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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, 21 December 2016

Chinese garden and disabled ships.

 It's been a world wind few days trying to get as much in before Christmas. Now that the school holidays have begun you can imagine the extra bodies one has to fight through to get anywhere. So heading back into Sydney we opted for the tranquility of the Chinese Garden. Spending a good two hours just contemplating the meaning of life, feeding the Koa Carp and watching the Ibis. Did you know that Carp here in Oz are a pest? To catch one it has to be disposed of or get a hefty fine. Those fish at the garden were confined and unable to get into any rivers but just think how much they would be worth in the UK. Here you can't give them away!

 It was then a route march back to the Maritime museum to finish off seeing what we were unable to see a few days ago. One of the main attractions was the British tall ship Tenacious which is a vessel geared up for allowing the disabled to crew.

It's a Titanic moment.

Then from Darling Harbour, we caught the ferry to Circular quays. Much nicer day then when we set off the tall ship lunch cruise.

Bit of a hairy moment when one of the Sydney to Hobart racing yachts motored straight in front of the ferry

Catching the train back to Thornleigh and getting back into the car at the station the temperature gauge registered a hot 41°. That evening we had a storm, very brief but it cleared the air which gave us some relief. At least we could sleep that night.

View from Andy and Sally's balcony.

And the wildlife.....and spiders so beware all you arachnophobic's.

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