New Years Eve

December 31, 2009

Another quiet day today but we did manage to get into town for a bit of shopping and to exercise the old knee. We do like Nantwich town centre a very busy pedestrian centre with no cars and good local shops. St Mary’s church dominates the centre; the church was used to hold Royalist prisoners during the civil war between the Parliamentarians and the Royalists, yet another battle location, apparently this battle only lasted for two hours and the battle is commemorated each year towards the end of January with a re-enactment called the Holly holy day. Unfortunately (did I say unfortunately) we will miss this as we will be in New Zealand.

Well that’s it for another year it only remains for me to wish you all the best for the coming year.

St Mary’s

Statistics so far:-

1102.07 Miles, 754 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 48 Lift Bridges, 10 Tunnels

A Quiet Day

December 29, 2009

Well my knee is getting better, I am still hobbling about but I can now bend it slightly and the swelling has gone down, thanks to the Deep Freeze Cold Patches that Frances got for me. Frances’s cold seems to be getting better so I think that we may have turned a corner.

One thing about this enforced inactivity is that it has given me the opportunity to catch up on my reading, I have just read Steve Haywood’s Narrowboat Dreams and interestingly as I was applying the prawns to my knee he was apply a bag of peas to his swollen ankle. A very good read although living on a narrowboat would give you a biased view of this. I have started to read Mutiny on the Bounty so I hope we don’t have any further coincidences on here.

I guess if you are going to be holed up in a boat now is the time to do it weather wise, it is wet and miserable outside with a biting wind which seems to blow through all of our vents and make it seem far colder than it actually is. In fact it seems much colder than earlier in the year when the outside temperature was -10 degrees.

We have booked a holiday batch (as NZ’ers call seaside cottages) in Christchurch while we visit our son Michael, and time seems to be quickly ticking away until the time we leave to go over there.

Post Script: The correct spelling for batch is bach, but I dont want to make a song and dance about it.

Statistics so far:-

1102.07 Miles, 754 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 48 Lift Bridges, 10 Tunnels

Prawns on the Knee

December 28, 2009

The pain in my knee has got much worse, last night it became swollen and in the absence of ice cubes I had to resort to frozen prawns as this was all we had until the ice cubes froze. I can honestly say that prawns are better than ice cubes for knee joint pain relief.

This morning my knee was no better so Frances went off into town to get some Deep Freeze patches, poor thing she is not feeling too hot herself, I guess the downside of living on a narrowboat. If this does not do anything I will be off to outpatients in the morning. I think I can trace this outbreak of housemaid’s knee to my little excursion (did I say little) under the sink and kneeling on a hard floor for ages trying to sort out the problem. Next time I must use a cushion before the knee starts to hurt.

We had planned to move off further north for a few days before settling back here at our winter moorings but it looks like we will be staying put for now. The canal partially froze over during the night and I think that it is expected to get colder towards the end of the week.

Statistics so far:-

1102.07 Miles, 754 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 48 Lift Bridges, 10 Tunnels


December 26, 2009

A very lazy Boxing day on Lazy Days, we have spent the day sitting around reading. Frances has a cold and I have a bad knee, I think I exposed my knee to a cold draught when home in Croxley and it did not help humping around the diesel and Gas cylinders the other day. So all in all a day for putting our feet up.

I took some photos of Nantwich when we arrived so here they are. I will try and get back on track with the blog ASAP but hey what do you expect with a bloated stomach and a bad knee.

Street leading into Nantwich from canal

Towards Nantwich Town centre

Church conversion?

Statistics so far:-

1102.07 Miles, 754 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 48 Lift Bridges, 10 Tunnels

Water water everywhere

December 24, 2009

I was just about to start the blog yesterday when there was a strange noise from the water pump, so off with the pans and under the sink I go for what seems like the umpteenth time. Yes there was water down there, not much but enough to give an indication that something was amiss. It turned out to be the water gauge sensor, is it worth it I ask myself. I had been worried about this if the water ever froze as it is not very securely fastened and I thought that the expanded ice would push the connector off and that is what happened. The connection consists of a bit of rubber hose and a plastic clip, the problem being that the copper pipe that it attaches to is not long enough and if you squeeze the plastic clip too much it slides off the pipe. Of course this had to be refitted by feeling about in the dark and then inspecting the job lying flat out with your head right back looking down your nose. It took half an hour by which time the blog was a distant memory and any thoughts of going off to the pub a long forgotten pleasure.

This morning the canal had sufficiently thawed out to allow us to move along to the water point and fill up with water. I also got a 13Kg gas cylinder so at least we don’t have to worry about running out of gas whilst the Christmas turkey cooks. We also needed diesel but as the canal centre was still covered in a thick layer of ice I had to make three trips with the jerry can to top up the diesel. Pump out was not an option so we will just have to keep our fingers crossed, or should that be legs.

We have all our Christmas shopping and are fully prepared for the festivities ahead.

Statistics so far:-

1102.07 Miles, 754 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 48 Lift Bridges, 10 Tunnels

An early Christmas

December 22, 2009

Yes we have been back to Croxley as our daughter Gaby and her family are going to the in-laws for Christmas, and so we thought we would go home for our early family Christmas celebration plus I had a works do’s and Frances had the dentist. When I say a works do it is from a company I used to work for up until 1994 but the group has been getting together every year since 1974/5, I have only been party to the celebrations since the early eighties, of course now not everyone works for the company any longer but we all have a good time and generally drink too much. I did discovered yet another company that has banned my blog, what is it with these companies?

Back on the boat to find that there has not been much snow here but the canal is frozen and so is our water we are slowly thawing it out and hopefully normal service will be resumed shortly. When we went away we had not anticipated the weather conditions, and it is some relief that we are now back on the boat and can deal with any problems the cold weather may bring. We think that we will need diesel, gas and a pump out over the Christmas holiday’s, the gas isn’t a problem as we can fetch that on a trolley and we could possibly manage without the diesel but the pump out could be an issue as we do not have a BW card and the canal centre is closed from mid day Christmas eve until the second of January.

Statistics so far:-

1102.07 Miles, 754 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 48 Lift Bridges, 10 Tunnels

Another move

December 15, 2009

We really liked where we were last night but decided to give Nantwich a recce so we have moved along to Nantwich. We haven’t been into town yet we will leave that until tomorrow. When we moored up we got talking to the boat behind us and boy was he disgruntled, we must have pressed some button that got him off on one. ‘ I don’t like boats and I don’t like boating’ And then we were subjected to a precise of the last ten to twelve years, basically they have the boat and it is costing them a bomb and they have no money to jump ship. I wonder if he is sitting in his boat now regretting his outburst. Anyway I think that we plan to move around until we have had enough but on the evidence so far it will be a while yet, oh and also at the rate that we move it may take us another 4 years to cover the system although at one stage it was going to take 17 years so somewhere along the line we must have sped up.

Canal Centre Nantwich

Nonworking Horse

Today we did 2.44 Mile and 2 Locks

Statistics so far:-

1102.07 Miles, 754 Locks, 74 Swing Bridges, 48 Lift Bridges, 10 Tunnels