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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.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Gremlins in a photo???? and final day of Merlin move.


Well, well, well, who would have thought today would turn out decent for a change. Its been a week of high winds, torrential rain and fighting to keep Merlin going in a straight line without crabbing. To have one day of calm conditions even though it's our final day, was a pleasure. The wind finally blew itself out late last night and apart from some rain around 3am it has been dry all day.

Setting off a little later then usual, I insisted that I did some of the locks today. Ian was somewhat hurting after all those locks yesterday so it was the drugs for me and amazed what a couple of decent pain killers will achieve. I even plucked up the courage to jump across the bottom gates. Always did that when I was more able bodied but recently I lost my nerve somewhat. Anyway I did the last 4 at Audlem and Ian insisted he did the final 2 at Hack Green.

About to leave Audlem

Ian at the helm for a change

Now which way do I wind it??? Been a while you see>

Dont ask!!!!

This picture had us baffled. Can you see why???

Hack Green locks
More boat movement today now that Christmas is over and it was lovely to pass the time of day with other boaters. One we unfortunately didn't get to say hello to was Tom and Jan Waiouru  Moored by the Old Barbridge Inn there didnt appear to be anyone on board. Gone to the pub maybe???



We really enjoyed this, our last day of the Merlin move and all there was left to do after mooring up for the night was the big clean up and to pack our belongings. Moored just past Calverley ready to sail into Anglo Welsh yard first thing tomorrow. No more boat moves on the cards right now unless, that is, we get a call from Carl sometime in the New Year. Trouble is many of the stoppages don't come off until March so we wait and see. 


12 miles and 6 locks

Photos taken on the journey,

Nantwich Aqueduct

And one of the wooden sculptors along the embankment

Hurleston locks on the Llangollen

Barbridge Junction



Wildlife on route,




4 comments:

Tom and Jan said...

You weren't the only Anglo-Welsh boat that passed whilst we were eating in the Barbridge Inn. Hopefully we can arrange a meeting at a future date!

Tom & Jan

Andrew Tidy said...

2 Irene's - but only your bobble and boots!

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Bazaar isn't it Andy!!! For some reason when Ian pressed the shutter two photos were taken in quick succession.

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Look forward to it Tom and Jan. Xx

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