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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.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

The curse of Friday 13th

Friday 13th!!! What is it about that particular date. Why do we all dread it so much? And typically this was the date we had arranged to go to see Ian's sister & brother-in-law down in St Lawrence on the Black Water. M1 and M25 both had to be negotiated with Fridays traffic. So we set off at what we thought was a reasonable time, 1pm. Got onto the M1 and immediately had to put up with rain and spray. We had traveled around 15 mile when Ian suddenly remembered the cake! The 'Walnut and Coffee cake' I had so lovingly baked on Thursday to take to Sheila. We did no more then swing round at the next junction and head back to Langley. While Ian waited at the gate I high tailed it to the boat, grabbed the cake, said hello to the men working on the fence and then promptly tripped over the extension cable laying on the ground! I went flying, cake went flying, men dropped everything and flew to my aid. Me covered in mud head to toe! OMG the cake!!! Thankfully no harm done apart from some of the icing having disappeared in the box somewhere. Never did find it. Anyway, straight back to FS, get changed, explain to Ian what had happened (he laughed) and finally head back to the Motorway. By now, with it being an hour later, the traffic had built up, spray from the road was awful and instead of taking 3 hours to arrive at Chris & Sheilas it took nearly 5! So it seems Friday 13th lived up to it's name.......... once.again! 

Photo taken on the M25

View from Sheilas kitchen window. Anyone remember the pirate Radio Caroline from the 60's? Well here she is. Had to be towed to her anchorage by two tugs.
Shell duck
 And on the feeder

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