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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.

Monday, 15 September 2014

30 minute journey. 90 minute fill.

Leaving the park moorings at 9.30am, 30 minutes of steady cruising saw us at our destination, the tap at Pear Tree. If we thought the water flow at Gifford park was slow this beats it hands down! We were almost empty and both tanks needed filling but to take 90 minutes???? I mean that's ridicules. In fact at 90% full we decided to call it a day as other boats were waiting.  It's a lovely spot here so we pushed across to moor on rings while debating whether to go back to the park. There are plenty of open spaces to take Jade for a walk and what made our minds up was when a local gentleman told us the pub landlord was most obliging about leaving ones car in his car park. All we need to do is have a meal at some time and I cant see that being a problem. With this in mind Ian and I walked back the 2 miles to fetch the car and, would you credit it,  Newlands (our preferred mooring in Milton Keynes) had two decent sized mooring spaces available. Typical! We thought about backtracking to fetch FS but there would have been no guarantee that the spaces would be free by the time we got back. If this mooring by Pear Tree is okay we will probably stay for the foreseeable future (it's 14 days) and a lot depends on the pub and the noise factor. As I type this music is blaring out and it's not even our sort of tune!

Pear Tree pub can be seen with cars in the car park, we are moored on the left through the bridge 'ole (tap on right)
 And on the walk to get the car,

Crab apples seemed to be the favoured food for these ducks

It's a wonder there not all drunk from the apples fermenting in their stomachs!

Loads of squirrels around here

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