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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, 12 September 2014

Seems we had a wasted journey

 Today's mission, go get water!! We were even up early so we could get back to Campbell Park and moor on the park side. Two spaces had become available when boaters left at 7am and so the plan was a quick jaunt to Gifford park to water up, (about 30 minute cruise) wind and be back to claim one of the spaces before the weekend revelers arrived later in the morning. So while Ian got us going, I stripped the bed, put the washer on and had a shower using what little water we had. Now what does one say about best laid plans and all that? On arrival at the facilities, 5 boats were lined up, 3 wide beams and 2 narrow boats. Only one of the narrow boats was on the bollards so we kept going to the winding hole, winded, and hoped he would have finished by that time we came back. It was not to be. as that boat still there and we found out all the other boats wanted to fill tanks too. That one tap is so slow (see post) and with 3 wide beams with huge tanks we had visions of still waiting hours later. It was a no brainer really. We were not prepared to wait that long so decided we would head for Milton Keynes marina instead.  I had another look at the water gauge and noted the needle pointing to the 15% mark. Now this reading is for our front tank. We have another reserve tank at the rear, smaller capacity, but probably sufficient for our needs over the coming weekend.  So on reaching the park and, with only one space left, we reversed into it and made secure. With us going to a 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday and then The Village at War on Sunday at Stoke Bruerne (by car) I think we'll have enough to see us through till Monday.

Narrow boat in the middle was on the service bollard. Hadn't realised then that all the others wanted water too.

Gary arrived on diesel boat Ascot  and I thought this was Jules and Richards (Jules Fuels) patch.

Across the canal

Lovely mooring on the park side.
Wildlife seen today.

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