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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.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Will you look at that damage!

Not the best of nights. First it was the ducks pecking away at the hull at some silly time (4.50am to be precise) Then Ian shot out of bed when he heard noises coming from the bow only to discover the beasts were trying to reach for our cratch cover. It was a case of shoo them away and forget covering ones modesty! We had tried to make the boat Heifer and Bullock proof but they were that determined! No damage done to ours thank goodness, but several boats further back had ropes chewed. One lady walking past us this morning told of a rude awakening when one of the heifers fell in next to her boat. Got well and truly tangled in the stern rope. A call to the emergency services asking for help was all that they could do. Who should turn up but the fire brigade. It was sods law though, that as soon as they turned up the heifer got itself loose and out of the river. And typically I missed all the excitement!! Moored behind us was a CM. We know that 'cause it was there when we came up six weeks ago. If and when he ever returns he's in for one hell of a shock. Complete repaint me thinks! And as for his ropes...... Yesterday the rope was well and truly frayed and being eaten by the beasts. This morning it's in two halves!

The youngsters have had a right go at his hand rail

I wonder how much longer the boat will be tethered? If the beasts have anything to do with it, not long!

Didn't travel to far today, in fact only as far as Kelsmcot Manor. Only the two locks and four miles   but boy was it windy again. BBQ for tonight as we found a lovely sheltered spot and for tomorrow? A visit to the 16th century Manor . Hope this wind will have died down by then.

A brain teaser for you. Can anyone see whats wrong with one of these photos? If you know your river code you should be able to work it out.

And on route

1 comment:

Tom and Jan said...

What the @#%& is that boat doing over on the far left!

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