HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:12 pm

Thanks for that link but I'm in "Jolly Old England" so shipping might be an issue :-)

My workshop is next door to an o-ring supplier so I'm easily sorted

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:09 am

narfi wrote:
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:47 pm
I like the blue rail, it turned out very well!
Cant wait to see the smiling grand kids in it :)
Thanks Narfi,

Methinks messing about with littluns will have to wait 'till next year now.

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:21 pm

Summer is turning to Autumn here so took advantage of a reasonable morning's weather to go for a little paddle.

Used a kayak paddle and covered a little over four miles at mostly relaxed pace.

Nice and peaceful at first; saw a couple of herons fishing, loads of Mallard and some big carp.

Not so quiet on the way back because the noise of the stock-car (banger) racing at a local track, getting chased by a looney Swan and when I got to my launch site, there was a herd of screaming kids, playing in canoes, jumping in the water and having fun. Don't they know they are supposed to be sat in front of an X-box eating crisps ? :-)

Just for interest, this canal was completed in 1794. This stretch passes through what has always been military training areas and most of the bridges were built by The Royal Engineers.
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by terrulian » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:18 pm

Beautiful.
I really do like the fact that with my little V10 I can explore areas near me that I've never seen before even though I've lived here for 46 years. And most of them are quiet and serene and not often visited by other folks.
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by peter-curacao » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:20 pm

Wow beautiful location and very well build canoe, thx for sharing pics 8)

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by pee wee » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:25 pm

Congratulations on our build, I hope she continues to bring you memories for years to come.

You reminded me of a paddle I took in the Okefenokee Swamp years ago, we were gliding along looking at all the alligators, bird and turtles when we heard a motor approaching. The gators sunk below the surface, the turtles slid off their perches and the birds took flight. Here came a boat full of people looking right and left at bare trees and some people in canoes . . . they had missed it and they were never going to get the special experience that can only be gotten with a little effort.
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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by bigyellowtractor » Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:31 pm

Thanks Chaps.

I need to get hold of a waterproof camera; it's way scarey digging my phone out of a drybag on a wobbly canoe.

Hank,

Your post reminds me of a poem I have nailed up in my office, not three feet from where I am typing this
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
But also, until quite recently I thought that the Okefenokee Swamp was a place my Dad had made up !! It was always used to describe some unreachable far off place. In the same vain as Outer Mongolia or Timbuktu :-) "We're lost, we could be in the Okefenokee Swamp as far as I know"

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by TomW1 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:47 am

Beautiful place you have there. The canoe will be perfect for exploring it and similar places for a long time.

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Re: HC12 22nd September 2017 Big Yellow Tractor

Post by pee wee » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:42 am

bigyellowtractor wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:31 pm
But also, until quite recently I thought that the Okefenokee Swamp was a place my Dad had made up !! It was always used to describe some unreachable far off place. In the same vain as Outer Mongolia or Timbuktu :-) "We're lost, we could be in the Okefenokee Swamp as far as I know"
Ha! That's funny, and also surprising to know that the Okefenokee is referred to so far away. It's one of the world's beautiful places, and best appreciated from a canoe. Trivia tidbit: Okeefenokee is an American indian name that means something like "land of the trembling earth", a reference to the floating peat that grows so thick you can walk on it. There was a big fire there recently that burned large parts of it, once fire gets into the peat it's nearly impossible to put out, but it also is supposed to reap benefits by opening up more waterways.

You've got lots of special places to explore where you are, thanks for sharing those photos. Surely there's a reasonably priced weatherproof camera?
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