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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, 13 July 2016

Bit of blood, gore and filth....lovely!

Tuesday 12th

The wind abated a bit overnight so we didn't rock around as much as I thought we would. The river taxis started at around 7am so any thought of staying in bed this morning went out of the window. Bit concerned that where we were moored was taking too much space. The water taxis needed enough room at the end of the pontoon for two to slot in and we were also aware that other boats may turn up. Asking the question to the driver, he told us to move back one more cleat which would give them amble room and this would then make space for more boats. A good job  too as no sooner had we moved FS when two boats did arrive, having come up from the river. They got in with inches to spare..

Yellow water taxi rank behind FS

We headed off to the Kirkgate indoor market especially to visit the fish market. Here you can get fish bits for a pie at a reasonable cost and we also came away with a Mackerel for lunch. Then it was a walk to Granary Wharf to catch the water taxi back to FS. How great was that...a ride to our very door and the taxi is free!

This afternoon we walked to the Thackray Medical museum. Took us 30 minutes, up hill nearly all the way but it was so worth it. Cost £7 for concessions and for those who have been to the Jorvik centre in York with the sights and smells of ancient Britain, this is very similar but a lot more gory.

Thackray Medical museum

The Victorian family home

Leg caught in a mill cog and last rites

Amputation without anaesthetic


Leeches to aid blood flow and portable medicine cabinet

Iron lung and anaesthetic machines

Some Victorian remedies.

Before we knew it, time was 5pm. We had been in there for 3 hours. No wonder my feet ached with all that standing and still had another 30 minutes of walking to get back to FS. Lovely to get back but still couldn't put my feet up because dinner had to be prepared and cooked so even more standing about. Think a large glass of red wine with dinner is in order tonight!

And views of Leeds,

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