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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, 26 September 2014

Big and blue behind the trees

As much as we love the mooring at Newlands, if we can get to moor on the park side that's where we would head for every time. It's only a 48 hours mooring but with us leaving for Linford on Sunday, it was to good an opportunity to miss.  It was on my walk this morning that I clocked that the whole stretch was devoid of boats. So making haste back to FS we quickly took down the aerial and lowered the solar panels and traveled the short distance to moor right at the beginning of the residential mooring. Fishing here brilliant and Jade loves the fact she has a wide expanse of green to gallop on. Some reason, and could be because we have upped her pain killing tablets, she is acting all puppish again.

Not long after our arrival another 2 boats turned up with a third and final boat later this afternoon. It was while dinner was being prepared late afternoon that Ian suddenly noticed something peeking out behind the trees. There, rising up in front of us, was a hot air balloon.Caused quite a stir I can tell you with people coming out of the woodwork in all directions to have a look. One couple told us this was a regular occurrence especially at weekends. It's a first for us here though. I had hoped to see it rising above the trees but the wind took it in the opposite direction and we soon lost sight of it. Still it was a good talking point and a good way to meet everyone from the other boats. Soon dinner was forgotten as we chatted away so it's good job that chicken and mushroom Carbonara was on the menu and is a quick and easy meal to cook  'cause I want to be settled with a glass of wine by 9pm ready for the start of Strictly.

Flames from 'the burn'
On the lake this morning a Dabchick turned up to take the fish. Then the Heron arrived and finally the Cormorant! Wont be many fish left at this rate.

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