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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, 1 April 2012

And then they were gone!

Last night was one of the best nights both Ian and I have had in a long time. So many friends and fellow boaters turned up that it was lucky that Carole had some idea of how many Pies to order otherwise we  could have had a riot on our hands.. The whole evening was full of boating tales, causing loads of hilarity,  and some of our members brought their musical instruments along to entertain us.

enjoying the music


They call themselves Chilli Dogs!

Michael in whistle

and singing

and even on the Accordian. Man of many talents.
   I departed for my bed at midnight but Ian didn't arrive back until the wee hours of the morning. We were all very bleary eyed this morning but still the mass exodus started very early.

Ian holding onto the rope of Electra, while Icing and Bracken sidle out.

This made me chuckle. Electra was stuck on the mud and, instead of Michael grabbing the pole to help get the boat off, He let Carole do all the hard work!!

Queueing for the lock.
  We were one of the last away going down with Nb Waterlily. She is actually the front end of the working boat Kestrel. The arse end is moored by Chris & Jan Deuchar at Trent lock.

 After leaving Waterlily at Shardlow and watering up below the lock,we made our way to our planned destination, somewhere between Bridge 11 & 12 on the T & M. Our plan? To fill the boat with more of the wood cut down by BW's contractors.

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