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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 20 November 2023

Nop, never again

19th November

 Note to oneself...do not ever, ever, moor on the Atherstone town moorings again! Railway one side...Cockrell the other.... sleep zero....sheer purgatory!

And another thing, cat prints all over FS's roof! We would have been really pee'd off had more scratches appeared!

So even though the wind had picked up and rain clouds were never very far away, we left to get away from the noise. Ian walked on (not hobbling today) to set lock 6 leaving me to get FS ready to go. Lovely to see the gate opening with no hanging about waiting for it to fill. 


I was not so lucky on the next three locks, rain began falling and the wind was gusting and pushing FS toward the bank, so once lock 9 was done and dusted, we stopped. So glad we did because those wind gusts rattled the roof furniture and bounced FS against the bank. Extra fenders had to be placed, gosh it would have been no fun trying to steer a boat in that.


20th November

We may not have had to listen to that Cockrell but the trains were still very close. Yesterday the wind blew the sound in our direction, thankfully with it a Sunday the railway was a lot quieter and it was only this morning at 6 am that they truly started in earnest. 


Wind had dropped today, not a ripple on the water to disturb the reflections.

Lock 10 was full, the rest empty but unlike yesterday, no problems in holding out while they filled. The breeze was but a gentle whisper.

Stopped at the facilities to empty the full cassettes and not just those two but the one in use at the moment. Notification came through yesterday that Fradley's elsan was out of action due to a problem with the septic tank, so the worry of keeping legs crossed until Willington didn't bare thinking about.  With all three now empty, we should be okay for at least 8 days if nothing untoward happens.

Lunchtime was a good time to stop, visitor moorings between bridge 86 and 87. Yep, that will do us for today, after all. we had been on the go for over two hours!

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