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.
Gosh it was icy this morning. As we are breasted up with an ex Alvechurch hire boat, to get to the bank we have to step across his stern deck ( cruiser type ). We soon found out it was devoid of any anti grip cos Jade's feet went in all directions except forward and nearly ended head first between the two boats! God it was lethal. Still we got ourselves and both dogs off the boat without any further mishap and armed with Echo's luggage ie basket, lead, collar, tablets etc, drove back to Swadlincote to drop Echo back at Christine and Kev's. Then we took ourselves to the Copt Oak in Leicestershire for a family meal with my half sister Susannah, brother in law Andy and nieces Melissa and Lucy.
Susannah, Andy, Lucy, Mellisa and Ian
I had to get in the picture too!
Leaving the pub Ian and I thought we would take a detour to Sawley and have a look at the flood lock. Those fishermen yesterday were not wrong. The flood gates are closed and the river is only just below the lock gate. I think we have resigned ourselves to heading back to Langley but you never know the gods might shine favourably on us and bring the river levels down.