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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, 30 May 2013

Only one more day to go.

Both Ian and I are getting really excited about our immanent departure from Langley Mill. We are also a bit concerned that there are still some outstanding bits to be completed on the boat. Ive not mentioned much about the galley just lately or our new stove, well they are nearly but not quite finished. With only tomorrow to go before we leave our mooring for good ( more about that later ) Ian has decided to finish grouting the tiles in the galley tonight but the stove will have to wait until after the rally at Pelsall. The fire is in but the flue hasn't been painted and the fire cement needs to be applied.

All finished one side but

the tiles still need grout on the other side.

Be great when the stove is finally working
Then we nearly ran out of diesel. Again its all to do with not having a working stove and the awful cold weather we have had lately. The diesel heating has been run on and off for ages and it was only once we went to bed that it got shut down. It meant a run to Kegworth Marina with 5 20ltr drums so we could at least have a chance of getting to Pelsall before we ran out. Also today we took our friend Pat ( the wife of Keith who died a couple of weeks ago ) to Foxton Locks for her 60th birthday. The lunch at Foxton Inn was delicious and it gave Pat a chance to get out and try to enjoy herself.

Pat and Ian

Side ponds at Foxton
Tomorrow I will drive the car back to Sandiacre and catch the bus back leaving Ian and a few of the ECP&DA work party to try and move 8 boats out of the basin that were left by the boaters attending the rally. Without those boats moved none of our members can get their boats out to leave for Pelsall.

So now a quick mention on our mooring plans. We have been classed as continues cruisers since leaving our bungalow 5 years ago. With tenants having made it their home these last 2 years and having no wish to leave in the immediate future, it didn't feel right to keep coming back. They may have thought we were checking up on them. Since Ian has now twice had to have chemotherapy over the last 3 years we felt that having a permanent base would be beneficial. ECP&DA have offered us a mooring in the basin and we have excepted their offer. It means now that we wont ever have to worry if Ian is recalled for more treatment. We may only use it over 3 months in the winter but for the both of us it's peace of mind.

2 comments:

Captain Ahab said...

See you at Pelsall

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Hi Captain Ahab

We will make sure we find you. See you there.

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