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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, 2 November 2013

It's all gone very quiet

So very quiet here. Hardly any boats have gone past and only a couple have moored up nearby. Now that half term is over and loads of the summer boaters are back in their marinas, us continual cruisers have the canals to ourselves once again. We had a sort of surprise visit from our daughter Christine, Son in Law Kev and Grandson Josh It was one of those spur of the moment visits which gets one racing around to bake a cake and then discovers there is no bread! Quick phone call to Christine and a loaf was purchased. Kev spent the whole afternoon fishing with my pole even though he swears blind that rod is best and caught loads of chub and roach. Typical when I tried to fish this morning before they arrived and the only thing I caught was one small Perch.

Out for a walk round the lake. Josh chasing Echo

Christine explaining about the wildlife to Josh. Echo is hiding behind her and Jade is in the front.

Josh says he's to big to be carried on board and can do it himself.

 The park is full of wildfowl, some that I have never seen here before. Most of the pictures today and tomorrow will be of the wildlife in and around the lake. We probably don't expect to make a move until Monday but it all depends on the weather as gales are forecast for tonight. Will this be another storm that never was!

Blackbird greeting the dawn

Definitely male and female as they never left each others sides but possible hybrids

Muskovy duck

and female perhaps

Female Gadwell

Landed on the galley window.

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