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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, 31 August 2013

Literacy required for some boaters!

Last night sun set

Its typical! I spout on about lone boaters leaving gates open and what do we find today?  At every lock except the last two we had to close the blasted gates. Not just one but both. So on the grounds that most single boats in a double lock go through one gate, I can only assume it was two boaters who couldn't be bothered!  Its ironic really that the second lock of the day had this notice on the balance beam. Seems some boaters cant read either!!!

Lock walls dry so must have been someone going through last night.
Still we were not in any rush so apart from the frustration of having to keep going to and fro from gate to gate, we just got on with it. At Leighton Buzzard we had to negotiate the rows of Wyvern boats getting ready for the next lot of hirer's. Yesterday a couple told us that last Saturday they had an hour and a half wait at Leighton lock for the staff of Wyvern boats to explain to new hirer's how the lock worked. Instead of showing them and moving on to allow the lock operation, they all just sat in the lock. So for us getting through before 2pm this afternoon was a priority.

Going past the Globe and moored right outside was the Ice Cream boat. With ice cream cone only £1 it would have been rude of us not to sample a couple.

Having thoroughly enjoyed the ice cream we only traveled another 1/2 mile before calling it a day. As I wanted to watch Casualty tonight, and trying to tune the omni aerial produced zilch, Ian had to humour me and put up the other arial. As you can see we needed to have it fully extended just to get a picture!

Fenny Stratford tomorrow. All of 6 miles and 5 locks. Lets hope the gates will be closed this time!

1 comment:

Adam said...

Lots of the gates in that area swing open of their own accord once you've set off, so it may be that no-one was to blame. They also do that annoying thing where the boat comes in through one gate and the other swings open.

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