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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 1 January 2014

Journey back.

All festive and ready to welcome the guests.

So here we are again. A New Year has dawned and the festivities are over for another year. We had a great time at Wally and Sue's last night, dancing away to local bands and enjoying the mountain of food and drink. I called it a day at 1.30am but the die hards (Ian being one of them) lasted a good hour longer. All to soon our woofit alarm clock woke us up at 8am by wanting to go out, so with no more thoughts of staying in bed, we dressed and went across to the house to help clear up. Sue, who had had even less sleep then us, was already elbows deep in the washing up and, with both of us given tasks, soon got busy and finished in no time. The weather had turned nasty by the time we finished and although we could have stayed another day, Mick and Carol Golds nb Electra wanted to try to get within spiting distance of Langley and it was daft for us not to go with them and pair up in the locks. By 11.30am we had donned our thermals and wet weather gear, let go ropes for'ard and aft and set off on our journey back.

Mick on Electra going under Sandiacre Road bridge. (lucky shot with the duck landing in front like that)

Pasture Lock
It rained on and off for the whole of the trip but by far worse was the wind. On our backs for most of the way, which we were all very grateful of, it made life interesting when going in the locks. Yes we did get very wet and cold but made reasonable time considering every lock was against us and top gates open! (don't even get me started on that argument again!!!!) and by the time we reached Gallows Inn we called it a day. Tomorrow we have another 7 locks to do and the forecast is for better weather. Good job too as my wet weather gear is still very wet!

And finally:-

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