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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, 15 June 2012

Stratford day 2

Another day seeing the sights and dodging the showers. We paid our money to see Hall Croft house, another place owned by one of Shakespeare family. His daughter Susanna this time. Although the house was impressive it wasn't worth the £7 each we paid to view. Better value was the butterfly farm on the other side of the river. Cost was a reasonable £5.50 each and we must have spent a good couple of hours happily watching the butterflies and insects.

Oldest inhabited house in Stratford

Alms Houses
Unusual coloured rose

150 year old yew tree at Hall Croft


Leaf cutter ants

Leaf  stick insect

Stick insect

Soldier leaf cutter ant

Tadpole from a toad


While we were out the basin filled up with boats, the majority coming up from the river. We failed to make our planned  move to the visitor moorings as not one of the boats had left. It could be because Stratford is holding some sort of regatta tomorrow and there are signs all along the river bank asking boaters not to moor from Friday to Sunday, no doubt to allow the spectators to watch the proceedings.

Loads of boats having to breast up.

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