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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, 14 May 2015

Sharpness, the Sea Lock and Elvers

It was spot on, the weather forecast for a change. Ian's app on his phone predicted that rain would arrive here in Sharpness at 8am. Well they were wrong! It started raining at 8.04! Mind you the sunset last night foretold a different story. Wasn't Sheppard's delight supposed to predict good weather?

The rain got heavier and heavier as the morning progressed but did we mind? Not a jot 'cause we didn't have to move (pity all those that have to travel today) so all those jobs waiting for a rainy day was to take place. Ian started to run the cable through from the starter batterie at the back to my  battery in the bow. My bait fridge predominantly runs from solar power but we tend to have more overcast days at the moment so my battery needs topping up, hence the cable. Leaving Ian to play I baked a carrot cake just to help him keep his energy levels up and then started on my hundreds of photos to decide which ones to post today. I have tried to narrow them down but I took so many it was difficult to decide. So here are my contribution of yesterdays walk to Sharpness, in a lovely sunny day, far cry from today's miserable weather.

Looking back to the Marina and the old dock

Entrance to Sharpness old dock

Hidden beneath the waves in the old dock, the hull of Mary

Tidal Basin

Bottom gates into the basin

The lock into the dock
Like most locks this one leaks as well

The silt is from the basin,  not out of the lock
Fishing for Elvers (young Eels) to help with the migration upstream. To read all about this click here

I took this photo before the chap emptied the elvers into a bucket. I could see a beetle like creature, crab and eel

Leptocephalus larva of an ocean eel


Notice something unique about the white cruiser?

Looking out onto the canal
The dock

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