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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.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Batten down the hatches, it's a typical summers day.

A definite day for stopping indoors and getting those bits and bobs done that's been put off for a rainy day. Ian has been the most productive, removing the bathroom window frame and re varnishing the rim. The window surrounds have also been rubbed back to bare wood and varnished, getting rid of all the black staining in the corners.

Having been inactive since getting up (sorting photos again) and with a brief lull in the torrential rain, I took myself off for a short walk. These signs were on a bridge further back along the towpath. Wouldn't it be great if those speeding cyclists could read!!! I know I'm being cynical but only a small minority actually do slow down!

Only just made it back to FS before the heavens opened. We had thought of moving on so I could get some bait at Abbots Langley. Maggots needed and they stock all sort of live bait. Well they did the last time we visited back in 2013 so fingers crossed they still do. With the inclement weather set for the rest of the afternoon, we decided to stay. I managed an hour of fishing, staying dry under the cratch cover but, with what bait I had left, sat for ages and then when the float did disappear, only small fry caught.

Took this photo yesterday and think it's a Sedge Warbler. Bit difficult to identify and my bird book is a waste of space as far as this bird is concerned. Ian being totally practical said. It's a bird!! Thanks for that luv. Helpful as always 

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