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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, 16 September 2015

Not the best place to moor.

Late summer/ early Autumn, this is the time of plenty as far as fruits on the hedgerows and trees are concerned. Berries and apples in abundance especially the Crab apples. Trees are laden with this fruit and we found that out to our cost. Maybe we should have moved when we had the opportunity especially as the sound of thumping on the cabin top not long after we had moored made as aware that the apples were falling.
Crab Apples

Not the best place to moor.
 We left it a bit too late to pull forward and away from the tree as a boat pulled in just as we thought we had better go and do it. So last night we did get a few bouncing off the cabin top but luckily not as many as anticipated. Only got woken a few times but disturbed sleep meant we were late up this morning. I was just having a bit of toast around 9.15 when along comes this boat. It just happened to be Harnser with Brian at the helm. No time for anything other then a wave and a smile and Harnser would be well past before I had time to get outside. No sign of Diane though, but maybe next time are paths cross we will be able to meet and greet properly.

Harnser had already disappeared down the lock by the time I took this photo but looks like the leaves are starting to change colour. Autumn has arrived me thinks..
 So many things put off today because we thought a storm was arriving. After all not only has the BBC been telling it to us but the barometer has dropped to stormy conditions. The Starboard side still needed a polish and Ian was set to put another coat of paint of varnish on the exterior of the cratch board. Instead we have twiddled thumbs sitting inside all morning and well into the afternoon. In fact the rain arrived late and we could have done those jobs after all. I suppose catching up on recorded TV programs isn't such a bad thing but I did feel guilty on not doing anything. 

A couple of Autumnal bird photos taken a few days ago.


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