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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, 17 March 2018

Blooming 'eck...

..not again. A definite deja vu moment when the snow arrived by mid-morning and it being the Pie and Pea weekend again. Would you believe that the same event back in 2013, snow also fell and only one week differed from that year to this years gathering. Unfortunately that time we were well down on attendees so the thought of this year being the same was depressing. Snow has been falling on and off all day, settling in places, but the heavy showers are intermittent so here's hoping no huge accumulations will build up and people will still manage to come to the 'do' by car.

The number of boats making it to Sandiacre was also down. Normally between 20 and 30 boats turn up but this time only 6 boats arrived from Langley Mill (including us) and only 4 boats came up from Sheet Stores in Long Eaton. With the River Trent in flood, it was also a non-starter for anyone travelling along the Soar or T&M hoping to come up the Erewash. With ice also forecasted for tonight and with me not being the steadiest person on my feet these days, sod's law will say it will be me and only me who ends up on my derriere!

Boaters from Sheet stores all moored below lock

And above lock

The blue boat next to the towpath and the other two in the foreground are moored in the Derby Arm permanently and are not part of the festivities tonight. We have to cross the blue boats rear deck which is slippery when wet and lethal with ice on it.
Whatever the outcome no doubt I will be taking photos and enjoying the St Patricks Day twiddly-dee music, whether we have a full house or not.

To prove Spring is almost upon us this Robin was bringing in nesting material to a Yuggsa

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