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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.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Boats, boats and more boats

 Its June.... and in a week it will be the official start of summer. Me thinks the seasons have gone haywire as the weather just lately has felt more like Autumn. The footbridge should have been finished by now, painted both sides, and it's not for the want of trying but as soon as the brushes came out and paint pots opened, the heavens opened and work had to be abandoned yet again. It's been like that on and off all day and if that's not bad enough the temperature hasn't risen much above 14 deg. Malc and Ian are now hoping to finish the bridge first thing tomorrow morning before the opening of the site. I feel so sorry for the organisers of this rally. 2 years ago at the first boat gathering here in Pelsall, Sunday was a complete wash out and stall holders all packed away early. This weekend doesn't seem to appear any better. So today has really been a bit of a waste of time for Ian. I have kept busy sorting out photos and watching the harbour master on his motorised scooter race up and down all day long come rain or shine getting boats all moored up. In between showers bunting has appeared on some boats, ours included, and a lovely sight it is too. Lets hope tomorrow will at least stay dry for most of the time.

More tents arrive and the red tape in the middle is for the dog display tomorrow afternoon

Boaters queuing for the boaters packs

Our bunting goes up

Followed by Icing.

From L to R Manju- Malc & Marleen, Icing- Dennis and Margaret, Aroma-John & Jackie. Then at the back R to L Electra-Mick and Carole, Bracken-Heather & Dave and then us.

Historic and working boats will be down the Hatherton Arm

Here are todays wildlife photo's;-

One of the parents arrive

Begging for food.

Gorse flowers

The white insect is no bigger then whitefly. No idea again what the green insect is

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