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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.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Stoke Golding Beer and Music Fest.

Another lovely day for cruising and before the sun got to hot we set of fairly early for Dadlington. A very necessary stop first was at Sutton Cheney facilities where we also managed to give the side of the boat a quick wash. You should have seen the muck that came off of it!!! We now have a shinny clean roof and two lovely clean sides. Next stop Dadlington. This part of the Ashby is extremely shallow and going to near the sides meant the boat tilting alarmingly, so much to Ian's annoyance, he met another boat coming towards him and had to almost go onto a towpath to avoid this ignorant bloke on a replica tug  who refused to move over. As we went aground Ian shouted to the bloke that if his boat was that deep drafted he may as well forget going up the Ashby. I think Ian's sarcasm fell on stony ground as he just gave a cheesy grin! We managed to reverse off the mud and continue towards Daddlington.

Who'd of thought that by not being able to find a mooring at Dadlington because of the '9ft gap either side' brigade we'd have a day out in Stoke Golding instead. I suppose it didn't really matter where we moored but we did hope that some friends of ours could meet at the Dog and Hedgehog in Daddlington. The meals in the past at this pub/restaurant has been excellent. Still, we thought at Stoke Golding the White Horse would have done just as well. Turns out, though, that our friends couldn't make it after all. By the moorings a notice had been pinned to a tree stating that a beer and music fest was on at the recreation ground. As it was still early in the day we decided to see if we could find it. After a 3/4 mile walk and listening to where the sound was coming from, we found it. The band was playing early 80's music and the real ale was to Ian's liking, although at £3 a pint he felt it was a bit steep. Still we had a great time and with the sun shinning on us righteous made for a good afternoon.

Very strange object in the sky!

Stoke Golding moorings.
And finally:-

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Silver spotted Skipper

1 comment:

Connie said...

That looks like such a good time and the boats look so pretty and cozy moored by the cow field. I wish I was there :)
Come visit and see our sailing photos of our 4th of July sail. We have finally got her restored and in the water.
I love following your blog and sharing your adventures.
Connie :)

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