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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.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Bugbrook to Long Buckby

We started the morning by washing all the limescale from the roof after our very wetr journey through the tunnel. Then it was off to cruise a few miles to Nether Heyford to stock up with provisions and more important my fishing bait. Then the long cruise to Long Buckby bottom lock. Had a near miss at one of the bridges when a stupid idiot in a cruiser tried coming through with me. Both of us reversed hard but whereas our boat stopped in a straight line he lost control and ended up broadside across the bridge. He apologised for his lack of control but if he had slowed down when he saw me it would never had happened!

 We were again fortunate to meet up with another boat. The pair are heading for Crick to help set up and you couldn't meet a nicer couple. Boat is Nb Ultreya owned by Chris and Diana from the BCF ( boaters christian fellowship) The shop by lock 8 Anchor cottage run by Tricia Dawson had a very inviting sign outside, ice creams for sale, so while the lock was filling, Ian and Chris went  to fetch the ice creams. BW were doing a spot of lock maintenance and had the lock set for us. The volunteer lock keepers were also on making sure everything worked like clockwork and we got through the flight in no time at all.

Wash and brush up.

The time when we reached the top was 3.30 and I thought the lock would be padlocked after we got through but apparently the restrictions have been lifted somewhat so last boat through is now 3.30. After the usual watering up ,empting loo and getting rid of rubbish we turned left at the junction toward Braunston and are now nicely moored up by a shady tree. Hope the weather forecast is wrong and we don't get a thunderstorm tonight. Jade will be her normal quivering wreck again!!!
Had a big drama after we were moored. If you would like to see what it was please go to dramatic rescue

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