Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

A Trip Down Memory Lane.........

..............or should that be Canal?

Today has turned out to be another fine, sunny and Spring-like day, and with Margaret again working on another supply teaching assignment, leaving me to my own devices, I decided to visit old cruising grounds - namely The Lancaster Canal, and Moons Bridge Marina at the Southern end, near Preston. We bought a Freeman 24 there in 2005 after a return to ownership of 30 odd years, and kept it until late 2008, when we bought Kelly Louise. My first boat, a Norman 20, by coincidence called Kelly Sue, (I didn't name either of them), was also on The Lancaster, moored at Galgate Marina, then owned by Ladyline Ltd, a national marina and leisure company and called Nor'west Marina. Handily, the marina was previously owned by my friend's father, who, after selling out, then went on to manage it, with my friend employed as engineer. I was only 21 at the time, and owned the boat between 1975 and 1976, when I sold it for a power boat on Windermere. We used to take it up there on a trailer I acquired, using an old beat up Land Rover, to spend the odd weekend, which is when the power boat bug bit.

I am starting to get 'withdrawal symptoms' again now, but we have to get our India trip out of the way first before boating can resume in April.

Kelly Sue, Galgate Marina 1975

Kelly Sue, Low Wood Hotel, 1976

Low Wood Hotel, Windermere 1976

Our trusty old (1959) Land Rover 1975

Power boating on Windermere 1976

Our Freeman at Moons Bridge Marina 2005

Moons Bridge Marina, Lancaster Canal

Looking South from Moons Bridge

Bilsborrow on The Lancaster Canal.


  1. Peter, I got a cold shiver down my spine when I read about you "old days" back in 1975. But then Jan had a friend who asked her granddaughter what she was currently studying at school and was told "History". So she asked "What period?" And was told "The 1960's!" Bloody frightening.......

  2. I still find it difficult to grasp that it is 38 years since I bought my first boat!


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