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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.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Leaving a foggy Swarkstone after wood gathering

Leaving Swarkstone this morning you couldn't see your hand in front of your face. Our headlight was on but the three canaltime boats heading toward us didn't seem to bother about not being visible, so twice I nearly ran into them. If they drove without lights on the road they would be asking for trouble!!!

The fog seemed to get denser as the morning progressed. BBC weather forecast said it would lift very quickly. Well it certainly didn't here! Halfway to Western lock was another pile of cut branches. Last night Ian moved all the wood that we had collected yesterday to the water side to even out the list in the boat. This meant we had room for more!!!

We couldn't get another branch on if we tried!!! All the bags are filled with ready cut wood for the fire.

 Today the locks were not in our favour but at Derwent mouth we picked up another boat and that made life a bit easier. At Sawley, Dave the lock keeper, was nowhere to be seen so it was left to Ian as a DIY job. We let the other boat leave first as we were going to cut agross further down the river and into the Erewash. Lovely surprise greeted us. No Azolla Weed.  After using the facilities at Trent lock we set of for the final leg of our journey.
We are now back at our moorings in Sandiacre. Ian has a few bits and bobs to do round the bungalow and I'm going to chill out and maybe start fishing again.

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