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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.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

An amble round Upton

11am and the bells of Upton upon Severn rang as part of 70th anniversary commemorations of VE Day, the end of World War Two in Europe. We happened to be by the Pepperpot, the old church of St Peter & Paul, where a minutes silence was held and the laying of a wreath for a Lieutenant Charles Selwyn Cowley, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire regiment.

A moving experience as I imagined the sheer joy of the British folk 70 years ago of the end of WW2 and then their pain in remembering the loved ones who never returned.

Opposite the Pepperpot was the Tudor House museum full of historical artifacts but not just of the Tudor period. For the grand sum of £2 PP (Concessionary) well worth a visit.

Fancy having to keep that lot clean!

Anyone fancy making these?

There was loads of places to explore and a very enjoyable afternoon doing it. The flood defences were present but not at all intrusive. I mean it's no wonder the folk of Upton need these gates judging by the height of the floods in 2007.

Watch out all you scolding women. It's the dirty pool for you!

Ye Old Anchor Inn built circa 1601
 Saw Steve today and asked after Ella the cat. 'Don't know where she is' says he 'But doesn't seem any worse for her dice with death yesterday'. At that moment a black streak came hurtling down the pontoon ramp and straight into his boat. Appears he may well be right!

Didnt get out bug hunting after all. Weather was dry but to windy for me to take a decent photo with the macro lens. I did get one bug which convienantly landed on the outside of the window. Take a close look at one of it's legs. Just by it is the tiniest mite. I couldnt see it with the naked eye and was very surprised at what I saw. The way this bug is looking at it it may have become lunch!

This flying bug was about 1/4" long (6mm)

And feeding the chicks insects, this Starlings nest is in the eaves of the museum.

1 comment:

alan baker said...

When we were their with Alan Woodhouse there was a a flood mark painted by a boater nearly at the top of the mooring pillars, probably rusted away now in 08 or 09 I think.
Alan Baker nb Ebony

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