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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.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Digging the towpath? Foot in hole hazard

Good news. This morning we had a phone call from Cox's and our travel pack and the alternator are ready for collection. Not 100% sure if it's been repaired or changed for a reconditioned alternator but we will find out when we get there tomorrow.

Today then, we left and made for a winding hole. Had a narrow escape when we met another boat at a bridge 6. His speed was ridiculous. What is the point of rushing a bridge when you can't see whats coming? Good job we had slowed otherwise bow would have met bow!

That's him reversing.
 Love this canal, The 6 miles travelled had some of the picturesque countryside we have seen for quite a while. Our plan was to get to Sutton Cheney and get rid of rubbish but the winding hole by Basin Bridge 22 saved us a further 3 miles of travel deciding to use the facilities at Atherstone tomorrow instead.

Winding at bridge 22
Mind you at this bridge 'ole (20) we didn't dally. Look at that crack and the other side was just as bad. Looked like the two wings of the arch were breaking away.

And the other side looked no better.
 For the first time since leaving Langley Mill, the prop started juddering and we suspected we had picked something up. Very nearly stalled the engine and of course nowhere to stop. We limped to a mooring near to bridge 19.  Sure enough, this lot was pulled off. This though was nothing to what another boater had gathered, looked like plastic sheeting used to secure goods on a pallet.

And still more came to light.
 We decided to stop on this mooring. No one around so out came the genny and then....again and you wouldn't credit it, but another boat pulled in behind us. We worry about the noise and disturbing other people and we will be so very glad when we can put this generator to bed once and for all.

 This looked interesting. Never seen this sign before anywhere on the system!

 A hole in the towpath nearly crippled me when my foot disappeared and my ankle twisted. It didn't happen today but back in June and when I saw this dog digging frantically making a hole bigger and bigger and the owner watching and ignoring the fact, I had to say something. Am I being a kill joy?

Just the right size for one's foot!

And wildlife today.

Female Damoiselle

No sibling rivalry here.

This tiny caterpillar (about 1/4" long) was found crawling on our sofa bed.


Caroline and Martin said...

We Just missed you at bridge 22, we were turning as you started your approach to the bridge, it wasn't till we were back down the canal and I looked back to see the side view of your boat, gutted I'd have said hello if I'd realised sooner.

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Oh, what a shame, We will be coming back onto the Ashby in a few days so maybe we will see you then.

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