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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.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Someone wasnt happy with us.

Today we reached the town of Leigh, the end of the line of the Bridgewater and the start of the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Took us an hour from Astley Green to do the 3 miles. So that means our speed averaged about 3 miles an hour. Apart from one short line of boats where we past them at around 2mph, I felt that our speed was acceptable on this canal. On one of the canal bridges a sign stating a 4mph speed limit, normal for most canals although rarely met because of the shallow nature which creates a wash if travelling to fast. Now you may wonder why I have mentioned all this. Well, we got shouted at by an elderly chap walking his dog saying that we were speeding!!! Both of us looked at each other in amazement. Then in the next breath he shouted "And the sun is out as well". Hmmm.....we thanked him for his observation and wished him a nice day.

Stopping in Leigh we spied Aldi right by the canal. Armed with my trolley and rucksack we did a seizable shop and stocked up the drinks cupboard. Oh and we did buy some grocery items as well. Then a walk to Sports Direct for a new pair of trainers for me.

Handshake from the Bridgewater side to the Leeds and Liverpool side.

  After lunch we set off again. I wanted to moor at Pennington Flashes, a wildlife haven. So another mile travelled before we found a massive length of boat free moorings. No rings but not needed as the pins were very easy to knock in. While I was out walking a boat came past and Ian, being in the engine bay, heard them say "Not a place I would want to moor." Not sure what they meant by that as a more idyllic place we have yet to find. Hopefully I wont be blogging tomorrow about boat damage, ropes let loose, youths etc. etc.

Hows that for a view from your window.

And the wildlife,

A crash landing on FS. This female Common Blue Damselfly was a bit stunned but recovered quite quickly.

Leech in a shallow pond.



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