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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.

Wednesday 27 September 2023

It rose from the depths.

 Sept 26th

 Vaccination day! Rain beat down on FS from early morning...groan we had to set off regardless of the weather. To Nuneaton, we travelled and had to be there in time for the morning surgery at the pharmacy. It was dull, damp and we got soaked! Still there are not many places on the canals that one can just walk-in for one's Covid jabs and finding that pharmacy a 10-minute walk from the canal took some research.

I hope this was just the soil washed out from the fields. No wonder silt builds up along the banks!


The rain did ease, in fact it turned out dry for over an hour but just as we stopped by bridge 21 the heavens opened and boy did it rain! We hadn't even got FS secured so yet another soaking as we frantically tried to put in the cladding pins and attach ropes. Isn't it always the way though, that as soon as you get undercover, the rain stops!

The walk to the pharmacy was in glorious sunshine, talk about fickle weather! On entry chairs had been placed in rows and all were empty, we gave our name and were called in straight away. Within 10 minutes, flu and covid jabs done, both jabs in my right arm but Ian had the flu jab in the left arm and covid in right. As we left, crikey every chair in the place was full. Our timing was perfect today.

Pins were pulled as soon as we got back to FS. Boot wharf was coming up, usually very tight to get past those boats but today, with towpath moorings free, was much easier.  

 Just before Marston Junction and the Ashby canal that sunken cruiser. was still there.  I wasn't sure at first as all I could see was that traffic cone. It wasn't until almost on top of it that out from the depths part of the cruiser appeared. Surly this is a proper hazard now, boats will run into it. Come on CRT. About time you got the thing out! And here are the before and after photos.

Early August


And today


Around Hawkesbury junction for the third time in 2 months, and this might not be the last! We still have to head back to Langley Mill from Milton Keynes but have yet to decide whether our return journey will be along the Leicester line and River Soar or back toward Fradley.

Oh, look...that cruiser Ian and Marilyn moved is still there! And has yet another overstay notice on it!

Sutton stop lock

It's been another longish day and with it now being mid-afternoon, we stopped at a short stretch of piling between bridge 11 and 12. Storm Agnes is coming...it is expected to hit our region of West Midlands. According to the local weather, yellow warning for high winds will be in place from 12 pm tomorrow. So a few hours of cruising in the morning perhaps?


Marilyn, nb Waka Huia said...

Maybe Ian and I should have hoiked that abandoned yoghurt pot out of the water and deposited it behind the bins at the junction ...

Weather here has been a bit poopy too - a southerly that brings cold and wet.


Ian and Irene Jameison said...

You both would have done a better job of it that's for sure!


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