Come boating with Sammy and me

Today is an exciting day for Sammy (onespoiledcat). He is a very special cat and he’s one of the first friends I made in the blogging world. Sammy is visiting many bloggers today to see the places that they choose to share with him.

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Sammy landed his hot air balloon in my back garden in time to join us for breakfast. After some refreshment he was ready for an adventure. We set off and arrived at the boatyard where a narrow boat was being prepared for us.

narrow boat at boatyard

Our ride awaits!

We were soon on board, along with our provisions for the day. It was a relaxing way of exploring part of the Leeds and Liverpool canal.

The canal was completed and officially opened 200 years ago. It took many years to build and parts of it were open sooner than that.

The canal was built for transporting goods. But these days, the boats on the canal are leisure boats. The towpath is no longer used by horses pulling the barges along, but you’ll meet walkers, joggers and cyclists.

We hadn’t gone far when some ducks flew towards us in a hurry. They were keen to meet Sammy.

flying ducks landing on canal

Flying ducks

As you can see from the following photographs, we explored a quiet section of the canal away from the bustle of the towns it flows through.

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I think Sammy enjoyed his visit. I do hope so!

You’ll find all the other blogs taking part in this event on this special page on Dory’s Backyard, so you can visit all the places that Sammy does.

This special day for Sammy was organised by Madi and Easy. You can read about it here.

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Sadly, our friend Easy passed away very suddenly – our thoughts are with his family.

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Thank you for visiting me, Sammy. I hope you enjoy today.

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  1. Great to meet you Clowie! I bet Sammy enjoyed his trip on the canal. Did he chase the ducks?
    Toodle pip!

  2. What a wonderful thing you are all doing for Sammy. He was one of my first blogging friends too.

  3. wow imagine that… 200 years old water and it is still fresh :o) I sometimes wish we still had a little bit of the ole times as the canal was a way to transport a lot of things… what a fab place you picked, BRAVO!
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    • Thank you, I hope Sammy is enjoying his day.

      The water has matured nicely, there’s a lot of wildlife making their own unique contributions to its flavour!

  4. That was a lovely trip along the canal for Sammy.
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  5. A trip on a narrow boat! It sound just perfect. You can see the whole world that way!

    Mara, Brom and Miss Oswin from Norway
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  6. What a beautiful trip you took Sammy on! You lucky things.
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  7. Oh Clowie my beautiful friend what a wonderful narrow boat trip you and I have taken this morning – ducks and EVERYTHING. So peaceful and beautiful and a perfect say to spend my visit with you. It’s a lovely spot and I know you are happy to have places like this to take long walks with your bipeds. May you enjoy your life always and forever sweet friend………..

    Hugs, Sammy
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    • Sammy, I’m so glad you liked this trip! I thought it would be relaxing for you when you have such a busy day.

      It is a lovely part of the country for taking walks – I love it.

      Enjoy the rest of your day, Sammy.

  8. Great post for Sammy. We are so sad about Easy, such a loss for us all, but especially his family.
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    • Thank you. Yes, it is sad about Easy. It’s always hard to lose a furry member of the family, but when it’s so suddenly it’s a terrible shock.

  9. I just know Sammy loved that boat ride! You showed him a wonderful float your boat kind of time, Clowie!

  10. Oh Clowie, what a great time Sammy is having. Such a beautiful place and the canal is super!!
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  11. What a neat area you live in and thank you for the neat post for Sammy. A hard week but God loves the Sammys and Easys even more than we do.

  12. I’m happy to hear you had a fun time with Sammy. And I’m sorry to learn about Easy’s passing. I think about him.

  13. Clowie….what a fabulous place to live. Mom and Dad would love to take that lovely canal ride just like Sammy. Very interesting boats too
    We have learned so much today
    Thanks for joining us
    Hugs madi your bfff

  14. I am sure Sammy loved the day you planed for him.

  15. Great tour! We sure will miss sweet Sammy 🙁

  16. We are just heartsick about Easy and Sammy…….the World lost two exceptionally good ones……our hearts are broken. We are certain Sammy loved your post!
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  17. We just know Sammy enjoyed his visit with you thoroughly! It looks like a very lovely and peaceful boat ride.
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  18. Oooh we did a canal boat trip once further up the Thames. It was a lot of fun and I know Sammy will have enjoyed this!!
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  19. The loss of both Easy and Sammy has hit Blogville especially hard. Your trip down the canal was a lovely one, I’m sure Sammy enjoyed it immensely.
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  20. Clowie you chose a lovely place for Sammy’s visit
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  21. What a lovely trip you had with Sammy! I couldn’t help but notice in one of the pictures you took, Clowie… Are those my goose friends? They disappear every autumn, and I’ve been wondering where they get to…

    • Hi Stella! I don’t think those geese are yours, but it is possible. I’ll tell you what happened. They arrived in groups over the space of about six weeks in the autumn until there were hundreds and hundreds of them. Then they all flew away. I’ve been told, but not checked it out for myself yet, that these are geese that spend the summer in this country and then head south for the winter. They gather here to migrate. I’m told the same thing happens in the Spring in reverse. They will all arrive together and spend a few weeks here and gradually disperse. There are still 3 or 4 here, so when I see them I’ll try to ask them. It would be nice if they’re your geese on their travels. I never saw a single one during the summer.

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