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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.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Purple sky and bullocks

Weird sky last night. From around 8pm onwards things got quite bizarre. In fact some of the photos look purple. I tried every setting to get rid of the tint but the camera picked up the colour. So we had two rainbows, the first in a cloud and then a lovely arc right over FS

Another one of those hot air balloons

Purple sky

It was because of these lads on the boards that we noticed the rainbow.

No rude awakening from the cows last night but the geese.....well that was a different matter. They came over in waves and landed in the next field. Thankfully they all shut up before we went to bed but with first light...well needless to say a lie in was impossible.

And I suppose the geese did us a favour. On looking out of the side hatch I was as startled as this bullock to see each other! If it wasn't for the bank being eroded at that spot I'm sure he would have poked his nose in for a titbit.

With more and more turning up we pulled pins earlier then anticipated. I was running short on bait and Ian found a tackle shop in Wallingford. Biggest problem was, would we find a mooring?? By the highest bit of wall possible a space big enough for us to fit. Ian had to come in at such an angle that the nose button fender got well and truly dislodged as it hit the wall. For me to get onto the bank I had to belly flop onto the grass, roll over and heave my bulk upwards. Not a pretty sight I can tell you. And it was all for nothing as the so called tackle shop had no bait!!!!

Out of the side hatch at Wallingford

Not feeling to good today so Ian said lets stop early. Think I might be going down with a summer cold so I didn't need much persuasion. We found another lovely secluded mooring but once again the banks are a bit high. With a BBQ for tonight it's going to be interesting getting off.

from the side hatch at the mooring.

Ian repairing the button fender

And on route three Kingfishers.

As well as by the mooring.

Long Tailed Tit

And one of the many varieties of Ladybirds.

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