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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.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Loving the sun!

 Woke up this morning to those blasted crows making a racket again but at least we didn't have the continuous drip drip of rain droplets on the roof. What a lovely change to see the sun. Makes you feel great to be alive. I took this picture of Hanbury Junction where we again stopped last night, and I know I have already posted a picture of the junction but, without all the boats to block the view, I felt this one was so much better.

Our plan was to head off to Worcester today, but as we didn't want to arrive until Tuesday of next week and because we badly needed water  ( remember top boxes in well deck!) and also to empty both cassettes, we turned the boat and set off towards Stoke Prior where we knew the facility block was at Stoke bottom lock next to Black Prince boat yard. We had to do all 6 Astwood locks again and while waiting for Ian to set one of the locks,  I was lucky enough to capture, not only a Buzzard in flight, but a Kestrel as well.

This has been a very quiet day for us. No drama's as such except for a day boat getting themselves grounded on the mud in the reeds.

We are now moored below lock 18 at a lovely rural spot, with the only sounds around coming from the bleating sheep, song birds and the occasional train going past. For the first time in ages we have sat outside making the most of the sunshine, sipping beer and just chilling out. Its all change tomorrow as rain is expected again so we may have to batten down the hatches if the BBC weather forecasters are right.

Tonight's mooring

Balloon arrived in the late evening.

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