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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 12 September 2011

Last day at Alrewas??

I'm reluctant to say that this is our last day here at Alrewas because every time we expect to move, something always happens to stop us, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. So........................
finally Ian has taken the car back, not to Sandiacre but to Milton Keynes! It seemed logical to leave the car at Colin's and Iwona's place at Shenley Church End, seeing as they only live 5 miles form the Grand Union near Cosgrove. We are still aiming to be at Stoke Bruerne for the Village at War festival at the beginning of October and that is only if enough rain has fallen to fill up the canal sufficiently to lift the restrictions at the locks! I have also had the date of my hospital appointment. Apparantly, I am to have a camera put up where the sun don't shine!!!! Eeeek! I'm sure you get that picture!, so to have the car nearby will be a bonus. Also, as we will be that bit nearer to Eastbourne, we should be able to get a quick visit to my Dads and Stepmum while we still have the car.

The promised wind has arrived with vengeance. The hirer's that are trying to wind round ( and also some private boat owners )  are having a rough time of it. Once that wind has got you its extremely difficult to maneuver. Those with crew on board can help by using the pole to get the boat round but if your a lone boater......well God help you!!

Winding Hole in Alrewas

Very windy through the bridge 'ole'
 Hopefully the wind will have died down a bit tomorrow because we should be heading off to the boat gathering at Huddelsford on the Coventry canal.  It seems an age since we have moved any great distance and I'm really looking forward to it.

Oh and by the way, If you have a cool £475,000 going you can buy this lovely cottage right by the canal.

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