Out and about

August 31, 2008

Hey we left the marina and there was no nose bleeds. We thought that we should give the boat a run out to see if there were any problems. Mick and Celeste came over from Watford and we thought we would have a run down to Henley. As the large orange light in the sky was out for what seems like the first time during August the river was packed and we had to hover at the first lock at Sonning, A large passenger cruiser came down and pushed to the front of the queue, cue exit stage right. We turned around and moored at Sonning.

Mick cooked a delicious lunch, bangers and mash. I cannot really give it a GRPS as there was no charge and this would cause a singularity which would give an infinite score, ok enough it would be a GRPS of 2 with your average pub charge.

Where we moored was under a large Hazel tree from which we were bombarded by open shells from delinquent squirrels out to cause mischief or were they only dinning down by the river, either way we had the constant bang banging of large projectiles landing and reverberating along the length of the boat. Frances was particularly susceptible up at the front under the cratch cover where she thought that she was under attack from wild sniper squirrels.

Anyway we had a very relaxed day out with Mick and Celeste and look forward to more of the same as we progress around the system.

Mick and Celeste

Mick and Celeste

We finished off the day around at the Lyndhurst with Risa and James for a few pints and a chat.

Today we did 3.76 miles and 0 locks

Statistics so far:
146.13 Miles, 84 Locks, 1 Swing Bridge, 2 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Batteries, the end of an Era (I hope)

August 29, 2008

The new batteries arrived today and I have now installed them, this was not as easy as it sounds as the terminals were of the opposite polarity to the old ones. With a bit of re-jigging of the 70mm cable the job was complete and I hope that that is the end of that.

The manufacturer no longer makes or supplies the battery type that we originally had and that says all we need to know, the battery design was flawed and they have been withdrawn from manufacture.

Frances has to go into work next week and I am still working from home so we have booked into the marina for another week to complete these activities and of course charge the batteries.

So hopefully no more battery stories on here for at least 4 years, fingers crossed.

We have just been out to Sonning for a bit of a walk around and a meal at the Bull Inn which achieved a GRPS 1.4, a very nice old pub in a lovely location and very popular with boat people.

Today we did 0 miles and 0 locks

Statistics so far:
142.37 Miles, 84 Locks, 1 Swing Bridge, 2 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Music, batteries and another meal

August 26, 2008

Here we are back in Croxley and Mick is practising on the cello and it is just like the old days of about 15 years ago when the cello was a constant source of music in the household along with the violin and the piano. I have been playing the piano today after the highly motivational experience of the weekend.

The battery nightmare continues and I am not even going to go there until we have some resolution to the situation. The alternator is fine, I forgot to say yesterday that I adjusted the slight difference in pulley distance between the engine and the alternator by loosening the screws that held the body together and inserting a washer between the engine mount and the alternator to bring the alternator pulley forward and flush with the engine pulley with the result that the rattling noise disappeared. Hey I don’t make this up but I was very pleased with the resulting performance and “that is why Frances keeps me”, I am often told.

We have just had a meal at the Coach and Horses in Rickmansworth GRPS 1.2, I really must produce a table and maybe modify the scoring system so that everyone else other than myself can understand it, it does make perfect sense to me but I have yet to meet anyone else with any where near the same level of comprehension.

We are staying over in Croxley tonight as I need to finish something for work and just couldn’t face driving back to Reading and back again in the morning, not a green thing to do at any rate.

Today we did 0 miles and 0 locks

Statistics so far:
142.37 Miles, 84 Locks, 1 Swing Bridge, 2 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Talley

August 25, 2008

It seems like ages since we were on the boat in fact it is only 4 days. We had a great weekend out in Wales and met up with our son-in-laws parents and maternal relatives. The view from their back garden is remarkable this was taken as the sun was setting; their house is in the bottom right hand corner.

Sunset over Talley

Sunset over Talley

We started the party off by building a Teepee

Teepee Frame

Teepee Frame

Fitting the outer cover

Fitting the outer cover

Teepee complete with central heating

Teepee complete with central heating

It rained on and off for most of the day but it did not affect the festive atmosphere one bit and we all ended up in the house listening to live music for close of play.

The following day we had lunch for 20 in the house that we were staying at in LLandeilo about 7 miles from Talley, it was an amazing place that reminded us of our Hostelling days and many thanks go to Alison and Simon for such an enjoyable and entertaining weekend.

Back on the boat waiting for the morrow and news of the battery delivery when we will hopefully be released from our enforced stay.

Today we did 0 miles and 0 locks

Statistics so far:
142.37 Miles, 84 Locks, 1 Swing Bridge, 2 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Hereford

August 21, 2008

Ok why is it that we can travel almost 100 mile by car in three hours which is 10 times faster than on the canal and think that we have had a terrible journey. 30 miles an hour by car, 3 miles an hour by boat – no competition. Apart from the speed the journey over was through some wonderful countryside we came down the M4 as far as Swindon and then headed over to the A40, what a wonderful country.

We are now with Sam and Gabs in Hereford and have just had a nice meal and are settling in for the night, some good music and some drink.

When we came through Reading we had to pass the site of the Reading festival and there were hundreds of excited people carrying their tents and provisions for the weekend event. The last time I did that was in 1969 at Bath.

Sadly we can no longer get to Hereford by Canal, otherwise we would have been heading rapidly over here for the big event batteries and all, as it is only three weeks until Gaby is expecting her baby. So we will be back here soon as grand parents.

Today we did 0 miles and 0 locks

Statistics so far:
142.37 Miles, 84 Locks, 1 Swing Bridge, 2 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Commute

August 20, 2008

Back to Croxley again today, this is becoming a bit of a commute, I have taken working from home to a new height. Mind you with the weather we have been having lately we may as well be working rather than anything else. The boat has been blowing around a bit in the wind and rain; I hope that it eases off soon as we do not want the Thames or Avon to flood so that we get stuck here for even longer. Another week and we will be thinking about leaving this little community and better still I will have something to write about here, for example going up (or should that be down) the 29 locks at Devizes.
We are off to Hereford (by car) tomorrow and then on to Talley in Wales on Friday for the weekend, well we may as well do something while we wait for these batteries.

Today we did 0 miles and 0 locks

Statistics so far:
142.37 Miles, 84 Locks, 1 Swing Bridge, 2 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Lifestyle

August 19, 2008

Although we are still in the marina this journey isn’t all about getting canal miles and locks under the belt it is about adjust our pace of life so that we can enjoy the things we wish to do and all in our own time.
So here we are back in Croxley for another day of work. Has it all gone horribly wrong? Will we ever escape the rat race? Yes of course we will, this is just a momentary blip as we undergo the huge psychological change needed for our new life. Having said this my keyboard lies untouched in its case, I have not played any music since we left at the end of June, and that is pretty bad considering I was playing every day before that.

Today we did 0 miles and 0 locks

Statistics so far:
142.37 Miles, 84 Locks, 1 Swing Bridge, 2 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator