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.
What fabulous weather for the time of year. It makes you feel rejuvenated after the dull days of winter. As the family were coming over for a meal in the Navigation, it meant Ian could stay here and get some jobs done round the boat. We let the fire go out and while I gave the outside of the boat a spit and polish, Ian scrapped the chimney flue with his home made 'tool' and gave the stove the once over. Then it was time for enjoying the sun. Jade took full advantage of the warm sun, and we got the chairs out to sit and enjoy the first good day we have had in ages. The solar panels were doing a good job putting 2.6 amps into the batteries, more then enough to keep up with the fridge and radio and put in a small charge. We still have to run the engine, but instead of running for 4 hours to get to a 100% charge, we now only have to run the engine for 2 hours. Quite a considerable saving on the diesel.
Doing a good job.
Colin, Iwona, Iwona's mum Vwacha and our Grandchildren, Oscar and Oliver, all arrived at the Navigation just after midday. Thankfully we booked a table for 6 for 12.30pm because even that early, the place was heaving. After placing our meal order it took over an hour before it finally arrived. Just to get to the bar and pay at the end of the meal took 25 minutes. Still everything was cooked to perfection and afterwards we took the family for a walk by the locks and then back to the boat for coffee. A thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable day.