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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, 7 December 2020

Fancy a bit of gossip?

Gosh, it seems an age since pen has hit paper oops... fingers hit keyboard and although not a lot has happened on FS, we have had a fair bit of excitement here at Langley Mill.

First the Great Northern pub. 

Since March the place had been closed and at first the two lads that took over the pub when the previous landlords departed in February, started the refurbishment of the exterior and interior and seemed to be doing a good job to boot. Nice lads we thought at our first meeting on our return from Oz. Then when we got back from our summer cruise in September we found they had vacated the premises.  It didn't take long for our fellow boaters to explain about the numerous break-ins, police involvement and unsavoury dodgy dealings all associated with the pub. To our surprise new owners once again arrived to takeover the pub and on entry discovered all the kitchen equipment had vanished, paintwork left in a terrible state and worse, piles of dog faeces behind the bar and in the public area. To date the new owners have only been seen a couple of times and nothing appears to have been done about the inside other than a good clean. A dead rat has been left to fester by the bins! Will this pub ever open again?  We do hope so because as our local we spent many a happy hour in there. 

There has also been a few problems with 'over stayers' above and below Langley Bridge lock. When the cruising restrictions opened up again in July, a fact imparted to us again on our September return by resident boaters, two boats refused to vacate the mooring. In fact, they stayed outside the facilities for the duration, eventually leaving in October after finally being moved on by C&RT. Illness and doctors appointments were their excuse.  Strange that one of the boaters left every day at 8am and returned at 4pm! Methinks it was work that took him away daily from his boat! To date, another boat on the lock landing below the lock has been there for a month and yes CRT are fully aware, having been after this particular boater for ages and I believe are keeping them well in their sights.

Another bit of excitement in November. Anyone heard of Natasha Raskin Sharp one of the presenter of Antiques Road trip and Bargain Hunt? There she was being filmed for one of those shows and right by Langley Bridge Lock. Of course, I got a great view of the whole proceedings.

Best not drop that!

Late November a massive crash was heard and Jim and Jenn (Dire Straits) moored in the Great Northern Basin had a near perfect view of flashing blue lights and much shouting. Turns out a speeding car had lost control only just missing a volunteer litter picker and crashed into the imitation lock gates at the start of Anchor Lane.  Two men exited the car and legged it toward Asda. To read the article click on this LINK

 Talking of litter picking ECP&DA members Ian (hubby), Roland and Chairman Norman (all socially distanced) headed of on Pentland a few days ago to help The Cromford volunteers to litter pick along parts of the Erewash canal. On their return a good haul had been found including a motor scooter submerged below Anchor bridge. 


Police once again became involved, and we are now awaiting a visit with the possibility of  them taking the scooter away for more investigation.

Painting by numbers and cross stitch, two of the things that has kept me occupied during these boring days. Ian of the other hand always find things to do, even on rainy days. We did take an excursion to Clumber Park, a NT place, during a cold and crisp day early November. Made a lovely change from the repetitive walks along the Erewash canal and surrounds.

My sanity therapy. 

This was my first ever attempt at cross stitch. Hmm, a bit wonky but still proud of my attempt.

Another three paint by numbers and a canal cross stitch are waiting for me to start.

This cross stitch is classed as difficult. Oh, dear...have I bitten off more than I can chew?

And finally we thought we should try and get into the Christmas spirit. Tree up, FS decorated and today bubbly was bought for the big day ready to toast the children on a Zoom call after the Queens speech. Yep, Christmas for us will be a very quiet affair. No visits so no risk of getting the dreaded virus. Can't wait for our turn to be vaccinated!


And wildlife visitors this last month



Marilyn, nb Waka Huia said...

Lovely to know you are still in the land of the living, Irene and Ian.
I'm very impressed with your cross stitch! And if the narrowboats one gets too hard, you can always 'photoshop' bits out and go free-form ...
Big hugs to you both,

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Lovely to hear from you, Marilyn. Trust all is well in the land of the long white cloud.
Will we see you next year? Hopefully, vaccinations will make that possible as will our return to NZ and Oz.
Hugs to you both

Jennie said...

Hi Irene, Good to hear from you and to know you are safe and well. It has certainly all been happening round your way. I do hope your pub rises from the ashes, so to speak. We remember fondly the meal we had with you both in 2018.
We are both well and looking forward to our turn for the vaccine and return to some semblance of normality. Like you, we are not seeing the family - with 5 children in school and two teachers; they are, sadly, too much of a risk to us. Our brother in law who keeps himself to himself is going to be with us for Christmas. His children would gladly have him, but again they are too much of a risk, so at least by coming to us he won't be alone.
Take care, keep safe and have a Happy Christmas. Jennie x

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Thank you, Jennie. Not the Christmas we wanted but with two of our grandchildren schools now experiencing Covid amongst some pupils, we felt it safer to stay away from the family. Still going to have a turkey dinner though and at least this year we can watch what we want on TV instead of fighting the grandkids for the remote!
Hope your Christmas will be a good one, and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your pics Irene, we are self isolating too as children at work and grandchildren at school. We are also in teir two down yer.
However we are not having such an eventful time as you are.
Keep fit, cosy and safe ooop there.
Ann Makemson xx

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Thanks Ann, Have a very Merry Christmas from us both. Xxx

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