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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, 25 April 2010

Grass snake


   As I fished on the Coventry canal this snake appeared from nowhere and slowly made its way along the far edge. I assumed it was a grass snake as they often take to the water.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Really good fish on the Coventry canal



 The journey to the Coventry canal was slow and very relaxing. Dennis and Margaret and us were in no hurry so we only traveled a couple of hours a day. Going through Fradley was probably the most stressful as we had to make the turn onto the Coventry canal. Im sure all the boats entering the Trent and Mersey from Coventry were out to get us as boat after boat kept coming through. As you may or may not be aware the locks on the T & M were immediately before the junction so all the boats suddenly emerging made it very interesting to say the least.

What a fantastic part of the Coventry canal this is. I had two huge bream and a chub of at least 3 1/2Lb.

   

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Bramcote water park on the Trent and Mersey



 Christine and Kev came to see us at Bramcote water park. The day was perfect and Joshua loved being the centre of attention. The weather was perfect and after they left we decided to stay for another day and have our first BBQ.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Fireman at Trent Lock



On the way back to Shardlow we decided to stop on the pontoons outside the Navigation Inn for a meal. While we were there a bunch of Firemen came onto the pontoon for a series of exercises. On inquiring what they had planned we were told that each fireman had to control an R O V in the water to recover a body in the water. These are some of thew pictures I took. The "EYE'S" in the water is the R O V. Scary when you see it coming toward you in the dark! The " body" was a life size mannequin.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Slalom at Pier Point



 On arrival we had a few issues on mooring the boat. The first part of the moorings was on the river and consequently the height of the wall meant that the dogs wouldn't be able to get of. Going on toward the lock the wall was lower but a 1 foot concrete plinth meant that we couldn't get as near to the bank as we would have liked. We managed or should I say the dogs managed to get on and off so we decided to stay where we were. Next to our mooring and just over the hill was this slalom coarse, and very entertaining it was to.

River Trent

After turning round in Shardlow we headed back toward Sawley and then onto the Beeston cut. Our aim was to get to Pier Point at Holme Lock on the river Trent. There we planned to stay for a few days before winding round to go back to Shardlow where we were due to meet Dennis and Margaret. The Trent was at normal levels and we made good time to Pier Point.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Mixed up duck



Suddenly this duck landed on the roof of our boat right by our family of ducks. Is this a case of mistaken identity?

She finally realized her mistake and flew down to her real family.

Our duck Family


I painted our yellow ducks to represent a proper duck family. It's our duck lookouts. We have no crows nest so the omni aerial does instead.

Mist at Trent lock


 7 am and not a breath of wind. The mist was laying over the fields and canal and I couldn't resist taking this picture of the cooling towers at Ratcliff Power Station.

Christines & Joshua's visit



  We'll make a boatman of Joshua yet!

The Moppets


In November the ECP & DA are holding a 40's evening at Sandiacre lock cottage. Margaret Heather and me are going as Housewife's during the war years. Here is Heather and Margaret showing us the latest fashion in apron wear.  

When it was our turn to enter the dock, we had trouble in closing the gates. After a lot of heaving and pulling we finally managed it and started to let the water out of the dock. Thats when we realized that the gates were letting in water as fast as the water was draining away. Mick then had a brilliant idea. He asked us all for the ash out of our ash pan. He then poured the ash into the water where the leaks were and low and behold the leak sealed. Genius.

  



Friday, 2 April 2010

Dry Dock




Nothing much to report while sitting at Sandiacre. Ian and I did the Granny and Grandad thing. Our grandson Oscar developed Chicken Pox and was pretty ill with it. So much so that he ended up in hospital with extremely high temperature. I went down to Milton Keynes to help look after him for 5 days, then when he was on the road to recovery I went to my daughters up in Swadlincote to look after our other grandson Joshua while Christine went into work for a few days.  So much to our plan of letting the kids fend for themselves!! We had the Pie and Pea do at the Lock cottage on the 27th March and finally left to dry dock the boat at Kingfishers Trent Lock on 2nd April. Dennis and Margaret, Dave and Heather, Mick and Carole and us had booked in for a week with Dennis and Dave going on first. 

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