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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, 9 July 2013

Still on the Ashby because of a plant!

Not just any plant. A very special plant given to Dad Kev by Son Josh on Fathers day. We had strict instructions not to let anything happen to it when Christine dropped Echo off on July 1st. It was only a few hours after they had left yesterday that I spied it on top of our stove. Then came a frantic phone call late last night after the realisation hit that we had forgotten to give it back. Now I was quite prepared to dig a hole on the towpath and let it grow on to its hearts content but Kev nearly had a blue fit when this was suggested and so Christine has had to come all the way from Swadlincote to Baulkington nr Nuneaton just so Kev can have his plant. I'm beginning to wonder if its a marijuana plant!

I have been told it is a Sunflower.
As we only had about 2 miles to travel to get to bridge 5 we had a leisurely breakfast followed by the washing of our roof and side of the boat. Although our mooring by the Lime Kilns didn't have overhanging branches, the sap and pollen from the leaves nearby covered the boat in a sticky goo. So it wasn't until mid morning that we set off. Thankfully a space just after bridge 5 meant we could stay and await the arrival of Christine and Josh. Not somewhere to stay at overnight mind, as the road is to near for our liking. We crave the peace and quite of the countryside so will probably move on once the family have left but only to bridge 3. This was the mooring of choice when we arrived on the Ashby a fortnight ago.

The sunset last night.

Water vole appeared this morning much to my delight.
And finally:-

Another weird moth.

Water Snail

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