Meeting with friends

Its been a very non boat day as I left at 9.00 to go home. We had friends visiting for lunch. I went up with all the veges left at the end of the week and made a lentil and vegetable soup and our daughter and grandson made a delicious lemon drizzle cake. There was a four year old, Albert, visiting who Ralph greeted with great excitement and they got on very well together. Albert & his Mum are home for Christmas from Australia and he was a very friendly little boy with a fantastic imagination.

Meanwhile Alan was doing a variety of maintenance jobs at home, all water and plumbing related. The water tank in the loft had been overflowing through the overflow pipe onto the drive and he had to sort out the stop cock. The sliding shower screen had stopped sliding and we decided it needed to be descaled, so he also had a go at that with white vinegar, so as we were sitting downstairs their was an increasing smell of vinegar and our eyes started watering. The upstairs loo had also become very difficult to flush. Its a remote vacuum flush and he suspects that the diaphragm may have to be replaced. We need to call at the shop that sold us the system.

After our friends had left we went off with Ralph to B & Q to get parts and a Mr Muscle limescale remover that has done a better job than the vinegar. Its great fun for a two year old in a place with such long aisles to run up and down and so many things to pick up and look at and add to the trolley. Keeps his grandparents on their toes.

Now we are back on the boat watching Watford v QPR on BBC2. We were season ticket holders at Watford for many years until we bought the boat and knew that we couldn’t keep up both. Watford are currently winning 0-2. Mind you we have so often seen them well ahead at half time only to draw, or worse lose. And there are two ex Watford star players in the QPR side, Helgusson and Tommy Smith, so that makes life interesting.

Statistics so far:-

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

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