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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, 17 October 2013

How lucky are we?

As I mentioned yesterday I got the rod out to do a spot of fishing and while I was watching the float in the hope that it would disappear under the waves and I would have hooked a big fish, I became aware of a loud buzzing noise that sounded like a chainsaw being used. I immediately thought of the tree gang and how this could be a great opportunity to get some boaters gold. So with Ian having finished sorting the batteries out he upped and walked along the towpath to see if it really was the tree gang at work.

Sure enough it was and, after having asked what they were going to do with the branches, we had good news that we could take as much as we liked. They even cut them up into manageable 2ft lengths. So giving them another 20 minutes to finish, we then pulled pins and took the boat to where they had been stacked.  As you can see in the picture they were in the process of clearing up when we arrived.

Chatting to the chap on the wall he told us why the trees had to come down. The local youths used the trees as a ladder to climb onto the factory unit roof and after being robbed three times in one week said enough was enough and commisioned the tree gang to cut them down. Great news for us. After loading one side we traveled the short distance to the Icknield Port loop to wind and load the other side.

They cut every branch into manageable sizes for us

One side loaded. now to wind to load the other side.

By now it was starting to get dark. With the second side loaded we returned to our mooring. The boat felt a bit unstable on the way back so Ian may have to rearrange the wood to make it more stable

Moon rise. By now it was about 6.30pm
This morning one can see how loaded our roof is.

Should last us a while!!

And finally:-


KevinTOO said...

Good Grief!!! LOL
Never have I seen so much wood on a boat roof. You'll have made Vic on No Problem very envious :)

Andy Healey said...

Not such a good job Irene, from what we have seen having been based in that area for a while I am sorry to say that they only clean up the highly visible public access areas, ie:- from the University on the W & B down to Gas Street, along the new main line up to the Hockley Loop, and down Farmers Bridge and Aston flight.Every where else is full of rubbish.

Jacquie said...

To Ian and Irene, thanks for the touching words, so kind of you Irene, sadly we just missed one another on the GU. So true what you say, that us boater's always help each other out. Yes I'm determined ( or stubborn )but I like a challenge! and if something is physically tough, which is not often now, as I've developed/adapted new techniques, well-it's just another pound off the waistline isn't it !! " When things go wrong " I've only had 1 major argument - the bridge at the Blue Lias, I just got distracted !! that orange brick is a bugger - oo00pPs. Happy Birthday too, it was mine also on Tuesday. Enjoy Brum. If it's ok with you I'll get your direct from Jo ?. Happy cruising Jacquie x

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Hi Jacquie,

Happy birthday for last Tuesday. Seems like October was a good birth month with quite a few bloggers all having birthdays close together. No problem with asking Jo. Hope to see you one day for a good chinwag.

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Hello Andy,

You may well be right but surly no canal can be as bad as the Regents canal. The water there is so clear that the bottom looks like a rubbish tip and plastic bags float just below the surface to foul up the prop!

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