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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.

Thursday, 21 April 2011


Its the sort of day today that started very foggy and then turned gloriously hot and sunny. Ian prepared the gunwale's ready for painting and I was in my normal spot on the front of the boat fishing. I happened to look between the boat and the bank and there basking in the sun was a newt. This is the first newt I have seen in the canal. We have loads in our pond in the garden at Sandiacre but I would have thought the fish would have eaten any that strayed in the canal. I believe its a common newt and not one of the endangered crested type. I'm sure if I'm wrong someone will let me know. The new British waterway wildlife survey has started www.waterscape.com/wildlifesurvey   and it asks to put down what is living in and around the waterways of the UK. I took part last year and was kept up to date with their findings. This will now  be my first entry. 

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