*****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.

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Hold Finished.

Hello Dear Friends and Followers.

Another week is drawing to a close and another step closer to the C word.
I have days when I have a job in mind and no matter what I am determined to do it and today was one of those days. I was determined to get the hold finished this morning and so at 9 am having done all the jobs on and off the boat, we set about finishing the hold.
Keith got on with lagging the water pipe as I cleaned and scrapped the base plate. Once scrapped off, I hoovered.
I then had the job of brushing used engine oil over the base plate, this will help to stop rusting. Fortunately the base plate is in really good condition and it will most certainly outlive us, especially as it is 15mm thick. Once I had oil coated two sections we could put the shutts back down.
We worked our way towards the bow, clearly one shutt at a time, oiling and replacing the shutts, it worked like a dream.
By lunchtime, we had the job done. We are all ready to go and collect bricks which will go under the shutts as ballast. We are hopeful to get underway on Wednesday all being well.
Lunchtime was a chance to sit down and enjoy another portion of the cottage pie I made yesterday. My Sciatic nerve has been complaining about the work we have done in the hold, so I will give it a rest for a day or two, so I am fit for moving on Wednesday.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Such a wonderful book.

Hello Dear Friends and Followers.

I have had one of those days, when you have so much to do, but cannot be bothered to do any of it. Today was food shop day, so Keith went off early to catch the bus to Aldi to get the weekly shop, so whilst he was gone, I got on and made a cottage pie for lunch. It is big enough to last for 3 days. I love eating things a couple of days after they have been made, because the flavours are so much better. So cottage pie made and cooking, it was time to tackle the boat jobs and first on the list was the bathroom. Now the bathroom may only be two foot by four feet, but it still needs cleaning. I like to get into all the nooks and crannies. Bathroom tackled and conquered in double quick time. Next it was onto the saloon floor, which looked a little like a muddy pool, what with the dogs foot prints and ours because of the wet weather, thankfully we have laminated flooring, so it is wipe clean.
10.30 am ish, Keith was back with the shopping and I had the job of unpacking the contents of his rucksack and trolley, whilst doing this I made him a coffee and kept an eye on the cooking cottage pie.
Lunchtime came and went and so did some of the scrummy cottage pie. We then decided we needed to sort out a leak on our sheeting. We noticed water running down the wall in the hold, where I took the shutts up. The only place it could be coming from was the sheeting, so to have a look we pushed the boat to the pontoon opposite our boat, which is empty at the moment. Yep we had found the problem. The wood which was between the sheeting and the steel work had rotted and so was letting in the rain. Now it is not a good time of year to be taking the sheeting off and sorting the timber out, so for now we have filled the gap with sealant and hope this will hold until next Spring, when we will have to replace the rotten timber. Sealant sorted and holes plugged, we pushed the boat back onto our mooring.
Back on the boat for a coffee, this was the scene that I found in the saloon.
Marmite has decided that she wants to read 'A Street Cat Named Bob' by James Bowen. I have started reading it, but it looks like I may have to fight Marmite for it now. Or we could just share it.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Hold clearing day.

Hello Dear Friends and Followers.

So how did you fare against Storm Aileen?
I was woken up by one of our outdoor chairs blowing over, but that was it. I feel like I have so little to moan about when you see what is happening in the Caribbean and the USA. I can only imagine the suffering those poor people are going through right now.

This morning with all the usual morning things done, it was hold day today. Because we stopped transporting and selling coal last year, we have sort of filled some of the hold with junk and boxes and today we had to sort it out, so we could start on the work to turn our hold into a model railway room. Yes we are having a model railway running around our hold. The layout is going to be called Hadarford and yes it will have a canal scene, so if you wish to watch the progress, please go to Keith's blog.
We started preparatory work for the building of Keith's model railway room in the hold. First we ploughed our way through the rubbish, which meant be ruthless, what we did not need or want, went in the bins, then moved everything as far forward as possible, which allowed us access and remove the first two rows of shutts (floorboards) from the bulkhead at the saloon end of the hold.
The state of the base plate looks worse than it actually was. It is in better condition than we thought it might be.
I set about scraping and removing the loose bits. I then used a wire brush on Keith's drill to move more stubborn bit of rush and coal dust. I had expected there to be a lot more coal dust under the shutts, but there was very little. Whilst I hoovered up and painted the base of the walls, Keith went to Screwfix to by some lagging for the water pipe which runs along the floor.
It is already for oiling tomorrow morning, then we can do under the next 2 shutts. When Keith got back from Screwfix, he got on with lagging the pipe. Hopefully this will stop the condensation which appears to have been happening.
It is so nice to have made the start and I am hoping the rest of the hold will be much easier, we will find out tomorrow.
As the afternoon drew into the evening, I went out and did some strimming and hedge trimming. Everything seems to be growing like crazy with this funny old weather we have at the moment. I can see I am going to have to get out in the garden and pull a few weeds up and then there is the cutting back to do, now that we are into Autumn.
It is 8 pm and it is now dark, arghhhh I am not a lover of the nights drawing in.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Fun Weekend and Anniversary.

Hello Dear Friends and Followers.

Wow what a busy time I have had. The 9th and 10th September loomed and even though I was totally ready for it, the weather was not what we wanted.
Friday was set up day, so it was all hands on deck so to speak, to get the gazebos up and the stalls sorted out for those joining us on the Saturday morning. My last job of the day was to hang the bunting, which I did with the help of Keith.
Saturday morning and it was rather grey out, but fingers were tightly crossed that we would get through most of the day without getting wet.
I set up my stall, I was so pleased with my new card holders.
I laid out the blankets I had made and with the laying down of the last blanket the sun popped out. Would this be a sign of the day to come I wondered.
The other crafters set up their stalls in the Cedar Room and then it was a matter of waiting for the public to arrive.
In the gazebo with me was Sooz who does face painting. Now in all the years I have been on this earth, I have never had any face painting done, so I decided to give it a go.
I was so pleased with the outcome. I had one done on the Sunday as well.
People began to arrive, which was a promising sign. But then the weather took a turn for the worst as the morning drifted into the afternoon, rain began to fall and fall some more, getting heavier. The inside wall of the gazebo looked like a waterfall for a while. Eventually the rain stopped and once again people drifted into the Arm, but we did not get the numbers we had hoped for. I was actually happy with how I did on the day, because I sold a blanket, cards and some of my dishcloths. Everyone on site had a good day despite the weather.

Sunday dawned, with the sun coming out.
We had a couple of new stall holders, one of them being the Greyhound Trust, with their gorgeous doggies.
Off the Beat'n Track Samba Band from Coventry had a wonderful time out on Saltie II our day boat.
The weather was much kinder to us on the day and we did have more people through the gate.
The Glass Barge with Pam and Andy had a good weekend, which was so nice, because it was the first time they had been to our event. They make such amazing things. I was treated to a heart shaped necklace for my Wedding Anniversary, which you will hear about.
After a much better day, we began packing things up at 4 pm and it was then the rain decided to pay us another visit. By the time I took the bunting down I was soaked through. Thankfully we had managed to get all the gazebos down before the rain came, which was a phew moment, because wet gazebos are not a nice thing to pack away.

So with the weekend event out of the way, we could all breathe again until next year. It was a huge well done to everyone who helped out.

Monday and Keith and I were celebrating Thirteen years of wedded bliss. Wow where did those Thirteen years go?
Now we do not buy presents for each other, we choose to go out for a meal instead, well that is what I thought. Keith had other ideas though. Our evening was spent in Warwick at Chopsticks Chinese Restaurant down Swan Street. It opens at 5 pm, so we thought we would leave just before then to walk to the restaurant, the only problem was it was absolutely throwing it down with rain. But needs must, we donned our wet coats and set off for Swan Street. By the time we arrived at our destination we looked a little like drowned rats. We were shown to a table and given the menu's for the wine and food. Between us we chose a bottle of Rose Wine, which was really lovely. The menu was excellent and the food was the same. Both Keith and I love Chinese food and this was excellent food, to the highest standard.
The restaurant is a buffet with a difference, because it is cooked to order.
Whilst eating our meal, Keith produced a piece of lace and inside the lace was a heart necklace from The Glass Barge. I was so very pleased with my present, but did feel rather guilty that I had failed to get him anything. I did try to find something, but what do you get a man who has everything? Anyway he has an important birthday coming up, so I will make an effort for that. We had a fantastic meal and can totally recommend Chopsticks in Warwick. Our walk home was thankfully in the dry.

Pop back again sometime x

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Cards all done.


Hello Dear Friends and Followers.

A stunner of a morning with the mist on the water, but there is a definite Autumnal chill in the air, so much so the OH has got his fleece on this morning. I am still in my shirt sleeves as I do not feel the cold like he does. But if it carries on like this, we will be lighting the fire. So here we are at the end of August and according to the meteorologists it is the end of Summer as they know it. It is a scary thought that we and the shops are on the countdown to the C word (Christmas). Shops are already showing Christmas cards and stock, this annoys the hell out of me, because I do not think anything to do with Christmas should be on the shelves before December 1st. But that is just my opinion.

Anyway enough of Christmas, this morning I finally finished off my cards and sorted them into their groups. I have got a good selection I think now and therefore hope they will be liked at the Heritage Weekend.


These are my Winter collection.


Nothing nicer than snow.


Hoping these will be bought as Christmas Cards. Yeah I know I said nothing should be seen until December 1st, but needs must.



Birds, Beasties and others.


All things boats.




I am really pleased with my efforts. All photographs were taken by me and all cards were made by myself as well, so I am seriously chuffed.

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