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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.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Trip up Snaefell and Lady Isabella

Gosh we have been lucky with the weather. So much for the prediction of high winds and torrential rain. Even last night on our way to the Rovers Return (not the one in Coronation Street obviously) the rain held off and for the first time I tried a real ale beer. Okay it was a Lager but one of the Islands brew and very enjoyable it was too. This morning we took the Electric train to Laxey Mines and then the Snaefell mountain railway to the summit. Views were spectacular but oh the wind! Talk about bad hair day. You'll see what I mean in one of the photos at the end of this post. After spending half an hour being nearly blown away we piled back onto the train and headed back to Laxey. From there a 15 minute walk took us to Lady Isabella a huge waterwheel and one of the biggest in the world. We eventually returned to the hotel just in time for another cracking meal. Tomorrow is a question mark as to what we will do 'cause this time we are assured that high winds and rain is definitely coming across the Isle with the possibility of local flooding. Could be an interesting post tomorrow.

The shore at night.

Refuge all lit up
The Gadabouts on the Electric train


Snaefell railway


On the way up to the summit. The TT race comes this way

One of the Locals!

Island Reservoir


At the summit





See what I mean about bad hair bad day. Me with Dennis & Margaret (Nb Icing).

Tha'r be sheep on the line.






Not quite sure what John Baylis is trying to say!!!!



Carole and Mick Gold on top of Lady Isabella





Laxey Mine

 A few of the Island Wildlife




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