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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.

Friday, 29 June 2012

A bloggers gathering.

Well!  Who would have believed it. Not only did we meet up with Jan and Dai on Nb Jandai a couple of days ago, but who should turn up yesterday?  Roger and Pat on Nb The Cats Whiskers. Its uncanny that the two boats fitted out by Kingfishers, should meet in Birmingham. Even more uncanny was the fact we were here as well. Off course this meant we all just had to visit The Malt House to partake of the food and the amber liquid and regale each other with boaty tales. Thanks guys for a fantastic evening. Lets do it again sometime.

From left to right.  Ian, Dai, Roger at the back, Jan, Pat and of course me.

Yesterday I told of my concern over Ian's arrival back to Birmingham airport. Well my concerns were well founded as, when he eventually arrived back to the boat, he told me tales of  violent turbulence due to the thunderstorms, with the plane ducking and diving as if on a  roller coaster. Quite a few passengers were having to grab their sick bags and Ian said the smell coming from the back of the plane was pretty bad.. The stewardesses were rushed of their feet trying to sort it all out. He was very glad when they eventually touched down and was able to vacate the now putrid smelling plane! Still he's back now, and in one piece, and came armed with jars of dutch mayonnaise. Not quite sure what I would have done to him if he had forgotten the said items!! Probably not spoken to him for a few days. Ian said that would have been a blessing although I'm sure I don't know what he means :) 

Delicious Mayo. Wonderful on chips!
We had hoped to head towards Worcester but looking on Waterscape web site found this email,

Tardebigge Lock 58  -  Diglis Basin

Thursday 28 June 2012 until further notice
Due to the high water levels the Canal is now closed. British waterways  apologies for any inconveience this may cause.

and to think a month ago we were all on water restrictions and hosepipe bans!!!!

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