The Start of this year’s tour

departing view of the headlands area of Hartlepool, with St. Hilda’s church

HMS Trincomalee, a wooden ship built in India, and one of the oldest wooden ships still afloat. Part of National Royal Navy museum

part of the Green Man festival in Clun, Shropshire

Whitby Abbey ruins that dominates the skyline of Whitby Harbour, on arrival

Wow! I’ve been in Hartlepool longer than anywhere else in the UK as part of my adventure. Not exactly what was planned, but the people of Hartlepool have made this abysmal winter season much more bearable. I have a newly painted boat, some needed maintenance issues have been addressed, and I made significant progress in ringing. All very good. May weather has been spectacular, and I spent a most wonderful time with friends Steve and Sandi in their new Shropshire home, observing the ‘Green Man ‘ festival in Clun.

I’m officially on the move, and made my maiden voyage this year from Hartlepool to Whitby on a very nice day. Unfortunately, the boat is reacting less favourably from being woken from winter sleep, and I have a few things to do in Whitby before proceeding. All part of the adventure.
I am most impressed: as I arrived and dealt with mooring, I hear the bells of the local tower. I must check that out!
Thanks to all those in Hartlepool who made my sojourn there so memorable. A first quarter peal of Bob Doubles inside, and so many chances to work with amazing ringers as they made their memorable progress moments. Jack, Andrew(s) and the ladies: thanks.
And now, on to new places and experiences. I’ll have more photos as I figure out how to transfer pictures easily across Mac and Windows platforms.
Best wishes to all.

About Ed Mortimer

I'm a retired school teacher, now living on my Dutch cruiser in France. I'm touring as much of the canals and river systems as I can. This blog describes what I do and where I've been. I did spend 5 years on first a narrowboat, and then this boat, in Britain.
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