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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.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sign writing yesterday....Bell ringing today!!!

It didnt 'alf rain last night, and now the river is up slightly, not a worry at the moment but certainly could be if we get more rain. It's Tuesday when we set off down the Severn you see, but if that red light is on by the lock......well then.......... maybe not.

Still have some photos to show of yesterday when we walked into town. It was classic car day and Ian was in his element.






















Even though it was very moist outside this morning, the temperature had sure come up from yesterday. No coat needed today other then a rain coat.  A walk to the Norman Church of St Augustine was a must for us. During these festivals the tower is open to the public and can be climbed (if one can manage the 84 steep, very narrow and circular route up). Having shoehorned my bulk up to the top (Ian had yards to spare either side of the stairwell) what greeted us were some spectacular views over Droitwich




 A halfway stop during the descent (very welcome 'cause it's the knees on the way down and the calf muscles on the way up!!!) and into a small bell ringing room. It was here I cheekily asked if I could have a photo taken of me holding the rope. 'Can do better then that' said the chap in charge. 'You can ring the bell if you like' Couldnt get my hand on his rope quick enough!!!



Camera pointing to the bells showed which bell I was ringing. It's the top L corner bell.

One more church to visit The church of the Sacred Heart & St Cathrine of Alexandria, another must because of the beauty of the mosaic interior. This was a fair walk to the other side of town, and in the pouring rain I might add, but sooooo worth the visit.




During our walk back Carol & Alan gave us a ring to see if we were still at Droitwich. Best place to meet......the beer tent. And here is a photo for all you Ukulele fans out there.



 A pleasant 30minutes supping beer and listening to an excellent group. Another walk round the site so Carol and Alan could have a look and then back to FS for tea and coffee before they said their farewells. Tomorrow is the last day of the festival and also the dog show. One that I'm very interested to watch as I run the ECP&DA dog shows at their festivals. Always open to suggestions and tips.

1 comment:

nb Chuffed said...

Glad you enjoyed your ring. When you are stopped for next winter call in at your local tower and ask to learn - they'll probably welcome you with open arms! then eventually you'll be able to join in Sunday ringing or practice night when you are out and about. It's great fun (I can tell you Braunston is very welcoming). It does take quite a long time though to get proficient - I'm not quite there yet ....
best wishes
Debby

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