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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.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

First Update.

First I must say a massive thank you to all the lovely comments and well wishes we have received. It would be lovely to see you if you ever manage to venture up the Erewash. Just a quick note to Sue Nb No Problem. Our first meeting was actually at a windy Great Haywood. You came out of the Staffs and Worc onto the T&M, the wind took hold of the boat and you had a devil of a job to get to the facilities. Ian managed to grab hold of your rope and with the help of Vic, got you safely to the side.

 Ian had his first chemo session yesterday and, apart from some heartburn when they gave the anti sickness drug, he came through very well. So, 1 down and only 51 to go!

Had a bit of  a weird moment yesterday, when returning from the hospital we noticed two men holding a huge pole in the air. Seemed such a strange thing for someone to do. Turned out they were from the Eastwood camera society and was taking unusual photos for a competition. The camera was mounted on top of the pole and with a time delay on before the snap was taken, took a panoramic view of Langley. Ian had a look at the photo and saw our boat from above. He said it was amazing. The competition takes place next Thursday and we have an invite to view the photos. Maybe our boat will be amongst the winning picture!

The camera fixed to the pole.

C&RT also put in an appearance. The paddle gear was all treated to a good greasing using a tool I had never seen before. Must save the mess over their hands and could also stop thick grease on the top of the paddle gear ( I always managed to rub against them when crossing the lock, no matter how careful I was.

Doing a spot of gardening. ( Clearing round the bollards.)
 Tomorrow I continue with the piccys. Hope you all like them!


Kevin said...

Hi Ian & Irene,
Thanks for the update on Ian's first session, I hope the treatment continues to go as smoothly as possible.
Thanks also for the open invite, I'll love to take up your offer some time soon as I missed my chance the other week when you were moored outside the Dragon in Willington.
And finally, I think you should join the Eastwood camera club and enter your photos, they're certainly in a class of their own:)
Best wishes,

NB Chance said...

Hi Ian and Irene. Just read your update, Good Luck, we have been thinking of you and will continue to do so through all this. Best Wishes James and Doug x

Anonymous said...

HI Ian & Irene glad Ian had a good first session best of luck for the remainder thinking of you.


Sue said...

Yes of course it was Great Haywood! I was really having to think and think where it was, thankyou for that!

Glad all went well today, thinking of you

Anonymous said...

Hi Ian and Irene,

Carol G called to tell us about her op and then told us about Ian, just to say we are thinking of you and hope to see you before the end of the year! Annie & Jim NB Elizabeth. Ps great pictures Irene xxx

Jo (Boatwoman) said...

Hi both. Thank you for the update on Ian. So glad the first session went ok and here's hoping it continues to go well, as there is nothing worse then feeling rough.

Lots of love and hugs to you both xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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