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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, 26 June 2016

Another attempt, this time successful.

Saturday 25th

Another pack lunch made, cameras packed and waterproofs stuffed in the rucksack. 53 bus arrived and with it being Saturday, no issues as to what time to get on. Got of at the correct stop and back onto Crosby beach. No need really to take the waterproofs as the sun shone all day but that wind chill...we put them back on pretty sharpish! Finding a sheltered spot in one of the dunes we enjoyed a bit of respite.

We stayed best part of the day. The figures stretched along the beach for roughly 3 kilometres and we walked all of that and more.

No.... Ian is NOT looking at Iron Mans appendage! He is trying to read the number of the Iron man  on it's wrist. In fact we found number 100. (100 men planted) That's it bottom right. But number one was too far into the water to reach.
  Finding a cafe was, therefore, a welcomed sight and we treated ourselves to coffee and cheese burger. But we were not alone! At least 50 or more Starlings vied for the best position in front of us in case a tasty morsel came their way.

 They were being fed by a couple on the next table  and the birds were that tame, they took the offered chips without fear.

  I decided to see if they were brave enough to come to my hand so held a piece of the bun between my fingers. Ian had my camera and took these shots.

 The tide was by now coming in so we sat and watched as the Iron men slowly disappeared beneath the waves. With an hour to go before high tide and the building clouds looking very much like depositing a load of water on us, we caught the bus back to FS. One of the C&RT guys were pumping out a wide beam when we arrived so thought we would let him know we would be leaving tomorrow. Arranging the 1pm slot to go through the swing bridges, this will give us enough time for a last minute shop and service stop. (water and loo). Not sure of our stopping place but somewhere rural would be nice.

And seen on our walk,

Plenty of these stranded jellyfish lying about

Meadow Pipit amongst the dunes

Only the Oyster Catcher around today.

And these prickly plants amongst the flowers.

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