*****Is going there and back to see how far it is.*****

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!

Life on the cut through my eyes.

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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Making the most of the weather.

Hi Folks.

Yesterday we had thought of going out, but with England playing Australia in the Rugby World Cup. We decided to hang fire and stay on the mooring to watch the match. Not much to say about the outcome really. England lost and are out the Rugby World Cup end of. The press of course are making a huge thing about it, but at the end of the day it is just a game.

So this morning we decided to go out for the day on the boat up to Radford Semele. The Autumn sunshine was lovely and warm on my face and the sight of the Autumn colours really put a smile on my face.


It felt more like a Summers day.


The only give away really was the changing of the leaves on the hedgerows and trees.



Really strange shaped boat at the bottom of the Cape of Good Hope locks.


More stunning colours.


We had a quiet journey to Radford Semele, where we winded at what is now a very shallow winding hole, so it took us a few goes at getting round.


We moored up for lunch, which was a Casserole and Dumplings, which went down nicely.


After our lovely lunch we set off back to our mooring, with the sunshine still warming us.


Back up through the Cape Locks and then back home.

Coming home really makes me appreciate out lovely mooring, because we have the peace and quiet here. It was so evident on our trip out today that the towpaths are no longer quiet places, where you can moor up and enjoy being outside. There were to many cyclists racing along the towpath, they were coming into contact with walkers and dogs, which cause their own problems. It was chaos out there and so our mooring is an oasis from the world.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Last of the big spenders.

Hi Folks.

I have had the best of days.

It all began in bed at 7am this morning….. Oi get your mind out of the gutter Smile.

In bed at 7am we were discussing what we were going to do for the day, and the suggestion was going out for the day whilst the weather was so nice. Next decision was where were we going. Coventry, Stratford-upon-Avon or go mad and catch the train into Birmingham. We opted for the train into Birmingham.

We walked up to Warwick Parkway and paid £13.90 for the both of us return and within second of arriving on the platform the train arrived. We had a lovely journey in to Moor Street Station.


I love going on trains.


We arrived in Birmingham at Moor Street Station which lies behind Selfridges. The station was opened in 1909 and still has many of its existing beauty.


Station entrance.


Now a cafe.


Lovely platforms.

We left the station and walked into the city.


Birmingham is a magnificent city with its vibrant atmosphere.


The brand new library is stunning.


Of curse we could not go to Birmingham without being by the canal. We actually sat and had a cup of tea at Gas Street Basin, which was so quiet.


Perfect day for a walk.


Nothing was stirring, not even the water.


At the Mail Box which is home to the BBC.


Keith enjoying the view.




The Cube’s sculpture Gerda, created by artist Temper. Gerda was born into a Jewish family in Vienna, Austria in 1919. At her mother’s insistence she escaped Vienna and, after trekking across Europe, arrived in England as a stowaway. Her mother, meanwhile, remained in Vienna and was sent to Auschwitz. Gerda went on to make a life for herself in England. She worked for the Auxiliary Territorial Service as a medical orderly and was awarded 2 service medals.


The Lovely People sculpture of Gerda can be found on level 6 of The Cube, next to the Adee Phelan hair salon. Her story, along with the stories of the remaining six The Lovely People sculptures can be read on the large plaque on entry to The Cube on level 6, opposite The Club and Spa. They make you think.


Lunch was eaten at The Big Wok our favourite place to eat in the Chinese Quarter.

The title of this post is because the only things we came back with were some White Card and 2016 calendar, which we bought from the indoor market and I then went to Primark and bought a pair of Winter PJ’s and some socks. I am not a big spender on anything, I can never see the point. The calendar was only 75p, and yet I have seen the same calendar in Warwick for £1.50, so it was a no brainer to buy it today. I also do not see any point on spending a lot of money of PJ’s.

All in all we had a fabulous time and look forward to going back to Birmingham by boat some time soon.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Endoscopy and fellow bloggers.

Hi friends.

Well what can I say about having an Endoscopy?
Last Friday I went for my Endoscopy.
I can say ecky thump, because it was not as easy as I thought. I was going to be brave and try and have the procedure with just the throat spray. So there I was sitting in the waiting room to be called. Once called I was lead into the treatment room and asked to sit on the bed. The Doctor then sprayed the back of my throat with something which tasted like Fish and Banana's mixed together. Within seconds the back of my throat was feeling numb, which was going to prove a blessing. I was asked to lay on my left side and a guard was placed in my mouth. The guard had a hole in the middle, which the camera would be passed through. They put a guard in so you do not bite on the camera, which is a very expensive piece of equipment. At this point I caught a glimpse at the actually camera and I could not help but think "How the hell is that thing going down my throat, it looked huge. Having been given some reassuring words from the Nurse and Doctor, it was on with the procedure. Immediately I started retching, which was not at all pleasant. I was so close to giving up and going for the sedation, but the Doctor asked me to give it one more go and hey presto it worked, finally the camera was having a nose down in my stomach. I could not see anything, which was a bit of a shame. In no time at all it was all over the I was sitting up being told that he had found nothing. So no Hiatus Hernia, Cancer or Ulcer, which of course is fantastic news.
Keith and Jacky came and collected me and I was home on the boat with a throat which felt like it had been battered. This feeling lasted a couple of days and then I was fine.
I have been back to see the GP and he is now looking into a bacterial infection in my stomach lining, which can cause similar symptoms, so we will see what happens. If this comes up negative, then I will be sent for a scan. The mystery goes on. The one thing I am doing at the moment is cutting out Coffee, Tea, Spices and cutting down on Dairy products, these things and refined Sugar can apparently aggravate the stomach if it is a bacterial infection. I am willing to give it a go and see what happens.

Over the past few days I have not done much, just the usual washing, cooking, cleaning and watching the Rugby. Today Wednesday 30th, I spent much of the day digging the Arms gardens to keep the weeds down to a minimum. Jobs completed it was back to the boat for a cup of boiled water and a sit down. It was then our bell rang and standing there was a lovely gentleman. Chris had come looking for his wife Jennie who reads our blogs. Jennie had not made it to us and I was looking very puzzled, because I had never had the pleasure of meeting them before. After a quick chat Chris left to find Jennie and within minutes they came back together with their absolutely adorable Collie Monty. Jennie and Chris own Narrowboat Tentatrice and are good friends with other bloggers we know, Jacqueline and Les on Narrowboat Valerie and Jan, Tom on Narrowboat Waiourou and Sue and Vic on Narrowboat No Problem. It was lovely to meet them both and Monty. Sadly because I had a meeting to go to we could not have a proper get together, but hopefully that can happen again another time, when we can have a proper natter over a cuppa or something stronger.

If any of you boaters out there are still looking for winter moorings, we have a few NON-residential spaces left in the Saltisford Arm, Warwick. Its a brilliant place to leave your boat for the winter - we have a full CCTV system here, and the site is fully locked up at night surely making it the safest place to leave your boat. Its also five minutes walk from the station and on a main bus route, plus we have shops a five minutes walk away in the beautiful town. Please email Jacky at saltisfordarm@btconnect.com for details.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Cracking day for a walk.

With October fast approaching and Autumn with us, it is wonderful that we are having a glorious spell of weather and so Keith and I decided to head out for a walk this morning. We wanted to make the most of the wonderful light and with it being a Sunday it was quiet first thing.

Firstly we walked down to Warwick Castle and took some photographs with not a cloud in the sky.


Warwick Castle looking stunning in the early morning sunshine.


We crossed over the road to look across St. Nicholas Park

St Nicholas Meadow was acquired by Warwick Borough Council and the formal gardens and the Children’s Corner were opened in the 1930s.


The boats were not open as it was so early, but the reflections were lovely.


The park was bathed in sunshine and with Autumn now upon us the trees are showing their colours.


The Fun Park was not open, it does not open until 10 am so we were a bit early.



The River Avon looked inviting. There were fishermen out and the ducks were definitely hoping we were going to feed them.


There were a couple of groups of people working out with a personal trainer. It was way to much like hard work just watching them.


A glimpse of one of the towers at Warwick Castle peeking through the trees in the park.


Keith busy with his camera.


It was so nice to be out walking. Both Keith and I have not done much walking of late and this morning it was just perfect.


The gardens in the park are still looking beautiful.

After our fabulous stroll, we headed back towards the town.



Warwick welcomes the Japanese Rugby Team who are training at Warwick School.

We stopped off at The Tuckery for a cup of tea and sat out in the sunshine.


Whilst we enjoyed our cuppa and a sit down, a local riding school rode their horses through the town. Apparently they do it every Sunday.

We had enjoyed a lovely morning out and about. The rest of the day was spent watching the World Cup Rugby.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Hair dressers.

Beautiful day for a walk.

Keith​ and I walked around Warwick, partly for the walk and partly because I was on a mission to find a hairdresser who would not rip me off.
I only ever have a dry trim to the ends of my long hair and I was interested to see what each hairdresser charges. It ranges from £12 to £27.
At one hairdressers I could have my fringe trimmed for £3, but to have the back trimmed that would coat a further £15.
Another said I would need to negotiate with the stylist about having a dry trim. Odd I am going for a hair trim not to negotiate what should be done.
The strangest one was it was it was either £25 or £30 depending on stylist for a wet cut, with a 25% discount for a dry trim.
The reason I have a dry trim is because I am allergic to many shampoo's.
The further out of town I got the more expensive they got, which again is a little odd. I would have thought it would have been the other way around, because center of town rentals are higher. Anyway I enjoyed the walk and my bit of research and I will leave you to decide who I will be going to for a trim :-)

On our return to the boat, we let Marmite out on her lead and Paddy out to run on the pontoon.
Marmite found her spot for the day and that was on our new bench. Just to make sure she was comfortable, I put an old crochet blanket down for her.

With the Rugby World Cup being on, I know what I am doing for the rest of the day. 


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