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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, 16 August 2017

How many spanners to tighten one nut?

It was almost a reversal of yesterdays cruise...well not quite as we never made it back onto the Ashby but the plan was to wind after descending lock 6 at the entrance of Baddesley basin, head back up the flight and stop on a very rural mooring seen on the way down the Coventry by bridge 34. Only had the 6 locks to do but my goodness it took forever! 1h 45m to be precise even though we had help from those lovely volunteer lockies. It was the sheer number of boats on the flight that took the time. 

Leaving Baddesley moorings to descend lock 6
Baddesley Basin. Upset a fisherman here when I winded. Disturbing his swim he packed up and left. Oops!

Sorry Mr Fisherman.

A well-earned break.
Nearly at the top and one of the volunteers arrived with a handful of spanners. "What are you doing with those" asked Ian. His reply? "A nut and bolt need tightening and I have no idea which spanner to use so grabbed them all!"

 Does anyone know of a chap named Gary? A regular on this flight having walked up and down the locks for years. He has learning difficulties but is never short of a friendly word of advice and a helping hand. I remembered him 4 years ago helping us then and it is so nice to see the volunteers giving encouragement.

That's Gary in the striped T shirt.
Had another BBQ this evening, big fan of BBQ's as Ian does the cooking. The only downside (and even though I prepared the salad and saute the mushrooms), I have to wash up!

And seen on route,

A long length of new piling after bridge 40.

This Moorhen chick didn't want to leave the nest.

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