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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, 17 May 2021

We get a goody bag!

So....not best pleased with Ian this morning. We had stopped on route to York (a) for a cup of coffee and (b) to look up directions to tonight's camp site. I had finished my coffee, washed the cup, sat back in the passenger seat and waited for Ian to do the same.  Seemed to take an age before he got to the driving seat where he started the engine and drove off. Suddenly a loud bang came from the back. I spun around to discover Ian's cup on the floor and coffee all over the mat and carpet. "I thought I had drunk it all" said he sheepishly after I had let out a few expletives. Thankfully a convenient place was nearby to stop and thankfully most of the liquid ended up on the mat, but it still took some scrubbing from the carpet to get rid of the stains.

To get to York we had to cross the Humber Bridge and Ian noticed a sign for a viewing area before we got there. T'was a good move because we spent a good 2 hours wandering around the Humber area and especially the Waters Edge Country Park. 


It was on entering the visitor centre that a goody bag was thrust into our hands. "Welcome" said one of the reception staff. "You are the first customers through the door since being allowed to reopen to the public today." Gosh, what a surprise and had a cup of tea to celebrate in their newly opened café where I couldn't wait to open the bag and see what was inside.


Notebook, crayons, book on cycle routes in North Lincolnshire, small bag containing a buffing cloth, a bag of seed for feeding the ducks and various pamphlets of things to do in the area.

Humber Bridge is a toll bridge but no number plate recognition this time. No, the old-fashioned way of paying by money or card at a booth this time. MB was charged the same as a car so only had to pay the £1.50. 



The chosen stop tonight was Prospect Farm. It's a Camping and Caravan site with electric hookup, water and elsan. No toilet block or showers but who needs that when you get to a fab place like this. And we were all alone, so the choice of plot was ours to pick.


Booked for 4 nights and with a Park and Ride within two miles it will be an easy commute into York. 

Oh and this made me smile. I'm assuming this is a very intelligent Crow. Waits for the crossing gates to close before alighting for the tasty offerings on the railway track. We knew when the train was coming because with a couple of seconds to spare before the train arrived, it took off.


And wildlife today,

Cardinal Beetle

Small Tortoiseshell

Reed Warbler

Green-veined White


Marilyn, nb Waka Huia said...

You sure do get around! Surrey to York in the twinkling of an eye - mine, in between reading your posts!

Crows are remarkably clever birds. Check out on youtube David Attenborough (sp?) talking to Michael Parkinson, I think, re crows in Japan... By the way, crows being clever birds is one reason why we called our motorhome Crow - in part because I am a clever bird (says David) and in part because it stands for Cafe Rata on Wheels ...

And please ask Ian why he didn't wash, dry and put away his coffee mug?

Safe travels, Mxx

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Exactly Marilyn! Why didn't he wash that cup? Too busy doing other things or expecting wifey to do it for him, no doubt.

I did see a program on Crows, but I think that was with Chris Packham's animal Einstein's. And yes Crow is a good name for the motorhome. David's reasoning is spot on

Much love

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