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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.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Lets hope this is the last of the snow.

The day started dismal and grey without any hint of what was to come. We had a slight frost first thing which rapidly disappeared by 10am and we made the decision to take a trip to Leicester to see our good friends Pat and Keith. The snow started as we left, just a few flurries, but driving past junction 23, the Loughborough turn on the M1, it started to develop into something more substantial.  By the time we arrived at Wigston it had all but stopped and we had high hopes that that would be the end of it. It was not to be as no sooner had we sat down for lunch, then back it came again but this time a tad more then just a few flakes. Another decision was made to leave while the going was good and thank goodness we did as, although the M1 had been gritted, none of the A roads had been touched. What would normally have taken only ten minutes from Junction 26 back to Langley Mill, took nearly 45 minutes. The roads were treacherous and by the time we got back to the boat 2" had already fallen. We couldn't wait to get inside and get warm, so first thing Ian did was to stoke up the fire. Thats when Ian noticed that the glass in the fire door had a huge crack running down one side. I couldn't believe this was happening again as those that read my blog would have read about our fire door shattering back in October 2012( See post ). At the moment we are keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn't break because the temperature tonight is already down to -1 and we don't relish the thought of sitting here freezing our socks off! Another trip to Midland Chandlers at Mercia is now on the cards for tomorrow.

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