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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.

Sunday 24 March 2013

The stork came a bit early, dont you think?

I had to make this my first photo.  I expect it was quite a shock for this little one to emerge in these arctic conditions. And no brothers or sisters to keep it company.... ahhhhh
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 Now what was it that I was saying yesterday? About one of our ECP&DA members arriving from Oxford? Well unfortunatly he cried off!!! The weather was to bad for him to attempt the journey. Cant say I blame him really as ice was beginning to form on the slush and more white stuff was coming out of the sky covering the ice! Still we did manage 36 hardy souls who managed to arrive in those conditions and amongst them were quite a few musicians. Carole phoned around and managed to persuade them to bring whatever instruments they had to hand and after we all had devoured the food, they kept us entertained playing folk music for most of the evening. Talking of food, the pies were delicious and because of the lack of bodies we even managed seconds!! How good was that!

Our musicians

We had two new members join the society, Patch the canary and Peter the budgie!
 Going back at 10pm to let Jade out this is what greeted us. Another 2" of snow had fallen within 3 hours.

Because of the worsening conditions many of our members left early but the musicians stayed until the very end at 11.30pm. Thankfully though they didn't go down with a sinking ship. The only ones down was those that ended up on their backsides as they slipped on the ice! Even though the turnout wasn't brilliant a great night was had by all. Its certainly one of the Pie and Pea nights that wont be forgotten for a long time.

Sandiacre Lock Cottage at midnight

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