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!
Thursday 29 August 2019
After heavy overnight rain, we had the joy of mist upon the cut this morning.
We set off at 8.20am and stopped at Hawkesbury Junction at 8.40am to fill the water tank. Oh my goodness me the tap was so very slow. Neither of the taps have locks on and one of the handles was broken, so I reported them both. We did not fill the tank because we had been there over three quarters of an hour and life is way to short to wait any longer for water, so we headed off to make the turn.
We stopped of briefly in Rugby, so I could go and pick up some shopping from Tesco. I left Keith with the boat, because he is having issues with his back again. But hopefully his medication will do the trick as always. Shopping done, we moved off and I stowed away the shopping which on the go.
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Wednesday 28 August 2019
I know, it is day 17 and the last time I posted was day 9, but we have been full-on with everything at Alvecote and The Big Weekend. Keith thoroughly enjoyed helping move boats here and there and I got on with crocheting, cleaning a cooking.
I have never drunk so much in my life and I am not talking all beer. With the heat being so intense, we all had to keep our hydration up. I did of course drink the beer at The Samuel Barlow, which was fantastic as was the food which we had over the three days. I did not cook one meal over the weekend, we decided we would eat out and the guys and girls did everyone proud with the meals and their hard work.
Tuesday 20 August 2019
It is getting busy here at Alvecote, with boaters turning up for the coming Bank Holiday Weekend rally. I have spent a lot of the past couple of days catching-up with friends I have not seen for ages and I mean ages. I have also been given wool for my Collie blankets and given wool that I cannot use to other boaters, who will make good use of it. It is all about sharing in the boating community.
I am going to be a little boring, because there is very little news. It will all kick off on Friday and over the weekend, so I will not bore you with my cleaning and boat sorting out. After all there is only so much brass cleaning anyone can cope with and so I will skip that for now and move on to today.
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Saturday 17 August 2019
What a difference a day makes. After the wet and windy weather of yesterday, today was sunny and calm.
After the busy day yesterday, I decided that I needed my bed at 9.30pm last night. Every bit of me was aching and I was so tired, that my head hit the pillow and I was out like a light. I did wake to the sound of music and shouting men, because there was a party going on upstairs in the Samuel Barlow, but having told myself to go back to sleep, I did just that until 7am. I lazily stayed cocooned beneath the duvet, with the knowledge that I did not have to hurry out of bed. The only thing calling was the toilet, so having put a foot out beneath the duvet, I got up andmade us our first cuppa of the day.
We finally got up at 8.30am, which is quite something for us. With so little on my to do list. I opened up the boat and stepped out into some wonderful morning sunshine. Also up and about was Leon on Narrowboat Old Bovine. We had not seen Leon for years and so as boaters do we stood on the towpath, having a good old catch-up. He is staying for the rally, so we will definitely be spending more time nattering.
Benedictine Monks once lived.
Once back home. I made a start on cleaning the back cabin brasses. The outside ones can wait a few more days, just in case it rains again and ruins all my hard work.
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Friday 16 August 2019
Wooo hooo I have a hot spot. Nooo not that sort of spot. I have some free Wifi, so you may actually hear from me for a few days. We cannot sort our hub out until we get home, so I will be relying on hotspots and free wifi.
We left Hartshill this morning at 8.05am and it was dry but very overcast.
The rain then decided it was time to start spit spotting. It was not hard to begin with and we are hardened boaters, so a drop of rain was not going to stop us.
Back home and it is now raining heavily, so maybe this is the weather the forecasters have been warning us about. Anyway we are fine and snug, so let it do its worse.
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Thursday 15 August 2019
Wednesday 14 August 2019
As suggested by the weather people, it was a soggy old start to Wednesday morning, but this did not deter Keith from catching the bus into Daventry. He was hoping that the staff in the EE store could sort out why my laptop will not connect to the hub, which we had repaired back at the beginning of July. Whilst he battled the weather, I stayed on board and got a few jobs done and some cleaning. The joys of cleaning the oven could wait no longer. I also got on with cooking lunch, ready for when Keith would get home.
The rain at times was coming down in such a deluge, I had visions of Keith coming home a drowned rat, but in fact he was not to bad. The issue of the hub and my laptop was not solved. We need to ring a 0800 number and speak to their customer services centre, who should be able to help, so we have decided to leave it until we return to our home mooring. So you will need to bare with me for a few weeks. I may or may not post.
After lunch the rain was beginning to diminish and at 2.00pm we decided we would make a move. We untied and set off towards Braunston Marina, where we winded.
Tuesday 13 August 2019
You will have to bare with me. I am having to use Keith's laptop, because mine will not connect to the EE hub we have. We sent the hub away to be repaired and now for whatever reason it will only allow Keith to connect to it. It does not even allow our phones to use it. So I am going to be a little late posting.
This is Day 2 of our Summer/Autumn cruise. We left Saltisford yesterday morning and stopped at Long Itchington overnight. As we were there we called into the Two Boats for a pint and some pork scratchings. It would have been rude not to have done so.
This morning we left Long Itch and are now at Braunston, where we may stay for tomorrow, because the weather is supposed to be foul. Not only that Keith his hoping to go into the EE store in Daventry, to see if they can figure out why I am not able to see the hub. Well I see it, but it will not allow me to connect to it grrrrrrr.
I will keep you posted and hopefully if it is fixed, I will post pictures.
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Friday 9 August 2019
We are on our marks, for our Autumn cruising, which will begin very soon. But in the meantime, I have been getting lots of things sorted out. In my last post, I cemented the new smoke box into place.
We have loaded the boat with coal for the cold weather when it arrives and done and oil change on the generator and engine. I still have the water tank to fill and a laundry wash to do, but we are so close to being ready for the off again.
We have five events, which we are booked into, so it will not be a busy time, but an enjoyable time.
I will catch up with you all, when we leave our mooring.
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Friday 2 August 2019
This past few days, we have been blessed with cooler temperatures and copious amounts of rain, which are causing issues in Derbyshire, particularly around Whaley Bridge, where we have friends. Fingers are so tightly crossed that the dam does not burst and everyone stays safe.
For me it has been a few days of getting the boat ready to go out again. You may remember me posting about our smoke box breaking. Today we received our new smoke box.
We are preparing to go back out, so this morning we received engine oil, for an oil change before we leave. I will be checking the gearbox oil, to see if that needs topping up. We are in the process of making sure we have any medication we need onboard and I am stocking up up bits and bobs. I am a woman who likes to be prepared for almost everything.
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