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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, 22 April 2018

Update on clearing the reeds

Ah, finally some news, we have a result...of sorts. C&RT are going to use their workboat Bollin, armed with volunteers, to clear a section of the reed from the 60ft winding hole near Langley Bridge lock to the 70ft winding hole near to Anchor Bridge. And just as we were all about to celebrate a 'BUT' was thrown into the mix. Initially, the offside vegetation was going to be hacked back, a job that had been started by C&RT but not fully completed and the bit that had been done was a far cry from what we deemed as 'cutting right back to bankside'. This meant that no longer would C&RT do the offside veg, concentrating on clearing the reeds instead. So yet another headache for Ian to sort out. With his plans to have boats moored three abreast, there will now not be enough of the channel width left for a single boat to travel through.The one hope is that Pentland (ECP&DA work boat) will be ready to be craned back into the water before the rally and, at the rate at which work has progressed, there is now a good chance of this being achieved. The engine is to be put back on Friday and with all the blacking finished, she will be completely watertight leaving any outstanding work to be done when she is back in the water. So we keep fingers crossed that a crane can be organised for early in May.


Julia in the front lockers

    This seen almost next to FS and a first for me. 

From the gentle side of the swans nature to aggression towards the ducklings

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fabulous swan pics there, something we haven't see either.
Ann and Keith xx

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