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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.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Not the best of starts to the Ozzie adventure

So FS has been winterised, beds stripped, fridge and cooker cleaned, gas turned off, electrics unplugged (now reliant on solar power alone to keep a trickle charge on the batteries) water tanks emptied, diesel tank topped up, and car taken back to the garage. But disaster strikes whilst there... garage door catches the strip light and tube lies smashed on floor. No time to clear it away as a friend is waiting to take us back to FS so nice job to come back to in 6 months! But...... that wasn't the end to our troubles.
National express coach was due to leave Nottingham at 6pm so calculation made that we could catch the 4.45pm bus from Langley Mill giving us plenty of time to catch the coach. Of course we forgot about Friday traffic and by 5pm we were still waiting for the Nottingham Bus. Panic was setting in so a phone call to our local taxi and within 15 minutes we were on our way. A big tip was forthcoming because, having explained our predicament, the driver went hell for leather (when the road conditions allowed for it) and got us the Broadmarsh bus station with 10 minutes to spare.
On route to Milton Keynes and we get a phone call. It's our daughter-in-law Iwona. "Sorry wont be able to collect you when you arrive as I've had an accident. Side swipped another car damaging the lights, bumper and wheel. Not a complete right off but cant be driven.  Aghhhhh... what else can go wrong................!!!!! Flight delayed/cancelled perhaps???? Wont know that until we arrive at Heathrow on Monday.
Anyway got another taxi from MK coach station and eventually arrived late Friday evening.
Staying put for the weekend. Christine, Kev and grandkiddies also coming today to say farewell so will be quite a family gathering. I might not be the only one nursing a hangover tomorrow. 

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