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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, 5 February 2018

A Catch-Up

So, where do I start? It seems an age since I placed fingers to keyboard to create a post, so time for a catch-up.

Its been all hands on deck with the rally preparations. Trying to organise such a large event has its problems but luckily ECP&DA have a great bunch of members all chipping in. Impressive are the boat entries already booked in. We now have 10 trade boats, 18 historic boats and 40 private boats all attending and we are still only just into Feb.In fact, we have had to close the Trade boat entries as towpath space is limited. Ian as Harbour Master has walked from Langley Mill lock up to Anchor bridge and the winding hole with a wheel measure thingy to see how many meters he has to play with. I don't envy his job trying to find a space for them all!

 January and we had the first significant snowfall here at Langley Mill. Didn't last that long, by next morning it was nearly all gone but it did highlight the daffodils coming up under the tree on the grassy area. Are these flowers coming up earlier every year?

 Toward the end of January, the sky was clear enough for me to get a photo of the Super Moon. Rather pleased with the outcome even though I do say so myself.

Although these few events were worthy of a mention, for the majority of the time staying in one place has seen me twiddling my fingers and wondering what to do with myself. There is only so much cleaning one can do and cupboards have been stripped of contents, scrubbed to an inch of its life and rearranged so neither Ian or I can find anything anymore! So a trip away later this month when we take off in the 'Beast' for a few days will be a welcome relief. The Peak District is our destination so looking forward to that although warm clothing may well be needed if this cold spell doesn't break!

 We did go to Newark Boat Jumble last Sunday. Met up with Dennis and Margaret (Nb Icing) and spent a good couple of hours wandering around. It was just new mooring ropes we went for but ended coming away with a Dash Cam for the motorhome and a small air compressor in case our tyres go flat! As for needing ropes, our mooring ropes have been spliced together so many times that we feared any sharp tug and the splice would give way leaving FS to wander where she pleased. Hardly bear thinking about especially if it happened on a river!

Newark doesn't just have boat stuff, some stalls were full of fishing gear and I was treated to a new reel complete with two spools, one having 10lb line already wound on and I felt the price of £15 was a bargain.

Synthetic Hemp Rope

 Anyway enough of this dribble. it's time to go and watch daytime TV again. Yep, the boredom has well and truly set in and watching the square box all day is my way of dealing with it!

Took a few wildlife piccys when out walking including coming face to face with a Fox.

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