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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.

Saturday, 31 March 2012

36 boats and still counting.

Not an inch to spare anywhere. Boats have been squeezed in every conceivable space. If any boat comes up the lock that isn't attached to our lot and want to wind round, they'll have a blue fit!! My old camera is performing okay so I went back out to take some more of the boats arriving yesterday, as well as watching the work party on the lock cottage. On Electra their Canary was enjoying the afternoon sunshine

Mick and Carole's ships parrot canary

ECP&DA work party repairing guttering and window frames on the Lock cottage.

Norman ( mooring officer ) arriving and winding round

Dave cleaning the brasses putting all of us to shame.
We had a great night playing games last night. The committee open the cottage and everyone who arrived on their boat could join in. Most of the time we just got together and socialised but Dominoes and Mexican train proved to be very popular.

This morning more and more boats arrived. Trying to get them moored, as well as some wanting to wind round, was quite a task. So here are today's photo contribution.

Finally got the photo I wanted yesterday.  Look no longer pink

Lining the banks towards the lock

Moored below lock is Nb Perch. For years it sat in two halves on the Erewash canal before being restored by Barry Argent, the son of the old boatman Ike , and joined together at sheetstores workshop last year.
Ike Argent sharing a doughnut with a friend at Middlewich rally in 1992. Photo from Working boats of the UK Waterways/Boat People
Many thanks Andy

The late Ike Argent,(on R.H side of picture) Erewash Canal legend
who was a great help to the ECP&DA

No more room above the lock.

While I was walking to get into a good position to take some of these photos, I notice the Azola weed lurking in the margins. At the moment the canal appears clear of the stuff but not for long if it starts growing again.

The dreaded Azola weed in its Spring colours.

Everyone is gearing up for tonight's fun. The band has arrived and are at this moment setting up, Carole has been and fetched the meat pies, and the 3 huge catering tins of mushy peas have been opened and is ready to be heated up on the cooker. Bring it on!!!


Andy said...

You could have linked to where you got the image of Ike and the Pony from..... I dont mind it being used but I do ask for a link back on the page.


Ian and Irene Jameison said...
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Ian and Irene Jameison said...

My apologies Andy. I have found the link and included it in my post. I've considered myself well and truly told off.

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