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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.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Leaving Worcester

Its amazing that yesterday the river was down in the amber. All the boats moored around us suddenly pulled pins and made a dash for either Tewksbury or Stourport. We stayed put for the day as Ian particularly wanted to go the the Commandery before we left. By the time he returned it was to late for us to pull pins. Of course last night it poured, keeping us awake and by 7am the red light by the lock was back on.  The river had risen by 3 ft. I had a bit of a problem taking Jade out for her first walk this morning. On the towpath was 2 signets with the Cob and Pen. I managed to get jade past without to much trouble but the amount of walkers, cyclist and runners that turned round rather then face their wrath was amazing. Two manged it without incident but I had a good chuckle watching them.

The look of a proud mother.

Keeping his bike between the Swans. Only way to get past. Great way to slow the cyclist down  Maybe we aught to make a couple of cardboard cut outs!!!

Having left later then anticipated cos we wanted to have a look at the river, we got underway late morning in glorious sunshine.. All the locks were with us or with boats coming down . In fact between 15 and 16 on Offerton locks we didn't need to raise a paddle as the pound above was flooded and water poured over the top gates.

Although the day started promising the clouds soon appeared. Then the wind started and it turned really chilly. Time to moor up, we thought, and managed to get in at Dunhampstead before the heavens opened. Tomorrow should be a good day so, before we set off again, Ian is going to touch up the paintwork on the gunwales. No doubt the first lock I take the boat into,  I'll probably take it all off again!!

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