Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Sunday, 26 June 2016
I had a late start today, as wel slept in till 8 am, which is unheard of on board, but I guess we both needed the sleep. Having taken Paddy for his walk, then fed him and Marmite, Keith made us Poached Eggs on Toast for our breakfast. I then got on with a second coat of Black Tile paint on the tiles behind the stove.
I then got Keith to use his wire brush on his drill to clean the flue up before giving it a coat of paint.
Whilst all the paintwork dried, it gave me another chance to do some more gardening. Keith tackled his fruit bush area, whilst I got on with the rest.
We have done a couple of days of gardening and already there is a huge difference.
The biggest problem is bindweed. It comes out of the hedgerow and covers everything. With that and the Blackberries, it has kept me busy with Keith helping.
I put some straw around the Strawberries. Sadly we have lost a few, whilst we have been away, but hopefully we will get a few more over the coming weeks.
Herb patch is looking good, although the Sage had died, so I need to get another one.
Room to start digging soon.
The garden is now getting there and we do have some wildlife living in it.
The bug log which Keith made, seems to have something now living in it. They could be solitary bees, but I have not seen anything yet, so cannot tell.
I have had a lovely day nattering with our new neighbour Maria, who we know very well and just getting back into the swing of things being home.
Saturday, 25 June 2016
We have been home for a couple of days now and we are almost settled back in.
Our trip this year took 14 weeks 6 days, we travelled 454.7 miles, passed through 305 locks in 230 hours, oh and we must not forget the numerous lift and swing bridges.
Yesterday I made a start on our garden and have so far cleared half the weeds, ready to start the digging.
Today has been spent working indoors. We took the flue off the saloon stove and put it out on the decking. Keith took our saloon stove out and I helped lift it out of the way. Whilst Keith went off to buy a spanner, from our local DIY shop Torrys, I got on with the preparation of the tiles and walls, ready for painting. I painted the tiles behind the stove first. They were cream, but they are now becoming black. I need to do a second coat tomorrow. I then turned my attention to the walls, which I have painted in Moonlight White, which will brighten things up nicely. I had hoped to do the flue as well, but the heavens opened and the thunder clapped, so there will be no painting outside today.
Jobs done and lunch eaten, it was time to settle down to an afternoon of football with a coffee and a packet of sweets.
Thursday, 23 June 2016
Short trip from Radford Semele to Leamington Spa, where we went for a celebratory lunch (to celebrate having had a great trip) at our favourite Chinese Buffet.
We then moved an even shorter distance to moor outside Morrison's, but went shopping at Aldi. I put the shopping away whilst we moved on to get home.
Then we set off on our final leg to our home mooring in the Saltisford Arm. As much as we both have had a great time this year, it is nice to be back home. The garden is a jungle, so I will be busy getting that sorted out. Lots of jobs to do on the boat as well.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
The weather was at least kind.
Love the trees at All Oaks Wood.
Hillmorton Locks where a lock keeper was on duty.
We made a short stop at Midland Chandlers in Braunston to pick up the items we have had a list of for the past year, so we can get jobs done when we get home.
We left Braunston, where the Historic boat rally takes place this coming weekend.
Our overnight mooring was just short of Napton Junction.
This morning we left at 8.25 am to turn towards Warwick and to do the locks.
The weather was a bit indifferent, with drizzle falling off and on.
The drizzle actually proved to be refreshing as I began the locks. Calcutt Locks and we met two boats going down ahead of us, we also had an empty pound, so we had to let water down so they could move. Both boats turned in to Calcutt marina and we were on our own. We arrived at Stockton Locks, there was an Anglo Welsh hire boat on the lock mooring. The gentlemen on board were having their breakfast as you do, but NOT on a lick mooring. So I told Keith to run alongside them and I would step across their boat. No one on that boat came and asked what was going on or sorry we are in the way. With no other boat insight, I worked down the first lock. We were just going into lock 2 and I spotted a boat behind us, so went and let them know that we would wait for them. The gentleman was less than pleased about the hire boat, so he went and had a polite word and was told “we will move in a minute”, which they did. We did the Stockton Locks with Wild Rose, before they stopped for water at The Blue Lias. We were then on our own with all the locks still against us, due to paired boats ahead of us.
We arrived at Radford Semele at 3.05 pm after a long slog.