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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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Life on the cut through my eyes.

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Progress made.

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Hi Friends and Followers.

As the picture above suggests, it is raining again today. The pond is full, as is the canal and the plants have had their fill. The lawn and plants are green and lush now, which is a joy to behold.

Progress report on our table. I had a phone call from the company this morning, to say they will ring me next week to give me a date and time for the delivery. I have e-mailed them strict instructions on what to do when delivering our table, so there can be no confusion. As for the fact that the driver lied about phoning me, that is being dealt with internally and I do not mean that sort of internally, I mean within their company Smile.

It has been another damp day, but not particularly cold, although we do have the fire going, because it keeps the dampness away. Marmite is loving it, because she is nice and warm. I got some washing done this morning, which is hanging up in the engine room to dry. Lunch was leftover from the past couple of days, including the Rhubarb Crumble, which I could eat over and over again. The only thing that would top that would be an endless Cheese Cake. Part of my afternoon was spent in the office, working out the up and coming events we have in the Arm. Jack always arranges the Heritage Weekend, which we have in September. Since living here in the Arm, I have taken to helping her out with things and this year I am going to buy all the teddy bears for the tombola, which is always hugely popular. We already have people saying they are coming, so we have Historic Working Boats Nutfield and Raymond coming again this year. They joined us last year for the first time and were extremely popular, so we are so pleased they can come again. Our usual favourites will be with us so watch this space for updates.

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On Sunday 4th June.

The Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways production is coming to the Saltisford Arm on 4th June 2017 and is being performed by Alarum Theatre.

A double bill of theatre, poetry and music to whisk you back to the days of World War II when a shortage of crews to keep the working boats going brought a new breed of boater to the canal.

Young women, later nicknamed ‘Idle Women’, took on the challenge of managing a pair of 72ft narrow boats and 50 tons of cargo.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the start of the women’s training scheme, Kate Saffin and Heather Wastie will bring Isobel’s War and Idle Women and Judies to waterside (and nearby) venues, recreating the journey the women took (London-Birmingham-Coventry-London).

Travelling with the show will be historic narrow boat Tench steered and crewed by women.

Come and enjoy Isobel’s War (Kate Saffin) and Idle Women and Judies (Heather Wastie) in this beautiful setting!
There will be refreshments available and the show starts at 2pm.
BRING A CHAIR.

And more about Alarum and the tour on the website:
www.alarumtheatre.co.uk
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Free entry with a requested donation

DATE AND TIME

Sun 4 June 2017
13:45 – 16:30 BST
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LOCATION

Saltisford Canal Trust
Birmingham Road
Warwick
CV34 5RJ

We are all looking forward to the day and hope that the weather is kind to us. Jack and I will be busy doing the tea’s and Coffee and we sincerely hope we get a good crowd.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Calmed down.

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Hello friends and followers.

You can see from the title of this post, I have calmed down somewhat, but I am still annoyed. I am hoping now that perhaps tomorrow I will get a phone call with an apology, but I will not hold my breath.

Anyway enough of my ranting. Due to the waiting around, I got very little done today. I did some crochet, weeding the usual boat jobs and of course cooking, cleaning and catching-up online.

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This morning we were treated to mist on the water. It was a culmination of the humid temperatures and all the rain we had yesterday. The sun was so warming when Paddy and I went for our walk it was lovely and the air smelt so fresh.

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Marmite found ways to amuse herself, whilst I did some pruning and wedding. She loves to watch the bird table, I guess it is a TV for cats. The only birds putting in an appearance were the Wood Pigeons, who show no fear when it comes to Marmite.

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With the rain, comes the fullness of the blooms. My egg flowers are in full bloom and bring an extra bit of sunshine to the garden.

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I am so in love with the colour of the Clematis, which is climbing up the bird table pole. It really is stunning this year.

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After I had finished weeding and pruning, Marmite thought it would be a nice place to sit and watch the world go by.

Keith had been and done the weekly food shop at Aldi in the morning and then after lunch I sent him off to Tesco to get Marmite’s food, because Aldi do not have what she likes, although they do her cat litter. I dipped in and out of my crochet, I am making another baby blanket, to get my stock up which has dwindled without me really noticing. I have a few more to make with the wool I bought yesterday, so that will keep me busy for a while.

As the afternoon stepped closer to the evening and the daylight is drifting away, a nice hot shower was required to soothe away my aching joints, before watching the evening films. Tonight’s delight is Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol on Film4 which we have not seen yet. So on that note I will bid you a good night and I may see you tomorrow.

So Livid.

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Hello Friends and Followers.

You may remember from Sunday’s posting I said we were having a new table for our pontoon. Well the tale of the missing table is now a foot. Sunday I received a phone call from the gentleman we bought the table from, he would be unable to deliver the table because he had an accident and had been in A&E. I was of course sympathetic and said not to worry. He said I would be contacted on Monday to arrange another date for the delivery, which duly happened, a nice lady rang me and we arranged for it to be delivered today. I asked her “What sort of time can I expect my table”. Her reply was “You are first on the delivery list, so it could be as early as 7am”. I told her this would be fine, I will be up and waiting, as I would need to let the driver in as we are a gated community.

Last night I set my phone to wake me at 6 am and I set our little battery alarm clock for 6 am, so that I could have a cuppa before waiting for the table. 6 am I was woken and a cuppa was drunk whilst watching the BBC 1 breakfast news. I was up and out of the boat at 6.50 am waiting for the driver to arrive, so I could unlock the gate. The driver was told to ring if we were not around before 8 am. I was thankful it was not yesterday morning, when it was throwing it down with rain, this morning was beautiful. I waited and waited until 8 am when our site manager came in. Because the gate was now unlocked for the public, I could go back to the boat for breakfast etc. Again I waited and waited until 10 am and then I decided I would ring the company, just to check that our table was on for delivery, to be told by a nice lady. “Your table was delivered at 6.30 am according to the tracker”. I told her this was news to me, because I had been up since 6 am and no one had rung to say they were delivering the table. The lady said she would ring me back after she had spoken to the driver. It seems the driver did deliver at 6.30 am and he told her he rang me at 6.30 am, which was so untrue. Now this causes a problem, because it is his word against mine. But this man did not ring me. She assured me it would be investigated when he got back to the depot, but I would not be getting the table today and a new delivery date would be arranged for next week. So we have no table and I now have to wait in for a new delivery date. Arghhhhh in this the age of the mobile phone, why do people not contact others. It is one of my pet hates, when people do not contact you to say they are not full filling their appointment. There is no excuse these days with mobile phones.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Puddles.

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Hi Friends and Followers.

We have been enjoying the sunny, warm weather for the past couple of weeks and now it has come to an end and everyone is moaning, well when I say everyone I am not moaning, because rain has been needed. The gardens and farmers are saying thank you, as are the canals and reservoirs. This morning I woke to the sound of rain stomping on the back cabin roof and the sound of it dripping in through the Pigeon box. We have not put the foam back on the ridge to stop the rain dripping in, but hey ho never mind that is a job for a dry day. With a cup of tea in hand and the warm of the duvet, I watched the weather forecast and it was saying wall to wall rain for the day, so this got me thinking about plans for the day. It was definitely not a gardening day, but Paddy still needed walking and boat jobs still had to be done, the rain never stops jobs being done on our boat. Once up and about, Paddy was the first to get wet, which of course did not amuse him in the slightest. Paddy hates getting wet, he does not even walk through puddles, so you can imagine his face when he jumped up the back cabin steps and was hit by the rain. Now he thought he would get away with a quick walk, do his business and back to the warmth of the boat, but I had other ideas, because otherwise he would do no exercise at all. I took him on his normal morning stroll and then he was allowed back to the boat for his breakfast with Marmite, who was sitting in the back cabin screaming for food as always.

Yesterday we had the fantastic news that Keith had become a Great-Uncle again. One of his Nephews and wife had given birth to twins, a boy and a girl, so I wrapped up two baby blankets I had crocheted and decided rain or no rain I was going to the Post Office to post them off. There is something so refreshing about walking in the rain when it is warm and even though I got wet, I really did not mind. Blankets posted and new wool bought for more blankets, which I need to make to restock my box, I was soon back at the boat and coffee was made. With lunchtime fast approaching, I put on the veggies, potatoes and the last of the meat pie was warmed in the oven. Rhubarb crumble was also heated through for pudding.

Of late some of our dear friends have made the decision to sell their boats and head off to pastures and adventures new. Two of those friends are Jan and Tom on narrowboat Waiouru. Jan and Tom are heading back to Australia to begin a new adventure.

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There boat is up for sale at ABNB. We have so loved meeting up with them both and you can always be assured that we can talk the leg off a donkey over tea and cake. It is so sad to see them returning home, but we look forward to seeing their new adventures on their blog and keeping in touch with them. It is always sad to see friends leave the cut, but for many life afloat was only ever going to be a short-term thing. We have had friends who have cruised the whole system and then sold their boats. We have had friends who have tried life afloat and found it was not for them and then there are those friends who will never leave the canal, because it is in their blood or they just cannot imagine living within brick walls again like us. I have always said nothing would get me off of our boat, it is our home. But you should never say never, because no one knows what is around the corner. The only reason we could ever see ourselves coming off the cut would be due to ill health, where it meant it was impossible to stay afloat. Of course these days the cut is for all walks of life and all physical ability, so the cut will be home for the rest of our days hopefully.

It is now 3 pm and it is still pouring down with rain. The pond is now full and the plants look like they are definitely having a good old drink. It has been so quiet in the Arm today. The only movers were a hire boat, who had no choice but to set off in the rain. None of them looked equipped for the drenching they were going to encounter. Oh the joys of being a hirer on a wet day. That brings back special memories of my first time on a narrowboat. We hired from Middlewich narrowboats and on the first day of cruising it rained stair rods all day. I worked 27 locks in that poring rain. At the end of the day Keith said to me “That must have put you off boating”. I think my reply surprised him, I said “No way, I have loved every moment of it”. That still applies to today and I will never stop loving my life.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Yes it is Monday.

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Hello Friends and Followers.

It was a damp start to my Monday. I know many will be moaning because it has been raining, but I am pleased to see the rain. The weather plays a huge roll in our day to day living and we have to accept that we do need rain at times. On a personal note, our garden needed water and the canals and reservoirs require constant top ups. This week we can expect rain on and off, so that should help with us going into the Summer.

Rain aside, for many it is back to work and me being mown down by cyclists. I should say Paddy gets mown down as well. This morning we were walking along the pavement and a cyclist came flying past me at high speed, brushing past my shoulder with no ringing bell or apology that he had hit my shoulder. Pavements are for walkers and roads are for cyclists, unless it is a designated cycle path. The thing that went through my head was, what is Paddy had crossed the path in front of me. He would of been hit by this cyclist and goodness only knows what damage would have been done to him. I am not a confrontational person, but I did say “Thank you for ringing your bell”. The cyclist did not stop, but I will definitely know him again. This has been the second time this has happened. The last time the cyclist had his child on the back of his bike in a child seat. Thankfully both Paddy and I are fine, but it could have been a different story.

Back to the safety of the boat, it was breakfast for mog and dog and my first glass of water of the day. I am trying to drink more water, as I do not feel I drink enough, especially after the last few days of a waterworks issue. So I am going to try and drink more water. I tend to have a cup of tea first thing and then coffee through the day, which really is not enough fluid. Of course with drinking more water, I will be visiting the smallest room on the boat more and this means I will be also visiting the Elsan more. I guess that will count as more exercise, which I am also trying to do more of, as I have been not keeping up with my 10,000 steps a day.

Yesterday was my baking day and today due to the rain was cooking day.

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The Minced Beef, Onions and Carrot was used for a meat pie.

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The top got a coat of egg wash before I put it into the oven.

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This would be eaten with Potatoes and Vegetables and gravy.

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Yesterday I was given some Rhubarb from our neighbour and so I made a Rhubarb Crumble, which is one of my all time favourite Puddings.

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There is so warming about warm Rhubarb Crumble on a wet day. Comfort food for all weathers.

Of late we have seen friends come into the Arm for a few days. Last week it was Sheila and Bruce off of Narrowboat Sanity Again. It had been sometime since we saw them both and so it was lovely to catch-up with them. Today we said “Cheerio” to Lisa and Fred off of Narrowboat Chyandour. The last time we saw Lisa and Fred was in 2014 after Keith got home from the hospital, having been very poorly. So there was a lot of catching-up to be done over coffee. With us still stuck at base, it is always nice to see a friendly face.

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