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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, 20 November 2014

Not just the squirrels a plenty. The rats are around as well

Well what do you know!!!! The word must have got out to the management that we were unhappy with the way we have been treated at evening meals and so last night the waiters took all our orders first and we were even first to get our meals. No sooner had we finished starters, plates were whisked away and main course place in front of us. Desert soon followed and tea and coffee arrived hot. Amazing what complaining will do. I'd like to know who did the complaining 'cause they did us a favour. All I know is that a good result became of it.

Today was a free day (Paul coach driver had his day off) and Ian and I decided to walk the mile into Bournemouth to see what the German market was like. On the way we came across this small memorial to Flt Lt Jon Egging one of the Red Arrows pilots who died at the Bournemouth Air show in 2011.

Reaching Bournemouth Pier we thought we may as well have a walk to the end. Got a glimpse of our hotel in the distance.

The pier

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Beech huts along the prom

Looks like Ian made a friend
Having seen all there was to see on the pier,a short cut through the park and we reached our destination. The market was what we had set out for and I was so looking forward to sampling the German food delights. But not a food stall to be seen. Loads of souvenirs but nothing that I would have said was German, so really disappointing.

At least we could get a drink.

Nothing much to see or do so after a walk round the town center, lunch at Subways it was off to Sea life to pass the time.

The otters were lovely. Worth the £8.50 entrance fee just to see them.

This one kept us amused by playing with a stone.

Feeding time for the turtles

Heading back to the hotel we again walked through the park. Here Ian became the best friend of the local squirrel population.

We also spied the rats after a free meal of the peanuts the public were feeding to the squirrels.

It's now coming up to 6pm and a bucks fizz pre dinner drink is happening in the bar so I suppose I should sign off and show my face. This will be my last post again until our new data allowance starts on the 28th (still don't know how we managed to use 14GB of data in 14 days. )

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