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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, 26 November 2016

Can he fix it? Yes he can!

Saturday 26th
All I can say is so glad I have a man that can. A trip to the DIY store to purchase duck tape, silicone and screwdriver, 2 hours later a finer bodge job I have yet to see. He is pretty certain that his repair is water tight but only a trip along a rain soaked road will find that out.

Plenty of duck tape over the broken bits which we salvaged from the road side.

Rubber matting supplied by the caravan sales place.

Inside the cupboard. Wheel arch rebuilt using the existing foam moulding.
Worry over for now, we had time to head for the shops. Not our favourite pastime but a necessary evil nevertheless as I stupidly left my cardigan, joggers, and PJ's hanging on the back of a shower door several days ago. No chance of retrieving them as the caravan site was several 100 km back along the Ocean Road. But good news, there is a shop called Kmart, bit like our Asda but with out the grocery section, and I was able to purchase a nightie and joggers for around $14. A cardigan was purchased for the princely sum of $1 from an Opportunity shop. (Charity shop). Then we came cross a Dan Murphy's, a really really cheap beer and wine shop. I bought a 5 Litre....yes 5 Litre box of Coolabah red wine for $12.99 about £8.50p!!!!!! Now that is my kind of shop! Another 48 bottles of Tooleys dark ale beer for Ian and we are set for the next couple of weeks. Finally we had a chance of a bit of sightseeing. Hopkins Falls had been recommanded but finding them was another matter. Somehow we missed the sign and ended up doing nearly 25km in the wrong direction. After realising our mistake and very nearly giving up, by chance I saw a very small sign on the opposite side of the road directing tourists up a side road. An about turn and 11km later we found the falls.

So a shorter post then normal and the only wildlife sightings were of a Whistling Kite and I had the camera on the wrong settings. They all came out blurred!. We are staying another day in Warrnambool to go to Tower Hill wildlife reserve and Port Fairy. More on that tomorrow.

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