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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, 9 November 2013

Foiled by the River again.

Friday night was games night at the cottage and although only 10 turned up to play Mexican Train, it turned out to be a thourougly enyoyable evening. With the exception of 1 couple who had to leave before the game was finished, we managed to stay up until past 1 am. This morning was spent tidying up the cottage before the 60's do tonight and when we emerged, we were very surprised to see several boats having arrived from the direction of Trent lock that had managed to wind. Three boats now were across the basin!  With the river back on red boards last Thursday and with all the rain we had yesterday, I was convinced  our three boats would be the only ones here, but it seems that the Trent had once more come out of flood. Too late for many of our members to come by boat and our numbers will be reduced because of it.

This shows how we have had to moor. Our one stern rope and bow mud weight is all that's keeping the three of us from moving!

Great to see 4 more boats made it.
 Usually the whole of the basin is filled with as many as 30 boats. To me that's the one down side of being on the Erewash. We have to negotiate the Trent to go anywhere. Now if the Derby and Sandiacre society could get sufficient funding to reopen the Derby canal, the Trent would no longer be a problem. Its such a shame for those that have put in all the hard work to see the evening not well attended.

Ian asked for me to include this photo which he took on our way to Shardlow, as he found it very amusing. Hence the caption at the bottom.
Short back and sides and nothing off the top!

And finally:-

This is the Kingfisher in my new blog picture. I clicked the shutter just as he took off.

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