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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.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Stove test.

With the light fading and the temperature dropping the stove was lit for the second time since we acquired it. The lounge smoke alarm had it's battery returned to the casing  ( we usually only leave the bedroom alarm active because Jade goes to jelly if the alarm goes off, which, I'm sad to say, is frequently especially when I do the toast! ) and with fingers crossed, and watching the door closely for signs of smoke, we waited to see what would happen. Thankfully nothing. The airwash across the glass kept it clean and no smoke appeared from around the door frame. Seems that the problem was the amount of smoke generated by the smoke pellet. I think I can safely say we have a working fire again.

We have finally set off on our travels . Staying at Newlands for nearly a fortnight while we did family things was beginning to make me go doolally. This is only a short cruise, though, cause we have to be back at Campbell Park in 9 days time for our Grandson Oscars 5th birthday as well as our son Colin 38th and Ians 61st, how did we manage to have so many birthdays in October! Iwona's family are arriving from Poland for the party so we have been told that we have to be in Milton Keynes for the 4th. So we have decided to head up the Northampton Arm.  We have loads of locks to do but at least being all single it should be a bit easier. I would have loved a couple of days on the Nene but it's not worth paying out for a licence. This will have to wait for a later date. We are now at Cosgrove moored by the Iron Aquaduct. Lovely river walks below and a very quiet mooring..... if it wasn't for the incessant quaking of the female ducks and the rookery behind us!

Unusual to see two Herons together especially as they are solitary birds.

Mural at Wolverton

Iron Aqueduct

First time fishing again and I catch a Ruff

And finally:-  The hoverfly

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