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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 30 December 2019

Wow what a place to view the fireworks tomorrow.

It is obvious that this time of year if one hasn't booked one misses out! Such was the case yesterday at Gulf harbour when an excursion to the islands of Tiritiri Matangi was a must. Full of native wildlife and birds I would have been in my element. But fully booked we left and headed for a place that looked to be perfect for viewing the New Year fireworks in Auckland. A place called Bayswater Marina. Ian found it on one of the free camping apps a site that had a fee attached and run by the marina. We really didn't hold out much hope of securing a spot but gosh we were lucky. A few places left and only one on a level spot so we paid our $80 for two nights. And wow...what a great spot. A direct line of sight to the Sky Tower and we can view the display from the luxury of the motorhome. It doesn't get any better than that!

Looking at the tower from inside the van.

A ferry runs regularly from Baywater to Auckland city so decision made, go see what is on offer across the water. Plenty, especially the dolphin and whale trip. Enquired if there was space for the morrow but told no, fully booked. Again we were disappointed. Never mind, all was not lost as we have paid for a Hop on Hop off bus with tickets to go up in the Sky Tower.

Sky Tower to the left and harbour bridge right.

The motorhome
 Dinner tonight consisted of Pizza and Garlic bread. Nothing wrong with that, a quick easy meal before watching a film would be good. Went to turn the oven on and.... arggg NO OVEN! Suddenly realised we only had a hob. What to do....would it work in a frying pan with a lid on? Only one way to find out, try it.

 It worked...it really did. Okay, the bottom was a tad crisp but the cheese melted and it was hot through. Amazing what can be done in a pan,

A few wildlife photos.

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