Last Friday we left Lier and headed back towards our lovely mooring on the Belgium border at Leers on the Roubaix canal. Having made the decision to return south and to calmer and more relaxing climes we both felt much happier.
We choose a route back that would include the famous Ronquieres inclined plane and the Strepy boat lift. What great feats of engineering these two huge structures are, both able to lift barges of 1350 tonnes up and down many meters without the need for multiple locks.
The weather continues to be really poor, much rain with occasional breaks of hot sweaty days. The long range forecast suggests that summer will not arrive until September, hope they are wrong. At least we are in a good place, with fine walks for Gladys, fine beer for me and peace and quiet for Mrs T.
We have decided to stay here rather than move onto the Somme. Our very good friends Simon, Lou and baby Stanley arrive next week, and there is a Brazilian spectacular and fireworks at the Bar this weekend to celebrate French National day (known wrongly to us Brits as Bastille Day) also Paul, Dawn and Gunner on ‘Casey May Too’ are in the area and are threatening to turn up next week.
Once we do finish here and finally leave we will do a long stint back to Burgundy and hopefully catch some real summer before tying up for the winter.
This post was written by Terry Barrett
Photographs by Tes