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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.

Friday, 3 October 2014

A steamy sort of day in more ways then one.

They weren't wrong! Rain and strong winds were predicted and that is exactly what we got! To say we got a bit damp was an understatement. In fact we got drenched right down to the unmentionables.
Set out from the hotel in the dry, got to Douglas station in the dry, boarded the steam train in the dry, got to our destination at Castletown and alighted in almost horizontal rain! A ten minute walk to the town center and not an inch of us was dry! First stop find the castle and get under cover. Then found out it didnt open till 11am so made a dash for the bus shelter where we stayed for the next 15 minutes. When we did get into the castle and the warm Ians glasses misted up and the steam rose from our coats. Still we spent a very pleasent 2 hours looking round and by the time we left most of our clothing had dried.

In the latrine

Very misty and wet view from the castle walls

Another one of those thunder boxes

After partaking of coffee and scone at the bowling green cafe, we then made our way to the Nautical Museum to view an 18th Century yacht Peggy, housed in a basement. No photos as she as squeezed into an almost impossible small space and so couldn't get the right angle. The owner then bricked her in and built over the top thereby increasing the size of his own residence. Only a few photos to show of this museum.

Net making machine

Biscuit making machine
The return journey to Castletown station was equally as wet as when we arrived 5 hours before. This time instead of horizontal rain it just fell straight down in torrents. So very glad when we returned to our hotel and could get warm. With the radiators full drying the clothes, it wasn't long before our bedroom was all steamed up and felt like a sauna. You could say its been quite a steamy sort of day! Hopefully tomorrow will be better. Just showers and sunny spells so not planning to take the brolly. 

Waiting for the train back at Castletown Station.

A very wet Dennis and Margaret

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