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!
Monday, 29 October 2018
What did you do with your Sunday?
I ask this question, because normally if we are out cruising we do not move, it is just our policy. Now we are at home on our mooring, that policy does not apply, so yesterday, I went out cruising.
All in all we had a brilliant day. We arrived home at 5.35 pm and I spent the rest of the evening with my feet up and a coffee in my hand.
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Saturday, 27 October 2018
Brrrrr I do not know about you, but I certainly felt the nip in the air today. It was reported that some place actually had snow. Sadly it did not reach us. We began the day with a frost and ended it with rain.
I have spent the past couple of days doing laundry. Finally today I did the last of the laundry. I had put it out on the washing line, but after a couple of hours rain was in the air, so I hung it in the engine room and back cabin to finish drying.
After a few hours out on the line he was still not dry, which meant he had to go from the cold of the washing line to the warmth of the tumble drier.
Well here we are almost at the end of October. The clocks go back tonight remember. November is almost here and that means Firework night. Paddy will not be bothered by the fireworks because he is deaf now and cannot hear them. Remember to keep your pets in on Bonfire night and if you have a bonfire, check it for Hedgehogs before lighting it. I guess we are on the countdown to the festive season and everything that goes with it.
Where did this year go?
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Friday, 26 October 2018
Back on our home mooring and the jobs to be done, were started on today. We woke at 7 am and had a cuppa in bed whilst watching the morning news. It saddens me that these days there is hardly any good news to be had.
Once up, I took Paddy for his first walk of the day. My list for the day was to go into town to get coinage for the laundry, see the pharmacist about flu jab, solicitor and the bank and then do a large laundry wash.
9 am I set off to the solicitors with forms in hand to be looked at and submitted. I then went to the pharmacist to see about having my flu jab. I was in luck because Andrew had some in and could do me today. I did not even feel the needle go in, but I came out £11 lighter, because it has gone up again this year. Still I would rather pay £11 and be covered, than have the flu. Remember if you are at risk, you should have the flu jab. Either go to your GP or go to your pharmacist.
After getting my flu jab, I went to the bank to see about opening an e-savings account. I had tried to do it online, but was told I needed to show them some identification. I took my drivers licence, but have to go back with a second form of identification. I have been with this bank for Seventeen years and still they do not know who I am. Anyway I will get it all sorted eventually.
Back home, it was time to hit the laundry with a huge bag of washing and coinage in my pocket. I set the two of the machines going, put the washing line out and waited for my quick washes to finish. The washing was then hung out in a breeze, so I was hopeful that the washing would dry or almost dry. By the end of the day the washing was almost dry. I hung it in the back cabin and engine room for it to finish off. I still have more washing to do.
With the list of jobs done for the day. I cooked us lunch and then sat and watched a bit of Bargain Hunt, before doing some tidying jobs on the boat. The rest of my day was spent crocheting and watching films on Film4.
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Thursday, 25 October 2018
Yesterday we arrived home to our lovely mooring just after lunchtime. We left our overnight mooring at Radford Semele at 9.10am and headed into Leamington-Spa, where stopped so Keith could go to the railway shop to see if they had any track. When I saw him walking back up the towpath with no track in hand, so it meant a no. We then moved a couple of hundred yards up the canal to moor opposite Morrison's. We then had a coffee, before walking to Aldi to do the food shopping.
On returning from our food shop, I put the shopping away whilst we were underway and heading for home. I put some pasties in the back cabin stove to warm through, so we could have them on the way. Both Cape Locks were in our favour, which was a bonus.
Back home, our attention was turned to plugging ourselves into the electric, sorting the TV and phone out. After that, we caught up with everyone in the Arm, before cooking dinner.
Now we are home, there is plenty to do on the boat and on the mooring, so watch this space.
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Tuesday, 23 October 2018
If you read yesterday's post, you will know we spent the evening at The Blue Lias Inn at the bottom of the Stockton flight. The moorings on the inn side are for patrons only, so we had our evening meal and a pint in the inn. It was a lovely meal and a cool pint to wash down a lasagna and for pudding Honeycombe Cheesecake. This woman knows how to live the high life. What was a little disconcerting was the fact they had been putting up their Christmas decorations up. The entrance hall was like Santa's grotto. The countdown on their Christmas clock said 63 days arghhhh. I am personally one of those people who thinks nothing to do with Christmas should start until December 1st. But for businesses they all have to get ahead of the competition. Anyway we had a lovely time, before retiring back to the boat for coffee and putting our feet up.
This morning we left our Inn mooring at 8.35am along with NB Morpheus, who we shared the first couple of locks of the day at Long Itchington.
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Monday, 22 October 2018
After our day off yesterday, we were back to normal today.
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Sunday, 21 October 2018
For me today has been a day off. We are in Braunston until at least Tuesday, because we need to collect our spare starter motor from the repairers.
This morning we had a relaxing start. In fact it was so relaxed, I did not wake up until 7.50am. We still enjoyed our morning cuppa in bed. Paddy was obviously not in a hurry to go out, because even though we were up, he was still snoozing in his bed. I literally had to wake him up to take him out for his first walk of the day. We had a lovely stroll up the canal in the morning mist.
Plan for the day was to have lunch at The Boat House and then to wander to the bottom lock chandlery to get some paint for the roof and gunwales, but before any of that, I sorted the stove out in the saloon, I did not bother with the back cabin stove, because it was going to be warmer. I made us some toast and then fed Paddy. He has taken to being fussy with his food again and the only way we can get him to eat it, is to squeak his ball and put it near his bowl. He seems to think the ball is going to eat his food, so he then snaffles it down, before his ball gets it. I have no idea what goes through his brain, but at the moment it is strange things. Still if it makes him eat, I will go with it.
After morning coffee, I got on with more crocheting.
12 noon, we set off for the pub and a pint. They had a carvery on, so we decided a nice Sunday roast was called for. It comes as part of the 2 for 1 meal deal, so happy days. £14.25 split in two plus two pints of Hobgoblin scrummy. The carvery was extremely good and I can recommend it. After lunch we walked down to the bottom lock chandlery to see if they had any Epifanes Red-Brown paint. I need it for next Spring, because I will have the roof, back counter and forend to paint when we go into dry dock next year and we will not be coming this way. I did look online to see if I could get it cheaper, but no go. Having broken the bank to pay for it, we strolled to the Canal Shop by the bottom lock and I treated us to an ice cream each and we enjoyed a lovely natter with the shop owner. That little shop is a wonder and you can even get fresh bread there. On the walk back to the boat, we bumped into Jenni our friend, who was out walking her dog and she has offered to take us into Daventry to get our starter motor, which is incredibly kind of her, so that is a job for the next couple of day I expect.
Back home, Paddy required a walk and his lunch.
Over a coffee, we stood and nattered to Sheila and Jim on NB Islonian. It is always nice to put the world to right and have a laugh.
At the moment the generator is on, to charge the batteries. It will be time for coffee soon and also time for me to put my feet up.
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Saturday, 20 October 2018
We must be the luckiest people in the world right now for the weather, because yet again we woke up to a beautiful Autumnal morning. There was a nip in the air and a little bit of mist around, but the sun was already trying to wake up along with us both.
On the run in, a lovely lady on a boat named Florence waved us past, and we headed into Braunston aware that it being a weekend, we may not get a mooring. We passed the first lot of moorings and nothing doing, but then just as we passed The Boat House Inn, a 70ft boat was pulling out, so we pulled in. Now that was a result, because no sooner moored up, there were a heck of a lot of boats passing us looking for moorings. Many of them went and winded at the marina and came back past us. Phew.
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Friday, 19 October 2018
After a peaceful nights sleep, we woke this morning to a cold start and mist upon the water at Hartshill.
We always approach bridge 'oles on tickover, especially when the bridge 'ole is a blind approach. Three times today we were so glad we were on tickover, because boats approaching from the other direction came through at a break neck speed. Just as well we knew what we were doing.
Thursday, 18 October 2018
Hi Friends and Followers.
Last night we were treated to a fantastic sunset over Willington. There is always something so special about a magical sunset and with the red sky at night, came a glorious morning.
Once breakfast was eaten, I relit the back cabin stove, filled the Copper kettle and got the boat ready for the off at 8.40am. We seemed to be the only boat moving for sometime, so had the cut to ourselves in the early morning sunshine.
We then cruised on past the Samuel Barlow at Alvecote and stopped at Grendon services to empty the loo and get rid of the rubbish. No water was needed, as we filled up yesterday and we should now be fine until we get home next week. Lunch was Bacon butties on the move. I love it when I can cook on the back cabin stove. When I am not cooking, then the kettle is always boiling.
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Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Following on from yesterday's post. I had one of those nights which drive me mad. I slept on and off. Paddy was on the move most of the night, which meant I lay awake listening to him rummaging around. I am not sure what he was up to. It may just have been he was restless. Anyway a disturbed night for me. On waking up after short nap, I made us a cuppa and then got the back cabin stove going. We left our mooring near the aqueduct at Rugeley at 9 am and headed to a mooring in Rugeley, where we could moor up and go food shopping. One space available, which was a result, because we fitted in it. 9.20 am we set off with trolleys in tow to walk to Aldi, where we picked up what we required. Back at the boat, I stowed the shopping away, whilst Keith got the boat on the move at 10.10 am. Food stowed away, I made us both a coffee.
We arrived at Woodend Lock to find there were three boats in front of us. One of the boats asked us to go ahead of them, which we thought was very kind. In no time at all we were all down through the lock and heading towards Fradley Locks.
We are moored up for the night near to Whittington.
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