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Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.


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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Knitting mad

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As you know if you red my ramblings, I have been crocheting like crazy ready for the Heritage Weekend. Well I have also been knitting scarves. The one in the photograph is a Boatman’s Winter Scarf. A friend gave me the pattern, she knits them for the RNLI and thought they would be easy enough for me to have a go at. Easy has to be the way to go, because the last thing I knitted was a matinee jacket for my son who is now 31 years old. That jacket took me the whole 9 months to knit. I am not good at following patterns, so this was easy for me to have a go at. I am hoping to knit a few for the stock on the boat and who knows I may even sell one or two.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Warwick Regatta.

This morning (Saturday). I needed to go to the Post Office to drop off a couple of parcels for Keith and thought I would take the opportunity to go and see some of the Warwick Regatta down on the river at St Nicholas and Myton Parks. Keith was staying on the boat as his back was a bit creaky, even though I had done my kneading job before he got out of bed.

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The Warwick Regatta, has the most amazing backdrop. The start of the races is from the base of Warwick Castle and finishes in between St. Nicholas and Myton Parks.

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The novice single skulls, was something to watch, as for many of them this was the first time they had raced in anger. The gentleman in the photograph above was racing in a wooden boat.

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He managed to get over half way, then his boat sprung a leak. He was sinking sadly. He did manage to get into the side before his boat went down and so the racing continued.

Keith rang me to let me know he was going to walk down after all to see some of the events. It would do his back some good, because keeping mobile is what is called for. Even with my Sciatica, it is far better when I am on the move.

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The Coxed fours were very good. Listening to the cox shouting his instructions was interesting.

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On the Myton Park side they had up a tent for tea’s, coffee’s cakes etc.

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Before heading to the start in front of the castle, they were held riverside.

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The lady in the photograph above was amazing. She was being guided by the gentleman in the boat with the hi-vis jacket on as she was partially sighted.

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There had a been a few close races and some which were won by a country mile, as some of the boaters had taken detours into the trees or reeds. A great event though and so pleased we made the effort to go.

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There were some interesting cloud formations over the river.

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This one looks like something shooting out of the sky.

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Having enjoyed our first Warwick Regatta, Keith was ready to walk back to the boat, where I prepared lunch, the TV went on and feet went up.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Twice in one week.

This past week has seen us going to the hospital twice. Now I should give you an update from last week. Keith went to see his Physio Fran and after a good session with her, he was putting his shoes back on whilst she got his appointment for this week ready and darn it his back went. His session was over so there was nothing that could be done Keith managed to hobble home, where I greeted him.

So now to this week. Wednesday Keith had his CT scan appointment. he had to drink some contrast drink over an hour and then was called in for his scan, which normally takes 10 to 15 minutes, but not in Keith’s case. They could not get the cannula in, despite two nurses trying, so a doctor had to be called in. Eventually they had success and his scan went ahead. After an hour he was finally done and dusted. We now have to wait for the results, which we hope will show up why he is still suffering pain under his ribs.

Today was Physio day again, after a week of struggling with his back pain, we managed to walk to the hospital. Fran got to work on Keith’s back and I was then called in to see how to do the kneading against his spine, which is supposed to help relax the muscles. I am now in charge of doing these twice a day. I feel like the nurses uniform will be making an appearance again (Not likely). Keith actually walked out of the session much better than he walked into it, so Fran his Physio was much happier with him. He goes back again in a couple of weeks, so we must try and make some progress before then.

That’s his news out of the way.

Paddy our Border Collie is clearly showing his age of late and I have noticed he is slowing up. Over the past few days he has not been eating that much, which is a bit of a worry as he is not a big eater anyway. I had thought it was due to the spell of hot weather we have had, but now I am beginning to think it is his age as he is 10 years old (70 in doggy years). Tonight he did not want his dinner at all, so I walked to Sainsbury’s to get a tin of Chappie, so see if I could get him to eat something, and blow me down when I got back he was eating his dinner slowly, but he was at least making an attempt. Eventually he ate it all, so fingers are crossed this continues, otherwise we may have to pay a visit to the vets.

Marmite is fine thankfully.

Me well, I am me and I just get on with getting on. I am seeing the community practitioner at the start of next month about my HRT, because I do feel it is not the right dosage, because the initial success, seems to have tailed off, which is disappointing, but patience is required in this matter. My sciatica keeps popping up, which is making my foot hurt, but I carry-on regardless. I have little time to be under the weather and one of us has to get on with the boat chores. I am also busy with the gardens and there are plans afoot for the coming Autumn, which I will elaborate nearer the time.

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The Arm’s Mandarin Ducks Rosie and Jim are still here which is giving everyone great joy. They seem to be very happy here and are always close by at feeding time.

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Last night George and Mildred the geese, were contemplating on whether they could move into Rosie and Jim’s old home. We are hoping to get some more ducks at some point, so the home will be used again soon we home.

I have been busy knitting boatman’s winter scarves, which is a pattern my best friend showed me how to do and I have also been crocheting more blankets with wool given to me by wonderful friends. But I always need more wool, so it your coming our way and have wool you no longer want, I will happily take it off your hands to make things with. Oh and old t-shirts are also welcome for Keith’s rag rugs. Any colour and pattern he is not fussy.

Since being here, there has not been a dull or boring moment. Of course we both miss cruising, but we had so many wonderful people come into the arm that we know. At the moment we have Christine and Richard on NB Mandalay. We also have Kathleen and Richard on NB Pea-Knuckle and Jenny, Mick on NB Trundle and Pauline and Simon on NB Lady Galadriel. Lots of chatter and catching up has been going on over the past few days and I dare say a lot more will be happening over the weekend.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Tad windy and Carrots.

Well how did you fair with ex hurricane Bertha?

We had plenty of rain and then the wind kicked in yesterday afternoon. Come 3 pm there was a heck of a bang outside, so we went to investigate, only to find our girl heading off to the other side of the Arm, which I spoke about yesterday.

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This is the nice new mooring ring we have had fitted by Ian. We hope that this one will last.

The wind blew into the evening and no further problems thankfully.

This morning we woke to sunshine and a gusty breeze. The sunshine is very welcome, the blustery showers we could do without. Before the showers, I walked Paddy and then headed off up the town to get a couple of things from Sainsbury and some size 10 needles from the Myton Hospice Charity Shop. Now I say Charity because that is what it is, but with some of the prices on their goods you would think they were a main retailer. I am pretty sure that Charity shops have gotten more and more expensive, or it may just be my imagination, or maybe I am becoming a scrooge in my mature years. Some of the Charity shop prices are silly. A top I saw and fancied from TU (Sainsbury’s) was £5.99, which to me is way to expensive for 2nd hand. So that stayed on the hanger.

Leaving us this morning were John, Caroline and Beren on NB Vanyar, NB Meanders and a stunning narrow Dutch barge Etoile du Nord.

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I know they pop in to read the blog. So it was lovely to meet you and thank you for reading my ramblings. Sadly with a brain like a sieve I have forgotten you names. Maybe you can let me know please.

Lunchtime seemed to come round quickly. Yesterday I had cooked Braising Steak and Mushrooms and so I put that into a pie case. We had potatoes, home grown beans and our home grown carrots.

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Our first picking. I just love the quirky shapes.

The sun is back out and I am in knitting mode. I am trying to knit a new pattern for a boatman’s scarf. If I pull it off I will post a photograph.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Bertha showing her teeth.

Blimey what a wet morning we have had. Bertha is reminding us that mother nature is in charge.

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Yes it really was this dark at 10 am this morning. It was lashing it down with rain. Not a good day for us or the ducks who were less than impressed with the weather.

The water level rose and the wind began to blow. We then heard a bang. Diving out of the or hobbling in Keith’s case (more on that in a mo), our bow was drifting rapidly in the wind across the arm, so it was a matter of getting a rope on and heaving her back into the side. Ian the site manager happened to be coming along and asked what the problem was. He soon had it fixed with another mooring plate and ring, to replace the rather rusty old one. Just as he was about to fit the new one the heavens opened again, so he got his second soaking of the day. His first had come with him taking the day boat out. Even in the weather this morning the people who had booked the day boat were determined to take her out and as always Ian takes them out of the arm and towards the first lock.

So mooring ring fitted, I tied us back up and left a centre line on just in case the mooring ring should pull through the soggy wood. Hopefully it will last until a proper repair can be done, as we also need some new pontoon boards which are rotten.

Back to Keith. On Friday he had his Physio’s appointment at the hospital, I did not see the point in going with him, because I have to sit in the waiting room whilst he is seen, so I stayed on the boat and cooked lunch for when he got back. His Physio went pretty well, the Physio gave him a new exercise to do to replace a couple of the old ones which were not helping his back. The Physio went off to do the paperwork for his next appointment went off whilst Keith got dressed and whilst she was gone, Keith went to put his shoes on and wam his back goes. He managed to hobble home (poor man) and is now back on his tablets and struggling a bit. he has to be fit for the coming week, because he has a CT scan and more Physio, so we will have to see how things go.  His back is a real worry, as I cannot see it ever being right again.

As for me well I am fine (Just as well one of us is). The HRT situation needs tweaking. It works to a point and I have noticed a bit of a difference, in so much as the symptoms are not as bad as they had been, but I think I need to up the dosage to get a better outcome, so I am seeing the community practitioner on the 1st September, so see where I go from here. I know for any woman reading this who is also going through the Menopause, HRT is not for everyone, but when you have suffered for 7 years and things have gotten worse, I can see no point in struggling on without help. It drives me mad that I am not my normal self and I am frustrated in more ways than one, because it does upset me, but of course I cannot show that side, because I have to keep going regardless. Anyway I will be fine, I just need to be patient.

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