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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.

Saturday 31 October 2009


Spot the kingfisher. I think every one must gather by now that this is my favourite bird!!
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Autumn Mist

The sun was coming up and I thought this to be pretty spectacular.
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Looking through the bridge

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Fallen branch

On our way to the Autherley junction we spied something across the bridge hole. On closer inspection it turned out to be a blooming great branch. Ian did his bit by removing it from the canal.

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Fallen branch


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Friday 30 October 2009

Tyrley Locks

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Is this Health and Safety going to far?
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Working on the embankment.

After the breach on Shebdon Embankment BW has started work here by bridge 55 hopefully to avert disaster and stop the Sroppie from closing again!!
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Not quite the traditonal look.

Somebody has spent a lot of time and effort on this boat.
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Probably the most photographed bridge

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Unique bridges on the Shroppie

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Autumn on the Shroppie

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Tuesday 27 October 2009

Perch and Roach

Finally I managed to catch some decent fish This roach weighed in at nearly 2lb and put up quite a fight.

Whereas this roach was 2lb 9oz and came in like a wet lettuce. Shame I couldn't have a good picture of me holding them but Ian was away at the time so I grabbed the camera and made the best of it.
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Bunbury staircase

When we reached Bunbury locks two boats had already entered the top lock. We had already seen another pair of boats pass on these staircase locks, and so we entered the bottom lock and when both locks were level one boat came in next to me and the other boat pushed across allowing me to pass and enter the next lock.

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Getting ready to fish

Me setting up my rod ready for an afternoon session at Tilston Lock.Posted by Picasa

Face in a tree

Someone having a joke!Posted by Picasa

Green Goddess

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Hitchcocks, The Birds??

On our way back we came agross this lot. They seemed to be eyeing us up. I wondered if our roof and us we be covered in their sh******t.Posted by Picasa

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