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.
Happened to be by Sandiacre lock the other day and on the farmers gate, a big banner. Standing by a small table next to the gate, two C&RT workers, Anna and Andrew.. Me being nosey I walks up to them and asks inquisitively what it was all about. Well turns out they are on a 'recruitment drive' to make the public more aware of the merits of the canal network, imparting news that C&RT is a charity and needs funds to make the canals a better place for walkers, cyclist and boaters and to try and make them part with a little cash every month to keep the charity healthy. Having spent a good 30 minutes chatting I came away knowing a lot more of what they were trying to achieve, although I didn't always agree with what was said especially over cyclists and towpath improvements. Andrew also mentioned that government funding was to stop in the near future so the more people signing up the better. This bit of news I wasn't aware of. So, before you all ask, no I didn't sign up to become a member. I wanted to speak to Ian first but I did say that as a boat owner paying over £850 a year I felt we were already contributing to the coffers.
Anna and Andrew
An unwelcome visitor on the bird feeder yesterday. Being a plastic container there is a sizable hole in the side! Need something squirrel proof to replace it.