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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, 31 October 2015

Merlin move day 4 and yet another blogger met.

For once it was the owls that got us up. In the tree directly opposite a pair hooting to each other for all their worth. So another early start in fact earlier then yesterday, we were away a tad after 7am.

A hint of red with sunrise

Today we made for Penkridge. The leaf situation had improved considerably and we only had a few occasions to clear the prop. With the sun causing the temperature to rise the cruise turned out to be very pleasant indeed. You would never think it was 31st October, Halloween, and tomorrow the start of November.

So without much to blog about this is more of a photo blog, although not long after mooring in Penkridge a familiar boat came past. It was Maffi and Molly on Milly M. I rushed out to say hello and I'm sure Maffi wondered who this women was. After all without me being on FS not many people would take a second glance at a strange women on a hire boat! Ian helped Maffi up Filance lock and we stood and had a bit of a catch-up. Having waved goodbye, within 30 minutes a knock on the boat and Maffi and Molly were stood outside. So kettle on, my dog fix with Molly and putting the worlds to right as only Maffi can.

Stretton Aqueduct

Approaching Autherley junction and Napton hire boats

Stop lock at the junction

Turned L towards Great Hayward

On the Staff & Worc and into the narrows

Hatherton branch

Tricky job to get to the lock with all the hire boats in

Pheasant shoot by Rodbaston lock

Maffi with Molly making sure the wall's not hit!

18 miles and 7 locks

And wildlife on route,


Boatwif said...

Fabulous photos as ever, Irene. I love the Staffs and Worcs, enjoy it!
We are currently aboard nb Cleddau at her moorings just below Lyme Park in North Cheshire, in weather very suitable for a post- summer wash and polish!

Sue / BoatwIf / nb Cleddau

Carol said...

Hi Irene, as always great photos, tell me, the coot ones, did you have your camera on a ‘burst’ setting ?

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Hi Carol,
Thanks for your comment, it is always appreciated. My Canon was set to shutter priority 640, Auto ISO, Aperture 5.38 and F/6.3 I didn't use burst as all I did was follow the Coot with the camera and click away. Xxx

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Hi Sue, Isn't the weather fabulous at the moment. Ideal to make Cleddau clean and shiny. Saying that though, we have had thick fog for most of today and more to come tomorrow. Photos of a very foggy journey on todays blog. Hope to see you next cruising season. We are off to Liverpool so hopefully our paths will cross. Xxxx

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