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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, 2 September 2017

Talk about knackered!

So this morning it was off to Argos to buy a new food processor and, as the electric kettle needed replacing also came away with one of those. Back at FS and had a bit of trouble looking for somewhere to keep the processor, (lots of gadgets and blades to play with)  but it's amazing what can be stored on a boat when needs must.

Having returned from shopping, it was tea and cake on Icing before heading for Adderley locks. 5 in this flight and lovely to see the farm shop is still selling produce at the top lock. There was a honesty box to put the cash in, saved someone having to stand by the stall and even a fridge which had ice cream and lollies for sale. Rather fancied one of their homemade pork pies but all sold out, mores the pity.

Between locks at Audlem

 After Adderley locks came the Audlem Flight. In total 15 locks but we had only planned to do the first 11 wanting to have a meal at the Shroppie Fly tonight. So many times we have passed this pub but have never gone in. Comes highly recommended so we will see. First two locks were with us and all the rest had to be turned round. We were lead boat and I volunteered to do the flight. I must have lost some weight today with all that running back and forth, filling the lock for Ian to enter, running ahead to get the next lock ready, coming back to let him out and then refilling the lock for Icing. Hadn't realised how knackered I was so after 7 locks Ian took over to give me a break.

Between locks at Audlem

Ian lifting a paddle while I filled the next lock.

last lock of the day and finally another boat.
 Found moorings above lock 12 for both FS and Icing, Ian walked to the Shroppie Fly to book a table so dinner is sorted for tonight. Now to see if the recommendations are correct.

My my favourite bird also put in an appearance. 4 of them to be precise. The Shroppie seems to be good habitat for the Kingfishers and seem to be completely unfazed by boats going past.

And warming themseves on the roof

Small Tortoiseshell

 Woodland Brown


Marilyn McDonald said...

Irene, We went to the Lord Combermere - excellent food and good wine.
Let us know how the Shroppie Fly was.

We had Adam and Adrian and Jaq onboard Waka Huia for dinner last night. A lot of laughter and probably a bit much wine ...


Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Sounds if you all had one hell of a good night. Shame we had moved on as we would have loved to have joined you. I Have also put our experience of the Shroppie Fly on tonight's blog. Xxx

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