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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.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Cream Trip round the Bay and another sun halo

Best laid plans and all that went out of the window today. Hadn't planned on doing a boat trip because of the cost but the 'Cream Trip- Day in the Bay' (seven hours ) was too good an opportunity to miss. "Hang the expense," we said "Doubt if we will ever do NZ again" and so we parted with over $200 and set off for what turned out to be a brilliant day.

From the campervan site was just a 15-minute walk to the boat
 Sun shone on the emerald waters and hardly a breath of wind to cause a ripple. Ideal conditions for Dolphin watching and yes we saw the Dolphins. Not just Bottlenose but Common as well. Then there were the seabirds and what we first thought to be a shark fin but turned out to be a Sunfish. The islands were pretty spectacular and the 'Hole in the Rock', well that was an experience. A large vessel, small hole with a bit of a swell....get the picture? Anyway I make no apologies for the number of photos posted

Leaving the wharf

Fish feeding frenzy

Russel Island

There is a Tall ship race on tomorrow and we were lucky enough to see this one getting ready.

Black rock

Looks just like a shark fin

'Hole in the Rock' Big ship...small hole and lots of water turbulence.

Here we go.

Safely out the other side.

Had a lunch stop at Otehei Bay on Urupulapuka Island.

And a sun halo appeared

And then there were the Bottlenose Dolphins

Mum and Calf


Fairy Penquins



Not a shark fin as first thought but a Sunfish

Then came the Common Dolphins

And finally a Gannett.

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