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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.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Seems we are back in the Isle of White!

Sunday 13th Nov
Not a pleasant day for hitching up the caravan and heading out to Phillip Island. Dull overcast, intermittent rain showers, cold and worse of all windy! Pulling a high sided vehicle behind the car, boy we sure knew about it. It was another 250km to the Island....renamed by us as the Isle Of White because of of the place names, Cowes and Ventnor. They even have the Pinnacles instead of the Needles! Stopped at another UK named place, Welshpool, for lunch and a walk to see another historic landmark.

Another historic feature. This time the long jetty hoping to be restored

Nearing Phillip Island by mid afternoon we crossed the bridge (used to be wooden) connecting San Remo to the island town of Newhaven. Not having booked a site we went in search of an information centre. Disappointed having  found one, to be told there was no free camping on the island. Now that the batteries seem to be sorted (amazed at what flicking the correct switch will do) the cheapest was back at San Remo at 35dollars a night. An expensive place to stay is Phillip Island.

Went for an explore once we had got ourselves settled. This island is worth staying for longer then a night. Penguins to see, walks to go on, another blowhole and pelicans to feed. Three nights have been booked so really looking forward to spending the time wisely.

Oh and that night...a glorious sunset. Bodes well for the 'morrow.

Red-browed Finch

We think it is a Brown Goshawk

It's spring here in Oz and the Sparrows are nesting.

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