Alnwick Castle

April 27, 2009

I have a very poor connection and have also managed to corrupt my computer, hopefully when I get back to the boat I will be able to restore it to its former glory. We are having a great time up here visiting family and staying by the sea.

On Saturday we visited Alnwick castle, definately worth a visit with lots of things going on. We watched the birds of prey and walked around the gardens. Absolutely no chance of uploading photos.

A little rain today so Frances is off doing some retail therapy while I entertain my father who is drinking his home made nettle beer.

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Holiday

April 22, 2009

I spent the day clearing up the back cabin; we had accumulated an enormous amount of unnecessary junk since we started off in June. So I did a Frances and trimmed it right down and we can now get in and out without clambering over the clutter.

Tomorrow we are off up north (Northumberland) visiting family. So the painting will be on hold for a week or two, just when I had got going as well, well such is life. We are looking forward to the holiday break, but some would ask how do you tell, and this would be a good point. I guess the main difference will be that the floor will not be moving beneath our feet. Otherwise it is business as usual.

Statistics so far:-

514.99 Miles, 404 Locks, 46 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridge, 6 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Old Friends

April 21, 2009

Well the paint work is progressing well; I have my daughter-in-law here helping. We could get a job on the local council with all of the tea break experience that we are gaining. Okay the weather is most suitable for painting but not necessarily for the painters, they need some shade and a nice long cool drink. We have the red oxide on and I will do the top coat tomorrow.

We went out last night for a curry with Brian and Liz. I worked with Brian over twenty years ago and have not seen him since. It was good to get together; you wonder where the time goes and how easy it is to lose touch.

Statistics so far:-

514.99 Miles, 404 Locks, 46 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridge, 6 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Cow Roast

April 19, 2009

We decided to move down to Cow Roast as it had better parking facilities and a slightly wider tow path, needed for our roof contents.

Last night we had a meal at the Greyhound in Aldbury with our friends Pete and Wendy, the food was excellent and we had a very enjoyable night out. I have not been doing the GRPS for some time and in fact may give it up for similar reasons as Ernie on Ten bob note. These places change all of the time and it also often depends on your mood. Having said that, if I was still doing it, I would give “The Greyhound” a GRPS of 4.0, definitely worth a visit.

We disgorged the roof contents onto the tow path and after sanding the roof down it has a nice new coat. It is a pity that we have to put things back up there. We probably have too much stuff but at the present time I cannot see how we can reduce our stuff. I could let Frances loose…that would probably do it.

Current location

Current location


Freshly painted roof

Freshly painted roof

Today we did 0.46 miles (actually it was yesterday after I posted the blog)

Statistics so far:-

514.99 Miles, 404 Locks, 46 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridge, 6 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Cow Roast, almost

April 18, 2009

Up very early this morning (for us at any rate). We reversed up through the bridge to the turning point at the Aylesbury junction and then on through the locks with Paul and Steve from Weston Lady.

They continued on and we stopped at Bulbourne to fill up with water. Frances walked back to the car and I continued on solo. I knew that there was a good chance to see Kingfishers along this stretch, particularly after the Tring station bridge so I made sure that I had the camera with me. And sure enough my luck was in as there were two along this stretch, not only that they sat still as I went past. The following pictures were of the second one using a telephoto lens, I took a photo of the first one with the standard lens and then frantically changed the lens as I drifted along hoping that there would be a second.

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

We are now moored up just before Cow Roast preparing to get down to some serious paint work.

Today we did 3.57 miles and 7 Locks

Statistics so far:-

514.53 Miles, 404 Locks, 46 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridge, 6 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Painting opportunity looming

April 17, 2009

The weather forecast over the next few days is sun, sun and sun so it will be out with the painting paraphernalia and down to some serious tarting up, we may even work on the boat as well.

We will head down towards Cow Roast first thing in the morning and then let the work begin.

Today we nipped down for a Ralphy fix and some food shopping. This is our current mooring, and quite nice it has been too.

Current location

Current location

Statistics so far:-

510.96 Miles, 397 Locks, 46 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridge, 6 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator


Pottering

April 15, 2009

Not much to blog about today, come to think of it is there ever anything any day? I have mainly bashed away on the piano and played around with the Perspex window for our hatch. Frances has been at work. I did speak briefly with my work, still waiting for funding to continue my project otherwise no work activity; it will probably start next month.

Seriously wondering about full retirement, everyone else seems to manage it alright, so why not us? I am not sure how I will cope with a full 4 hours every day again, when the work picks up. I have loved having the last couple of months off, pottering about reading and playing piano. And of course when we can get some consecutive dry days, there is always boat touch up painting.

Statistics so far:-

510.96 Miles, 397 Locks, 46 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridge, 6 Tunnels. 3 batteries!! 1 Alternator