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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, 10 February 2016

A shiny new toy.

We have a new addition to FS. A lovely shiny new chimney cowl. The decision was made to purchase it mainly because of the high winds. Seems like the last few months we've had nothing but one storm after the other and we were getting fed up with the smog that was accumulating in the cabin. We kept getting smoke blowing back through the stove air vent (which is suppose to keep the glass free from tar) and made worse when the gusts, coming from the West, was at its strongest. Seeing as the wind in the basin always seems to blow from a SW direction, we were constantly opening windows to clear the air. Even slept with the hopper windows open 'cause we didn't fancy getting asphyxiated in our sleep! Anyway the cowl arrived today so now we wait to see if it does the job. All we need now is another storm!!!!

I have seen the consultant about the Bursitis in my hip again. The steroid injection only lasted a month so I'm now back to square one with the pain. He refused to consider me for an op saying I would have to live with it. Not being one to except the first option, I am seeking a second opinion from a consultant that has operated on these Bursa's and had some success so I will see what he has to say to me in March.  What with the pins and needles also returning after that spinal injection, I'm a bit peed off to say the least. I'm on a the waiting list for the op to sort out my disc problem, which cant come soon enough. Hey ho....the joy of getting older!!!

Rattling with a belly full of pain killers, yesterdays lovely sunny weather saw me take to the towpath for a ramble. Armed with trusty camera  didn't expect to see much but was pleasantly surprised at the amount of raptors about. 

Kestrel being mobbed by a crow

He's still after the nuts!!! At least this feeder he cant destroy.


Marilyn McDonald said...

Hi Irene, I'd suggest going to see an osteopath to see what they can do for you - even of it's not a permanent solution like an operation, I am pretty sure osteopathy would provide some relief for your back and hips. It's worth a try, and even though it's not on the NHS, the expenditure would be worth it. Better than lots of pain and lots of painkillers!
Your photos, as ever, are wonderful, and I hope your new cowling works a treat. We of course are basking in a beautiful summer ...
Cheers, Marilyn and David

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Thanks Marilyn, It's worth looking into. This time next year we will be basking in the sun as well and enjoying your summer. Due to fly into NZ early January and spend 6 weeks touring both islands. Maybe we can meet???? Looking forward to this years cruising first and might even see you somewhere on the system. Xxx

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