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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.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Steel v canoe.

Sunday 24th September

Left Stone before any other boats on the move, not massively early, around 8.30ish. We had the Stone flight of locks with us and for many miles, not a moving boat to be seen. So why is it that as soon as we reached the second of the four single locks the queues started? We caught up with three of the boats a good mile after the first lock, Aston, which again was still in our favour. So those three boats must have left roughly at the same time (or maybe the front-runner was extremely slow) and we all got to Sandon lock together. Being forth it took a while to get down especially as the same number of boats were waiting at the bottom to come up.

At Hoo Mill lock we still had two in front. Nothing better to do while waiting so may as well wash the boat!

It wasn't until way past 2pm before we arrived at Great Hayward. As a welcoming committee, we were confronted by loads of kids in canoes, all having a whale of a time by ramming each other and trying to get each other wet. In fact, with us leaving the facilities, several blasts on the horn was needed to make them aware that roughly 15 ton of steel was bearing down on them! They certainly shifted a bit quick!

The facilities are behind the two breasted boats.

Moored near to Shugboriugh Hall. From being council run it is now an NT house and being members we may well visit tomorrow.

And wildlife,

Ian took this photo on the Panasonic camera and the only one of today. (it's the Canon I use for wildlife) Not bad considering he's not usually the photographer.


Marilyn McDonald said...

Did you see my post with the watersport expo near Leicester - same issue, but so great to see kids having fun in/on the water, isn't it?

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

I did Marilyn. They do so enjoy themselves but OMG frightens the life out of me trying to get past. Xx

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