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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.

Friday 21 June 2024

Bits and bobs.

 Sunset was pretty dramatic last night. Hmm, hope that means summer has finally arrived!

So last night, Quiddler and Five Crowns were played, nothing but football on TV and we do NOT enjoy watching that! By 10 pm we went to bed, I was a bit concerned because for several days there had been a strong gas smell every time we lit the gas ring, a sure sign it was running out. The fridge ran on gas, a blue light shines brightly when it is working. So waking about 3 am this morning with the blue light flashing meant only one thing, we had run out! Trying to get back to sleep with that continuous flashing was impossible and I think all my sighing and tossing and turning had the desired effect because it eventually woke Ian. Well, bless he would have gone out in just the underpants to change the bottle but I persuaded him to turn the fridge off completely so the flashing would stop. Now I know what you are all saying, why didn't she get up switch it off herself? One good reason, I have never been able to figure out what buttons to push and in the past have changed it to electric when no electricity was present, turning it off by mistake and nearly losing all the frozen stuff, so now it is left up to Ian.

We had a Scottish breakfast at the cafรฉ this morning. If only I had known quite how much one would get, I would have chosen something else. So we had 2 Lorne sausages (square) 2 rounds of Haggis, 2 slices of bacon, tomato, egg, baked beans, a tattie pancake (potato), and a slice of wholemeal toast and butter. All washed down with a large pot of tea. At £10.95 each what a bargain.

Full to bursting we set off to do a Morrison shop at Berwick. Not that we wanted much in the way of food stuff but Ian had read somewhere that alcohol prices in Scotland are much higher than in England. We probably won't return to England for several weeks so stocking up had to help the pocket. Morrisons had a deal on, 2 bottles for £11 as long as the bottle was over £6.50. I like McGuigan blended red usually about £8 each so would make a considerable saving. We bought 12 bottles! Ian stocked up on cider and two bottles of rum, me thinks that should last us for a day or two ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚   A refill of the gas cylinder was also on our minds, we like to make sure the empty one is replaced as soon as possible, in case we forget.

At Morrison, there was a Revolution washing machines


We decided to wash some of the bedding and towels. This meant staying at the car park for about an hour but worth it so everything was freshened up. It was at Chris and Sue's a few days ago that our main wash was done. (Thank you Sue Xx) Today was a relax day, and with no plans, could catch up on bits and pieces. One unexpected repair was the cutlery draw.  Now I'm not blaming anyone but who was it that made the coffee whilst waiting for the washing to be finished? And who forgot to lock the draw???? Anyway Ian took a corner rather fast and the draw came crashing out and landed by the fridge. Good grief it made us jump.

My man that can fixed it in no time, he is now forgiven for his actions earlier!

 We crossed the border at Berwick, no border control here!

A place called Eyemouth was where we found the replacement gas cylinder. Phoning around the area, this turned out to be the cheapest by far. Quotes were from £34 to the one we chose at £28. No contest! 

Eyemouth has a lovely small harbour and moored against the harbour wall was a small ocean rowing boat called Nanook. Why this boat attracted my atention was because in 2016 my neice Elizbeth's married Richard Hume in the Blue Mountains NSW. Australia

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He rowed across the Atlantic in 2010 with his university friend Tom Barnes. He completed the challenge in 72 days 8 hours and 43 minutes. He calls us Aunty and Uncle how sweet is that! To date he is running 30 marathons in 30 days to raise money for miracle babies  We are extreley proud to have such an athelete in the family. He has a FB page where he posts everyday of the challenge and he has just completed day 20.

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 It was so late we decided not to continue to Falkirk Wheel, instead stop at a place called North Berwick. Ian found a car park overlooking Milsey Bay  It was very busy, at least five motor homes already parked and nowhere for us. We turned around, headed back down the hill but stopped at a layby to find somewhere else. Talk about lucky, a car in between two of the motor homes left, Ian did no more than reverse back up the lane and into the space.


Since then plenty more have turned up and failed to find a space. It pays to arrive early, even so, our arrival was 3 pm and we thought that to be early enough!

And seen at Morrisons


Caroline and Martin said...

Not sure where in Scotland you are planning to go but as you are on the East coast from this post, RSPB Loch Leven has a good opportunity for seeing red squirrels, also room for overnight stops, and further around the loch at Kirkgate Park the is MH parking with lovely grassed area over looking the water (just a short walk to see https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/lochleven-castle/ across the water). Also the fife coast is really lovely. Caroline

Ian and Irene Jameison said...

Thanks, Caroline. We may do that on the way back from Shetland, it sounds like the perfect place and Red Squirrels are always on our wish list. Xx

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