Ara and Archimedes

We were promised snow for today and sure enough there was a dusting this morning, but we are really frauds in the snowed in department compared with the rest of the country. By the time we walked to home around 9.30 the paths had thawed and although we took the sledge up there really wasn’t enough snow to use it. Alan and Ralph did manage to scrape together a reasonable snowman though.

I stayed at home to help with the Christmas cake making and Alan came back to await the arrival of Ara and Archimedes, the diesel boats. They turned up just about when they said they would just before 2.00 which is pretty good going from Hemel Hempstead considering the ice and that they would have had customers to attend to. Alan also bought a gas cylinder. They said that they go backwards and forwards between Apsley and London once a week. We will therefore be very well served down here as there is also the Bridgewater marina below the lock, and we have always found them excellent as well.

The other benefit of being near home is being able to use the car for shopping and we stocked up at Tesco. I had saved Clubcard vouchers and we doubled them and stocked up with wine and champagne: now we have to make sure we don’t drink it all at once.

Another friend has just heard today that her public service job is being “deleted”; her husband’s went as soon as the Conservatives came in. That’s a dreadful blow just before Christmas.

Statistics so far:-

2141.60 Miles, 1209 Locks, 120 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 36 Tunnels

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