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.
I hope you will join me in my rambles and do please comment – I love to hear from and meet new people in blogland!
Friday, 19 July 2019
Hooray it has been raining pretty much all day. The garden, the reservoirs and the canals are thankful for a drenching. Of course it will not last, as we are heading for temperatures into the high Twenties next week, but at least it is a start.
Inbetween rubbing down and painting, I cooked Spagetti Bolognaise for lunch and did a large Whites wash, which included all the back cabin lace, curtains and cushions. I have a feeling we may need sun glasses to sit in the back cabin when it is finished :-).
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Tuesday, 16 July 2019
The weather has been warm to even hot, but I have kept on with the painting in the engine room.
I have been doing other things. I have tidied the hold, ready to put coal onboard for our next trip out, which will take us into the Winter, so we need coal onboard.
We stripped off our hold ropes and I washed them all. They had not been washed for a few years, which meant they were dirty and stiff. They are now almost white and nice and flexible again.
There is never a dull moment, when it comes to getting jobs done. We will be heading out again in August, so all the boat jobs need to be done before we leave our mooring.
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Saturday, 13 July 2019
Being back home on our mooring, has meant we have been especially busy with boat jobs and shopping. Having done our fenders, laundry and opening the copious amounts of post, it was time to get serious.
For the past couple of years, I have been wanting to repaint our engine room, but with us having both Paddy and Marmite, it was a bit of a logistical nightmare. Pets and paint really do not go well together, especially when you have a dog with a fluffy coat and a cat which likes to get into everything. But since we lost the pair of them last year sadly, it now means I have no excuse. I can now get on with the engine room paintwork. The first job was to strip everything out and rub everything down.
Yesterday I Keith's drill, with a wire brish attachment, to get rid of the rust and loose paint off the engine room floor, before applying a coat of Red Oxide.
Whilst all this work was taking place, we noticed Wasps flying in and out of one of our bunkers. Last year we had a nest in the very same bunker and suspected we had the same again. I opened the door to be met with several Wasps. None of them were angry, but they were curious. I needed to get into the bunker to get to some paint and a tarpolin which we needed. I actually pulled part of the nest away from the wall, this did not please the Wasps, so we left well alone for a while, before closing the door.
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Monday, 8 July 2019
Saturday, 6 July 2019
Yesterday (Friday) the day started so well in the early morning sunshine and then all the plonkers, pillocks and plebs come out to play on the canals, it is July after all and the sun is shining. I really do wonder why some people are on boats and who told them it was a good idea to moor on the outside of bends and up close and personal to bridge 'oles?
I am a tolerant person normally, but I really do get exasperated, when people do stupid things, which take no one else into consideration and then they complain when something happens to their boat. One such person had a sign in their window about passing on tick over, which we always do. He then thought shouting at us to slow down was appropriate. If he had tied his mooring lines tight, instead of allowing them to hang in the water, his boat would not have moved. Anyway after a day of cruising in the heat, we moored up at the Blue Lias, where we sat enjoying a pint, having done 13.6 miles 11 locks.
Today (Saturday). Very short trip this morning, which took us all of 35 mins!
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