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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, 26 June 2013

200 yds through the bridge ole.

Thats what we estimated our total travel was for today. The time had finally come for us to repaint the roof. We have been wanting to do it for ages but the weather had always scuppered our efforts . As the forecast seemed okay for the foreseeable future, we thought we would stay where we were and make a start. Saying that, on my walk with Jade I noticed the towpath was considerably wider through the bridge ole. With us wanting to spread out it seemed logical that before we did any more we up stakes and moved. It did mean we are nearer to the train line but the wind seemed to be blowing any rail noise away from us. First job after mooring, remove all the roof furniture. Easier said then done. The front box came off first. This was full of wood and even removing the wood in bags, we struggled. With that in mind Ian said it would be best to do the roof in two halves. So while I washed the roof and highlight the rust spots, he prepared the sander ready to start.

Last nights mooring and then

having moved 200 yds.

Roof furniture removed

The things we do for our dog.

And the hard work starts.

Looks like the boat has caught measles!
With tomorrow still looking favourable weather wise, hopefully all the preperation will be complete and the painting can start.

A very poor photo of a water vole. Ian spotted him first and grabbing my camera took these photos. Unfortunately it was on the wrong setting.

At least it proves they are doing well on the Ashby canal.
And finally:-

Violet flower with greenfly



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