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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, 9 September 2015

Slight amendment to yesterdays post.

It did seem strange to have decent facility block at Aylesbury, which even had a disabled toilet, and nowhere to put rubbish. It was as we filled with water that I happened to notice a red bin in the distance. Sure enough there was two bins, one for mixed recycling and one for general rubbish.The bins are situated by the pillars at the end of the Arm. Not the most obvious place, a good few minutes walk from the water point. The arrow marks the spot.

 Didnt travel far today Up three locks and a couple of mile. We stopped at Broughton so I could go for a walk round the small lake and Ian could rub down the gunwales. Still had floating weed issues by lock gates as well as a huge tree trunk blocking the exit. Pole came in useful once again.

Removing the trunk

Had this wrapped round our bow. Reversing was necessary to float it free

Moored at Broughton and more floating reed.

 On my walk round the lake.

Hawker in flight

Another strange critter emerging from the water. Looks like a slug.

Young Moorhen

Leaf hopper Cicadella Viridis (female)

An amorous Speckled Wood


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