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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 11 December 2017

Day 1

Our getaway plans were very nearly scuppered and all because of the snow. 7.30pm and messages were coming via an app on Iwona's mobile phone alerting parents that some schools would be closed next morning. 30 minutes later a total of 45 schools had been closed including both of our grandsons. Colin works!!! Iwona works!!!! Who would look after the children??? Now I wonder who that delight would fall on????  We immediately offered our services and after a bit of discussion the arrangement was made for Colin to work from home so we could still go off on our travels and much appreciated it was I can tell you.

No more snow fell that night, in fact a slight thaw had started. Roads by the morning had been gritted and the snow plough cleared most of the main roads. So maybe the schools could have opened after all. Quick to dish out a fine if the kids are taken out of school without permission but who fines the teachers for failing to turn up? Food for thought me thinks!

Leaving by mid morning, it was a snowy outlook until we arrived in Somerset. The land once more turned green much to my relief. Didn't fancy getting to the campsite trying to park with ice under foot. Short lived though because nearing Wookey Hole the snow appeared once more. Getting onto the site we had a slight hill to negotiate but the site owner came out armed with sand and grit to make sure we made it without incident. Hardly anyone here and had the pick of the where we went. We choose nearest to the facilities. The views are magnificent and the sunset beautiful. The plan was to do the caves and gorge tomorrow but with temperatures set to fall to -6 I'm a bit worried that we will get out. Hey ho, the fun of winter travel. No doubt the canals will be iced over so hope you all keep warm and snug in front of the stove. Our gas/electric fire is doing a grand job and keeping it on over night is a must at present.


Carol said...

Beautiful sunset pictures Irene.

Jennie said...

Gosh you are braver than I am Irene. Have fun, stay warm and safe. Jennie

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