on our way.  The locks on this part of the Meuse are all self manned and we were given a little remote control box at the last manned lock with which to operate these locks. Once inside I needed to push a rod upwards to close the gates and start the process.  The rod, depending on the lock, was often heavy to move and the water came in fast.  We went through 6 locks and one tunnel and passed under a beautiful bridge

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before finally mooring up in Laifour.  A lovely mooring with fishermen for company and a view you wouldn’t believe.

We are deep inside a valley so no TV and no Internet.

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Graham and Jill from NB Matilda Rose were there to greet us and we had a lovely evening catching up over a barbecue while Teddy and Herbie caught up with their old pals Baxter and Mutley.

This morning Kevin cycled back to Haybes to collect the motor home and I thought he’d been a long time … I get a text telling me he’d been to have a go on a zip wire, 1.2km long and 110 metres high at 139 km/h! I’m sure there are easier ways to kill yourself!  Seriously they do this over a valley (we saw them as we were cruising along) and they are flat as a board hanging on a piece of string! Madness.

We drove into Charleville this afternoon to get the Internet sorted out … its so expensive here! Plus I managed to get a bit of retail therapy under my belt – it has been a while!

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