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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 30 December 2017

Strange gurglings and early morn revellers.

Oh-err. A new influx of guest have arrived in this hotel and the room above us is now occupied. Not only do we have Elephants parading up and down making one hell of a racket but every time their shower is used, we can hear water gurgling up through our shower plughole!

Anyway back to last night. Dinner was very good with three course provided but only water served at the table. We could have had wine but at £15+ for a bottle of their house wine, we felt we could do without. Instead, we made it to a real ale pub to satisfy our thirst. The beer was £3.20 a pint and a medium glass of red wine was only £3.40. Not bad as usually Ian pays well over £4 for my wine. Didn't feel quite as guilty as I normally do. (Okay okay so I lie!)

Bed beckoned well after 11.30pm and yesterdays fears were realised when we had revellers shouting and laughing and generally having a good time below our window. Really don't mind that as we all like a good time but NOT at 3 in the morning!  Me thinks the wee hours of New Year morning might be very noisy. Hopefully, we will all be very comatose by then!

Same view as last night but in daylight this time.
 Today we went to Norwich. 3 hours to do what we like and honestly thought we could do loads. Not so as an hour was spent in Wetherspoons with the ECP&DA motley mob having coffee and trying to sort out Michaels new camera. Much hilarity when he managed to take floor shots rather than any of us! Having left them all to do their own thing Ian and I headed for Norwich castle. Plenty to see here but more of those themed rooms consisting of wildlife (liked a lot), Vikings and Roman artefacts (very interesting) and Rembrandt's painting gallery ( Not our cup of tea). Needless to say, I didn't really take many photos, just these few. But time defeated us as we realised the Cathedral would have to wait for another visit. Coach arrived by 1.45pm and we would have been all set to leave then but for Ian realising his phone had dropped out of his pocket at the Castle. Never have I seen a man leg it so fast back and never have I seen a man so pleased when he found it handed in at the reception desk! We left by 2 pm!

L to R Dave, Heather, Michael, Ian, Dennis and Margaret hiding behind Carol

Norwich Castle

Toilet talk again??

Cathedral as seen from one of the castle windows

Medieval Wall carvings in the Kings Chapel

And a selfie!

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