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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.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

What on earth is this all about!!!!

At last we could leave Market Harborough. Although the wound was still weeping slightly the horrible gungy stuff had almost stopped. So rightly or wrongly we didn't go back to the medical centre. We would have had to see yet another nurse and she wouldn't have known the history any more then the other two so more explanations would have been needed. I checked the dressing this morning and deemed it okay to leave. If it all goes pear shaped then only me to take the blame.

By 9am we were under way and by 10.30am back at Foxton. Mooring on the 7 day stretch, I walked to the locks to see if the 24 hour moorings were free. Not a chance as this weekend is also the Foxton boat festival. The locks were busy with trades and private boats already making their way up the flight. The festival takes place at the top of the locks so the next few days are going to be very busy. With the moorings available from Wednesday we wont be going up the flight until Thursday. Hopefully the amount of boats will have thinned out.

This is a good idea. Nice to know the names of the lockies.

 And to add to the chaos, the swing bridge at the start of the Harborough arm was out of action! C&RT were trying to get it fixed before the day was through. Being the cheeky self that I am I asked the question, "What happened?".Wasn't expecting the reply he gave me. A hire boat ran straight into it and bent the bar. The guys were in the process of trying to screw the rod back in place and before anyone complains that no life jacket was being worn, the rod had to be welded and wearing a life jacket with sparks flying in all directions would (as one of the C&RT guys said) be more like a colander at the end rather then a buoyancy aid.

And getting to my post heading,

Who else thinks this is a total waste of money!!!!

On my walk today,



Marilyn McDonald said...

Hi Irene and Ian,
Glad to know the wound is healing nicely - a saline wash will help if it still looks like it needs TLC...
I quite like the ducks at play signs - a little bit of humour and a reminder to watch out for them. If they were one-offs, they would cost a fair amount to produce, but as they are produced in quite large numbers, the cost per item is reduced. And I bet the cost of installation is low as it is probably done at the same time as other jobs.
Have you been to the new shop in Foxton yet on North Lane?

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Hi Marylin,
I hear what you are saying but I really don't like these posters. I still think they are a waste of money and even if they cost 50p each (just a guestimation) to do a thousand of them would still cost £500. That amount could be better spent elsewhere.
Thanks for the info on the shop. Didn't know one existed around these part. Good excuse to buy a loaf instead of baking one. (: Xxx

Jennie said...

Hi Irene, Glad to hear that Ian's wound is improving and that you are back on the move. The colander life jacket made me smile! Take care Jennie xx

Adam said...

Those signs will been have posted on thousands of Facebook at twitter accounts (and blogs) giving CRT enormous amounts of publicity that would cost a fortune to buy. They're not aimed at us boaters, they're aimed at people who've never heard of CRT, and if just a couple of them sign up as friends, they'll be well ahead financially.

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