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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, 1 October 2014

Isle of Man day 2

The plan for last night was to go find a real ale pub. Only trouble with that idea was the torrential rain that very nearly scuppered the plan. So after a great help yourself carvery in the hotel restaurant we were all resigned to entertaining ourselves. Then a vocalist appeared out of the blue and kept everyone dancing and singing for hours. Some of the men (Ian included) still wanted the real ale so decided to brave the weather and go hunting for the pub. After a great entertaining evening I departed to bed and await Ians return. It was well after 11pm when I heard him trying to creep into the room and failing miserably. Think I startled him when I said 'and what time do you call this!!'.
Trying to sleep last night was nie on impossible due to the herd of elephants stomping around on the floor above. Then when it did go quiet the Chinese restaurant next to the hotel started with their deliveries and then to top that we suddenly became aware of a very bad smell (like blocked drains) permeating throughout the room (no it wasn't Ian or me) which really was very unpleasant. So first thing this morning we had a word with the receptionist and asked for the drains to be looked at. Sure enough on our return from the trip to Peel (more later) the room had a lovely fresh smell about it so keeping fingers crossed we have no more smelly sleepless nights. Cant guarantee the elephants though!!

So the trip to Peel took all of 30 minuets.  The Island only measures 13 miles across it's width and is near as dam it, 35 miles long so nowhere will take any length of time. After a drizzly start the sun came out in time to welcome us to Peels town center. Loads to do at Peel and not enough time to do it all so we plumped for the House of Manannan the Islands Celtic, Viking and maritime heritage museum and a tour round Peel castle. Time went to quick but we managed to see most of our chosen attractions. So now for the photos,

Peel Harbour

Viking Ship

And they carried the exhibit to the outside.

Sail maker

Gutting and then smoking the Kippers

Peel Castle

Sea wall in the center

Michael, Dennis, Heather, May, Margaret, Dave and Ian just appearing in the picture

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