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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, 26 July 2015

On the rise one minute, down the next.....now stuck!

(29th and my laptop is now up and running. Will keep this post for posterity but have replaced the P's.)

Blast. Got my Eee pc netbook working but now have lost the ability to select a

So sorry about that and will replace the letter as soon as I have my PC back. Instead will hyphenate the missing letter. (Isn't spell checker a wonderful thing!)

Having had the river levels rise by about 7cms, getting into the side here at Glifton Hampden wasn't too bad yesterday, even though the stern stuck out by a mile. We had pulled forward but a wasps nest  somewhat decided against us staying at that location. Moving back by 5 ft meant the bottom was nearer to the top but, as we were floating then, that wasn't an issue. Overnight the levels dropped! Getting up this morning and doing the drunken walk as we listed towards Starboard, Ian hastily got dressed and tried in vain to push us off. Then he noticed another boater further along trying to do the self same thing. The guy from Nb Rufford also had the same list. So Ian went to help him and in return he came to help us. After considerable effort from both men, as well as friendly advice by a gongoozler, both boats were refloated. To stop us from drifting back and getting stuck again, the mud weight has been lowered. Rain has once again set in, said to continue all day, so we expect the levels to rise again. Rope adjustment will be needed, no doubt, but the priority is to keep floating.

Getting Nb Rufford floating

Can see the bottom now.

Well have you tried getting in the water......Hmmm such advice not needed!

 Have decided to go for Sunday lunch at the Barley Mow. Seems a reasonable menu and the bonus for Ian as a CAMRA member, 10% off each -int.

This seen last night, death wish comes to mind.

And seen early evening.

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