Canal doldrums

May 18, 2009

We are in the doldrums again, I didn’t realise that you could become becalmed on a narrowboat on the canal. It is usually of our own making, this time we are waiting to refit the lounge area. We will be visiting Wilson of Kinver at the Crick show next weekend to try out their chairs. We have found a suitable chair from Furniture Workshop to compare them with. Any other sources would be appreciated.

There has been a steady stream of boats coming up from the Rickmansworth festival today, it only adds to our feeling of itch feet.

Statistics so far:-

529.08 Miles, 438 Locks, 47 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridges, 6 Tunnels.


Yet another Lazy Sunday

May 17, 2009

Another late start, we spent most of the morning lazing about and reading yesterdays papers. We had a visit from a new family of swans so I thought I may as well take a photo of them

Swan Family

Swan Family

We had an early lunch and I got the bikes off the carrier and we then went off down Ebury Way, an old disused railway track that has been converted into a walk and cycle way joining Rickmansworth with Watford. Of course the path was littered with Geocaches which we duly completed, well except for one which we will have to go back for.

When we set off we were passed by a very large number of Jewish children on a sponsored walk. When I say large I am talking about 750, that’s a lot of visitors along the towpath, they came along in batches of twenty or so with a couple of adults accompanying them.

We hadn’t cycled a mile before I had a puncture, so much for armadillo reinforced tyres. I repaired the punctures, a thorn through top and bottom and we continued on our way with light rain with the occasional bright spell, not bad for a Rickmansworth festival weekend.

Statistics so far:-

529.08 Miles, 438 Locks, 47 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridges, 6 Tunnels.


Rickmansworth festival

May 16, 2009

We had a fairly leisurely start to the day today, after all it is the weekend, who can tell? We did our shop and then walked over to Rickmansworth for the canal festival. Plenty of interesting things to see, the music was great and it is so nice to see all the boats. How lucky we are to be living on our own boats.

We met up with Jo and Keith from Hadar, they were watching the narrow boat tug of war from the top of their boat when we walked up, so I managed to get a photo of them in their traditional outfits. It is very nice to meet up with fellow bloggers.

Jo and Keith from Hadar

Jo and Keith from Hadar

We then met up with our daughter and son in law and as we were listening to some more live music when up popped Paul and Steve from Weston Lady. We then made our way over to the Feathers for the inevitable couple of drinks.

The promised heavy rain did not materialise, I am not sure what is going on with the weather forecast but let’s be thankful for small mercies and no rainfall for the Rickmansworth festival.

Statistics so far:-

529.08 Miles, 438 Locks, 47 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridges, 6 Tunnels.


Lounge layout

May 15, 2009

I have drawn up the layout of the lounge area, the chairs seem very large for the area and the TV/DVD viewing angle seems awkward, oh the philistines what ever happened to the high minded book readers of yesteryear? Anyway I guess it is no different to how we have it now only more comfortable. I like the layout of ‘No Problem’ unfortunately with our style of boat we cannot locate the TV on the wall it has to be at the end. We could always get rid of the TV, now there’s a thought.

Statistics so far:-

529.08 Miles, 438 Locks, 47 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridges, 6 Tunnels.


Croxley Paper

May 14, 2009

Well the house decorating is almost complete, well this session at any rate. I know boaters are always going on about their toilet facilities, well this boater does, (hey that’s a first I called myself a boater). But our upstairs toilet (at home not on the boat) has sprung a leak from the cistern, so another job for me to look at.

We have begun to emptied the sofa storage space so that it can be dismantled to make way for the comfy chairs. I need to draw up some sort of design to see how we can do the layout. We will be visiting Crick to look at the boats to get ideas and also to try out some chairs. We never seem to have the time to look at these things; I don’t know how we managed when we had full time jobs.

We will be off to the Ricmansworth festival at the weekend, I cannot remember a time it didn’t rain at one of these affairs and this one looks like no exception. The heavy forecast for today hasn’t materialised so you never know.

The title, Croxley was the home of Croxley paper and we first came here on the canal when the mill or at least the wharf was in existence 35 years ago, it is all canal side houses now.


Croxley by Gad

May 13, 2009

The boat may have stayed still but I certainly haven’t, I have been up and down to our house in Croxley 3 times today. Gaby came down first thing, I think it was to ensure that we made an early start. So I went back up with her and did a little sanding before beginning my job proper, i.e. entertaining Ralph. Anyway to cut to the quick he was playing up so I walked back to the boat with him, by the time we got down here he was asleep so I snuck in some quality reading time before I too joined him in a portion of 40 winks.
When we awoke I discovered his soft cuddly toy had disappeared so we set off retracing our steps, no toy. I abandoned him to his mother and had another go still no little wolfy. So that is 6 miles plus the constant attentions of an 8 month jiggler, I am absolutely exhausted, is this becoming a habit?

Our current moorings, note the new paintwork.

Current mooring

Current mooring

Statistics so far:-

529.08 Miles, 438 Locks, 47 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridges, 6 Tunnels.


Croxley by boat

May 12, 2009

Yes we are in Croxley, but this time we brought the boat.

Frances woke up at 5.30 AM, apparently. I was not there I was still in the land of nod. As it was we did set off this morning before 7, we needed to get down to Croxley by midday so that the DIY and baby sitting task force could offer some much needed support at Manor Way.

I only managed to take a couple of pictures on the way as I think I may have been sleep walking or the narrowboat equivalent of.

Modern footbridge Apsley

Modern footbridge Apsley

Old footbridge Apsley

Old footbridge Apsley

About halfway down we met up with Martin and Janet and completed the days travel with them, it is definitely much easier when sharing the locks.

We pumped out at the Bridgewater basin and then reversed back to our current location near the overhead underground line. Gaby turned up with Ralph as we were completing our task, so Ralph had his first trip on a narrowboat albeit in reverse, as he has only mastered crawling in reverse it seemed appropriate.

We have just recovered the car from Apsley after an exhausting afternoon of painting and entertaining Ralph (my task).

I think that we will sleep well tonight.

Today we did 6.52 miles and 14 Locks

Statistics so far:-

529.08 Miles, 438 Locks, 47 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridges, 6 Tunnels.


Grandad duties

May 11, 2009

Bright and early start today, but not to go boating. I came home to look after Ralph and help Gaby with the decorating. Frances stayed on the boat working, it’s a hard life. We are loving being Grandparents.
The pumpout light has come on so we will be heading south to get to Croxley, meanwhile legs crossed we hold on for then. I think some would think that narrowboaters are obsessed with their toilet facilities, and you know I think they would be correct.

We intend to make a very early start tomorrow so as to get down at least to Hunton Bridge, time will tell, it is funny how a little sleep distorts the thought patterns.

Statistics so far:-

522.56 Miles, 424 Locks, 47 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridges, 6 Tunnels.


Apsley

May 10, 2009

Wow great distances and a large number of locks travelled today. We came down with Martin and Janet from Little Mel, they stopped just below Winkwell but we pressed on to Apsley as the coverage was not particularly good for Frances and she has work to do tomorrow, we are now moored up at Apsley and have 3G so we are staying put.

The journey through Berkhamsted is very picturesque and it would have been very tempting to stop at one of the inviting hostelries along the way, if it wasn’t for the fact that they were not yet open. Not yet open what were we doing up at so early a time. Who knows I was still not fully awake.

Leaving Berkhamsted

Leaving Berkhamsted

The car is at Winkwell so we are just about to head on back there for a pleasant walk along the canal taking in the late afternoon sunshine. Bliss.

Today we did 5.1Miles, 13 Locks and 1 Swing Bridge

Statistics so far:-

522.56 Miles, 424 Locks, 47 Swing Bridges, 27 Lift Bridges, 6 Tunnels.


Berkhamsted

May 9, 2009

We had a brilliant day today, we needed to get back to Cowroast to pick up the car so we decided to do some Geocaching on the way there. There were a couple of multi-caches which turned out to be right crackers. We also managed to catch up with Paul and Steve from Weston Lady and have arranged to meet them later in the month. We also met up with Richard from Hadrian in the marina, he made our top box, which has been a big success with us.

Last night we had drinks at the Lamb with Martin and Janet from Little Mel and have agreed to go down through the locks to Winkwell tomorrow.

We are now in Croxley having tea with Gaby so a nice end to the day.