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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, 5 August 2015

This was getting monotonous

Don't they know what time it is??? Several waves of geese flying overhead early this morning.

 First the brain teaser. Tom and Jan Nb Waiouru  spotted the mistake. The green buoys on the downstream should always be kept on your left. So for upstream passage it's green right - red left and facing downstream it's green left - red right. Having chatted at the lock to the gentleman on that boat we found out he was a new comer to the boating lark. How he made it as far as Lechlade without getting stuck is a miracle. Anyway he was put right by the oncoming boat and I can only assume he was a very shallow drafted vessel (being a Sea Otter) as the amount of mud stirred up was phenomenal..

Twice on this mooring we have had a list . Yesterday an EA barge, (one with a square type bow not a wedge shape) came past at considerable speed. The river here at this point is very deep, I should know 'cause using the float rod when fishing was out of the question resorting to a feeder instead. When we suddenly ended up at an angle we thought we had better do something about it. Could we push the back end off???? I resorted to gripping the hand rail and hanging over the river rocking to and fro while Ian pushed as hard as he could with the pole. Still couldnt move the stern so my suggestion of trying to reverse off was first poo pooed but then on second thoughts, Ian thought it might be worth a try. Glad one of my suggestions worked for a change because slowly FS was released from her grip. Lines were slackened and we went on to enjoy the BBQ. No further boat traffic came past, last night or this morning, but once more we woke up to a list!. No faffing about this time, into reverse and off she came.

Kelmscott Manor was well worth the visit. If you fancy a read about William Morris the artist, designer and writer click here . Spending a good 4 hours wandering round the house, gardens and then indulging in a pint at the Plough at the village, we returned once again to find FS at a tilt. This was getting beyond a joke! Not too bad this time as Ian managed to push her off using just the pole. The question we ask ourselves...... Will we be rolling out of bed again in the morning????

Images of Kelmscott Manor

And seen today

Opposite the mooring

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