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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Snow at Langley Mill

The Great Northern Basin and start of the disused Nottingham Canal.

We are on the bank side next to the working boat "BATH"

When I finished my last blog, it was still November. Since then Ian found out he was to be under the NHS for the foreseeable future and all our plans went haywire. Now this put us into an awful position of where do we moor that's near to Nottingham City Hospital. Our own mooring at our bungalow was out of the question as we had let the property and there were no facilities available for us to use. (We couldn't really ask our tenants to let us empty our cassette into their loo!!) Luckily we belonged to the ECPDA society and they found a space for us at Langley Mill.
We arrived on a very cold day at the end of January and to our delight woke up to this scene the next day. We were moored on the inside of a traditional working boat "Bath". As there was no water or electric on this side of the basin, we ended up having to run the electric cable over our boats and onto the other side. You can just see the cable in the picture. When we wanted water we attached the hose to rope (which was attached to our cratch board) and pulled it across the basin. Luckily the water in the hose or taps never froze, and although it was a bit cumbersome, we managed very well.

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