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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.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Dead cows and rainbows

Last night and still early evening, it went very dark. Cabin lights went on and it started raining. Then something spectacular happened.The sun came out whilst it was raining. Too good an opportunity to miss as rain plus sun makes a great combination for a rainbow to appear. And it did in all it's glory. The cows in the field freaked out and went racing toward the pill box. Don't suppose they see to many rainbows as vibrant as this one.

Fading away.
And also last night, quite late might I add, another fellow enjoying the river. Very surprised to see a punt. Thought the river at Kelsmcott was to deep for that sort of boating.

At Shifford lock a unique high rise, des res property and all for the insects and bugs.

Going under New bridge, and on the left bank, was what looked to be a film crew. Pretty certain we were being filmed 'cause the camera was pointed in our direction. It's obviously something to do with painting but I just wondered if anyone recognised the people in question.

And now for the cow. Ian noticed it first and  mentioned how strange to see a bovine lying in that position. Very obvious to me that it was dead. No other beasts were in the field and I did wonder if it had been struck by lightening, especially as thunder was heard last night. Looks like the meat van will be called for.

Having left at 8.30am we moored back at Pinkhill by 14.30. Strange how few boats were about today  which made me ask one of the lock keepers if it was always like this in August. He said he had never seen the river so quiet, in fact by 14.00 when we did Northmoor lock only 4 boats had passed through the lock that day.

Hoping for another sighting of the Pinkhill Owl even if it's late tonight as this will be our last opportunity to see her (unless we decide to stop another day). Heading south now and will leave this lovely upper Thames for good.

And on route

Well it was a long way away!

Plenty of Cormorants around.

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