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.
Just typical. Christmas three days away and the washing machine decides to give up the ghost! There was me, with the bed stripped and the sheets ready for washing, pressing the machine buttons like mad and nothing happening. Ian, who was still trying to put the finishing touches to the bathroom, had to drop everything and have a go at fixing it. He had to spend all day, first on the circuit board which he ruled out as the problem and then on the door catch which he did suspect as the problem. He even took a trip to Shelly to get a new door part. But it was to no avail. Machine still refused to turn on. So we have come to the decision to purchase a new one. No delivery date available until the New Year so tomorrow we will head for Currys, choose a machine we like and attempt to get it in the car. It means moving from this mooring as the only way to get the old machine out and new one in is from the bow. Unless we can walk on water that will be impossible without pulling the boat back. If all else fails we do luckily have a laundrette about quarter mile away so not all is lost. It's just a blooming nuisance.
One of the three circuit boards
New door catch
And now to the shower reveal. It's not quite finished because of the blasted washing machine, but last night Ian and I had our first showers in two weeks.The shelves still need to have the edging put on and the molding needs to go down the side of the wood and along the top of the shower. But other then that it's all done and we both are lovely and clean and even smell a lot better.