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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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Thursday 4 March 2021

Happy Saint David's Day and boat jobs.


Dear family, friends and followers.

Welcome to March everyone and Happy Saint David's Day. February saw snow, winds, rain and another month in lockdown. The weekend however was glorious, with lots of Spring sunshine and warm from the sun, which meant time to get some jobs done. 

Saturday morning began with recovering the timber which was the old pontoon on the non-residential moorings opposite our mooring. We are going to use it to rebuild the staging in front of our hedge, which is now rotten and leaning and is dangerous to walk along. We hooked the timber with a boat hook on the bank and I caught the wood and threw it into the work boat.
Keith then ground the old nails off, to make the wood easier to stack, which was my job.
I stacked the wood on our patio area, so it is ready for our friends to come and build our new garden staging.
This is our old rotten staging.
A couple of weeks ago, I ripped off the top timbers, to see what was underneath and also to see what would need to be renewed. With the recycled timber all stacked and ready to go, we spent the rest of the day recovering. It had certainly given Keith's back a good workout, and he came through with flying colours. I spent the afternoon finishing off a blanket for our grandson, because his old one is now too small.

Sunday the only real job we did was put up a light.
We put up a new solar light to illuminate our patio area, which we hope we can use more of a dark evening during the Summer, with a light now installed. I began weeding the garden. Weeds never stop going do they? Luckily in this garden we do not seem to get as many weeds as we did in the other garden and at the moment no bindweed, which was a nightmare in the other garden. After fabulous morning in the garden, enjoying the sunshine, birdsong and just the chance to be outside, I did a little bit more family research in the afternoon and watched the Sunday films. After all Sunday is my do little day.

Monday morning dawned, and it was a foggy start to Saint David's Day, with no chance of sunshine according to the weather forecast. First job of the morning was to have a cup of tea in bed, whilst watching the news. We seem to have sorted the TV signal problem out partially, with putting in a new cable, but Keith thinks the issue maybe the TV, only time will tell. With Mr Tesco coming between 9am and 10am, I left the boat chores until after he had been. He arrived at 9.15am and we quickly changed over the trays and he left. Shopping stowed away in the fridge, freezer and cupboard, it was time for coffee. 
Having put the oven on for lunch to bake some Steak and Kidney pies, I decided to try out a new recipe. Muffnuts is part Muffin and part Doughnut. A friend baked some and they looked so scrummy I decided to have a go. I will let you know how they taste, when we have them at teatime. With it being the 1st of the month, we ran the engine and the generator for a while and Keith topped up the batteries, which is done every three months. That was the boat jobs done for at least another month. I will now begin my Spring clean, which would of normally been done by now, because we would of been setting off on our Spring, Summer cruise. But because of the virus, we are going no where at the moment. At the moment boats are only supposed to move for essential shopping, repairs or emergencies. Hopefully that will change come the 12th April, but we will not be moving anywhere until later in the Summer, this is our choice. Not only that Keith needs to have his second vaccination and I have not had my first one yet. We are quite happy to stay put and enjoy our mooring and garden.

Pop back soon. 

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