Thursday, 19 March 2009

African wildlife in the UK!

0 Locks, 2 Miles. Now moored at Market Bosworth.

The outlook was still misty as we slipped our moorings to move on up the Ashby Canal. Unlike yesterday the sun did finally break through and it was glorious. Along the way we spotted several pheasants enjoying the sunshine and a real foreigner in the shape of a Guinea Fowl which are apparently raised in the UK just as people keep chickens,pigeons or budgerigars. These African birds can be raised like chickens but they are hard to catch as their plumage is very silky and slippery. Like geese they are also very good as an early warning alarm system making a devil of a noise when trouble looms.

Once moored up we walked up into town where it was market day but only 5 stalls in operation. We bought some lunch in the local bakery shop and sat in the market square watching the world go by for a very long time and it was great. We spoke to one local gentleman and he sat with us for quite a while having a good ole chat as if we had known each other for years. The difference between city and country life I suppose, the locals are more friendly.

On the way back to the boat we called into the local chippie for Cod and chips and had a cooks night off for a change. Tomorrow we think we might go for a bus ride to somewhere different.

This photo does not do this evenings sunset justice. The sun was bright red.

1588 locks, 3356 miles, 57 Tunnels, 44 swing bridges and 39 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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