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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.

Sunday, 25 February 2018


Sometimes I despair at the mentality of some folk. I'm not entirely sure what the leaving of paddles up on both top and bottom gates will achieve other than giving whoever did it some sort of twisted satisfaction of watching all the water drain away. Twas at Shipley lock on the Erewash and judging by the amount of water already flowing through the gate paddles, the pound toward Eastwood lock was down by a good 6 " Nothing I could do about it though as I was just carrying a camera, not being in the habit of bringing a windlass with me on a walk. If I had returned to FS, got my windlass, walked all the way back, another 90 minutes or more would have past. So I didn't return and just hoped that another boat would turn up and drop the paddles.

Oh and whilst walking back this lady and horse passed by. Wrapped around the horse's neck was her jumper. An escapee from the field next to Eastwood lock found to be wandering the towpath toward Langley Mill. I wonder if the two incidents were related?

 Ever wondered why the moon can be seen during the day? This explanation is taken from Universe today

...First, there is the Moon’s apparent luminosity, which is due to its proximity to our planet and a combination of other factors. Second, there is the particular nature of the Moon’s orbit around Earth, otherwise known as the Lunar Cycle Between these two factors, the Moon can become visible to the casual observer during the day.
 And on my walk,

Mistle Thrush? or is it a song Thrush?


Carol said...

I would say song thrush from the rspb site it's a lighter brown than the mistle thrush. You would be lucky to spy a mistle thrush these days as they're quite rare.

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Thanks, Carol. They do look very similar and I hadn't realised the Mistle thrush was so rare.

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