*****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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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Bugs on the move.

Hiya family, friends and followers.

After a damp start to our Wednesday, the sun came out and we have had another busy day in the garden.
This afternoon we moved the log pile, which we had on our old garden for the beasties and bugs. Whilst removing the logs, it certainly looked like we had someone nesting in between the logs at some point, because there was a little nest and some marigold seeds in a pile. I think we may have had a wood mouse in there at some point, but there was no sign of it being in there recently. We rebuilt the log pile in our new garden and put back the solitary bee homes, which have laeve in them. The log pile has been built over an old tree stump, because there was absolutely no way we could dig it out, so we have covered it up.
Having moved the log pile, we got on with moving the bug hotel as well. I need to redo the layers and add some new things, but it is in place and we also bought some of the spiders and bugs with their home 🐌🐜🕷 , so they also have a new home now. Finally we relocated nest boxes and bee hotels. The bird boxes will be put up after they have been cleaned and the boxes painted, keeping them waterproof. I want to put some felt on the roofs as well, because they are leaking.
Update on our generator, which you may recall from a previous post has died. Rob from Kate Boats came and inspected the generator, he confirmed it has seized and will be contacting Fischer Panda to see how to proceed, so fingers crossed. Now that we have moved all the large items from our old garden, I can now begin to dig the garden over and start moving plants. I also have a rockery to build somewhere on the garden, but I am undecided as to where that will go yet. I think it will just evolve. The garden is really taking shape now and we are both really pleased with it so far.
My day ended with me cooking dinner. I am now putting my feet up, because my legs ache and I am shattered.

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

A productive day.

Hello family, friends and followers.

I am going to be boring for some, because I am going to be going on about our new mooring again. It is taking up our time when the weather allows. Yesterday nothing got done due to the very wet weather. No one can say we are lacking water now. Keith is doing well on his antiviral tablets and eye gel. Because he has Shingles on his face and in his hair, I gave him a rather serious hair cut, so we could see the extent of the rash. It seems most of the rash is on his face and on his forehead along the hairline. It is getting better and it has not really stopped him from doing anything.
Today we were promised some sunshine after the deluge of yesterday and the sun did pop out for a while this afternoon. Our plan for the day was to finish removing all our belongings from our old mooring, so this morning we emptied the second bunker and got on with removing planters.
This afternoon fellow moorer Maria, came and tackled our overgrown hedge for us. Maria is a tree surgeon and has all the tools to tackle the job, so it was well worth getting her in to do the job. Within two hours we had the hedge cut and all the cuttings cleared up ready for Maria to chip in a few days time.
 The hedge has been cut back by a good foot.
Having the hedge cut back, it has really opened it up and made it lighter. I am now looking forward to tackling the garden.
 Already we have fungi growing in the garden, which makes me very happy, because I love all the different kinds.
After finishing the hedge, a Wren and Blackbird came and tucked into the bugs shaken from the hedgerow. I will be adding some nest boxes to our garden to hopefully encourage the birds to nest.
So pleased with our days work.

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Saturday, 12 October 2019

Shingles and a touch of hard work.

Hello family, friends and followers.

You know how it goes. You just think you are getting on top of things and life throws you another curve ball. Yes we had that curve ball thrown at us on Friday. On Monday I noticed that Keith had what looked like a spot on his forehead. I thought he got caught by one of the branches off the trees we removed from our new mooring. On Tuesday/Wednesday it seemed to be getting bigger and more angry. Keith was then complaining his head hurt and on Friday morning I made him ring the GP to ask advice. She booked him in with the nurse who diagnosed Shingles. Because the Shingles seemed to be affecting his left eye, she sent us immediately to the University Hospital, Coventry, because if Shingles affects the eyes, it can cause you to go blind. When I say immediately, it took us almost three hours to travel there, because we had to go by bus. So we caught the X17 to Coventry and then the Number 4 to the hosptial. What we did not know what the Number 4 takes you on a tour of the bloomin city. Anyway we arrived at the hospital and found the emergency eye clinic, where he was seen as soon as we arrived. We were all done and dusted within an hour. Keith has antiviral tablets and some gel for his eye. We then caught the Number 9 bus back into the city, this was much quicker, the X18 to Warwick and the number 1 back to the gate outside the Arm. All in all it was a very long day, but at least Keith can now be on the mend.
Even with Shingles Keith was keen to get on with some jobs. So having recieved our chicken wire on Friday, we got on with fixing it to our fencing. Now our mooring is completely dog-proof, and NO we are still not getting a new dog.
We have had a busier day than we had planned, but we have achieved a lot. Having done the chicken wire this morning, this afternoon we cleared the patio area. We moved the two large planters which were on the pontoon, complete with earth still in them, to their new location at the front of the patio. We have also moved our table and chairs to the patio, this has cleared space on our pontoon, which is now looking much tidier :-). I am looking forward to planting the planters up for the Spring and enjoying sitting out with a coffee or something stronger :-).
That is it for the day. Time to put my feet up until tea time at least.

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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Back to it.

Hello family, friends and followers.

Autumn is upon us and therefore we must make the most of the sunny days, if we want to get any jobs done. This morning we woke up to sunshine, which put a smile on my face. Mind you I was not smiling at 4.30am. I was sleeping and dreaming about a tarpaulin floating in the Arm, when I was woken up by Keith shouting "Wake Up". He was dreaming and muttering in his sleep and when he eventually woke up for a cup of tea, he had no recollection, that he had shouted at me hahahaha. I did go back to sleep for a while, but then got up and made us our first cuppa of the day. Discussions were had as to what we would be doing for the day and it was decided that we would get more moving done.
We moved our table and chairs. These will go on the patio area once it has been cleared of the previous moorers belongings.
We wondered what we could do with the table top we made which was good but wobbled on its base. Keith had a brain wave and we have attached it to the gate to create a dog-proof gate.
We await the chicken wire to dog-proof the fence. This is to keep dogs out, and NO we are not getting a new dog 🤣.
We put a temporary cover on one of our bunkers, because it was leaking. We will felt it properly eventually. But with funds tight right now it will have to wait.
We moved our bird table and Clematis and some other plants. The bird table was made by our friend Mike, who also lives on his boat two boats away from us.
It has been a good days work and good to see more progress being made. We still have a bit to do, but there is no hurry as such.

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Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Day Off.

Hello family, friends and followers.

I am not usually one for lying in, but this morning I made an exception, mainly because I overslept. I only woke up when Keith coughed and it was already 7.45am. Cup of tea and the BBC1 news on we sat in bed until gone 8.30am, which is luxury for us, because we are not ones to lounge around. I have to say it was lovely though and I think it has come about, because I am just so in love with the peace and tranquilty of our new mooring.
After getting up we had breakfast and I started to take the curtains down in the back cabin. They will get washed and put away for next year. During the Winter, if the stove is going the curtains can get so dirty with the smoke and dust, so I like to put them away with the lace to keep them clean.
After a coffee, we walked into town to get our flu jabs done. Keith gets his free, but I have to pay for mine. This year it was £11, which in order to keep the flu away, is a small price to pay. I realise it does not cover any new flu that comes along, but it does cover me for the ones on the go already. I have been having flu jabs for years and thankfully they have kept me flu free and I have not had bronchitis for years either.
We took a walk around the town, checking out the charity shops, where I got a Margaret Dickinson book, which will be added to my collection. I adore her books and will happily read them over and over again. After checking out the charity shops we walked down to Torry's, Warwicks very own independant DIY shop to purchase a few bits. Our walk home was done alongside the racecourse, which was looking lovely on a sunny autumnal morning. We have had a day off from doing anything on the mooring, but I dare say we will be back to it tomorrow if the weather is on our side.

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