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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.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

It didn't rain today but it might just as well have because the humidity rose to 91%.  We both felt very moist for most of the day or, as the saying goes, Ian perspired but l glowed!  We went to the Wetland centre north of Kowloon. Took three changes of train to get there with an exorbitant fare of $93. Sounds a huge amount until you break it down to English pounds. Then £9.30 for both of us doesn't seem half as bad. In fact the third train was the circular light railway with a total cost of 40p!

Everywhere is so clean.

Light railway.
The 61-hectare grounds of the park has, not just lakes and rivers, but a mangrove swamp complete with crabs and mud skippers. A boardwalk allows you to get close and personal and we spent ages watching the antics of them all.There is also a very large glass enclosed enclosure complete with an Aligator. So much to see we were amazed to have spent 5 hours wandering the grounds.

Wetland Park

Possible large wasps?

I think this is a Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Chinese Pond Heron

Nest building fish.

The final day tomorrow. We leave for home on the early hours of Sunday morning. Hotel check-out  is 2 pm. Our luggage can be left with the hotel giving us freedom to go and do the final bit of sightseeing. Then at 8 pm we have to be ready for the bus to take us to the airport. It's going to be a long long day and an even longer 13-hour flight. Can't wait to get back to the UK and see the children and grandkids. 6 months is a long time to be away from the family and both of us, although loved our adventures in Australia and New Zealand, are ready to slow down again.


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