Sunday, 25 November 2012

Deer, Deer or Two Heads are Better than One.

This weekend, for us, rain definitely stopped play.  We were all geared up for going to spend the weekend with our friends in their caravan on a site near Evesham.  Predictably, the site flooded so ……. they came to us on the boat instead.

Come rain …………………

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dogs need some exercise and so do we so, on Saturday, despite the rain, we drove to Foxton Locks.  Even on a cold, wet, November day Bridge 61 was packed.  Our friends insisted on supporting local businesses even more by purchasing some festive decorations from an entrepreneurial boater  ……

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and then presented one to us!

After consuming alcohol, sausage baps and hot chocolate we drove into the lovely town of Market Harborough just for a ‘mouche’.

On Sunday we went for yet another muddy walk around Crick in an attempt to walk off a rather large full English.

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A lovely time was had by all.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Reasons to be Cheerful …………

Graham’s funeral was a week ago today but, unlike today, the sun shone.  (It’s raining heavily here at the moment and is forecast to last all day.)  There were a couple of ‘hitches’ but, on the whole, things went well – I think he would have been pleased.  Many more people turned up than I had anticipated.  He had left detailed instructions regarding his funeral service and I included it all!  Those of you who knew him,  knew that he always liked to be the centre of attention and he definitely was last Monday!  He lived a life of excess and it caught up with him in the end.  He was such a handsome little boy.  He always referred to himself as “Blakey” so, I had no choice, it just had to be!! 

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YESTERDAY THE SUN SHONE!  We took the boat out just as far as Crack’s hill and it was a real tonic ……………

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Up here on the summit of the Leicester Line it’s very rural and very beautiful – especially when the sky is blue and the sun shines!  Maisie enjoyed the little ‘Autumnal jolly’ too.  She’s also a tonic -thank goodness we have her!  She even gets her own friends calling.  The face!! (She’s worried about Hookna inadvertently knocking her in!)  We have several good neighbours for the winter months.  Smile

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A new hot-spot aerial has been fitted in the marina Smile  I can now sit INSIDE the boat when on the computer instead of freezing my butt off in the cratch!

The new chairs we ordered at Kinver back in September have been delivered.  We like the colour and they are very comfortable. Smile

We’ve kept ourselves busy this week catching up with some of the smaller jobs that need doing especially having a bit of a chuck-out before we sink even deeper into the water!  Smile

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HONESTLY, THE THINGS MOTHERS KEEP!  I found the apron that I made at school when I was 12!  Examining it carefully I think my needlecraft skills were better then than they are now!! Smile  Looks like I was a large 12 year old too!  Perhaps I didn’t wear it much because it was too big!

Goodness only knows what else I’m going to find when I start the un-enviable task of emptying Graham’s house where he lived with my mum.  She began living there in 1939!  Actually, I think she’s still there!  I sense her following me around!

‘Gertie’, the little old ‘banger’ we have purchased for all this to-ing and fro-ing is, so far, serving us well.  Smile


I just need to take things a day at a time.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Ben’s Big Barg

A few years ago our son, Ben, arranged for a big old Tjalk to be brought over from Holland.  He then embarked upon the enormous task of fitting it out from scratch.  Whilst we have been here in Staines, dealing with the death of my brother and arranging his funeral, we have been staying on Ben’s barge – its been our refuge.  There have been like-minded boaters to talk to and a large assortment of waterfowl to watch.

I love living on our narrow boat and would not want to sacrifice the freedom of cruising around most of the system for more living space but ……………. living on a BIG boat is a totally different ‘ball game’!  There’s so much space!  So much storage!  So much comfort!   All very luxurious!

Other people do picture shows so, here comes one from me …….

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The saloon

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The kitchen


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The bathroom


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Main bedroom – there is another, smaller cabin but all our ‘stuff’ is in there cluttering it up at the moment!


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Roof-top garden!  Taken from the front ………..


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Taken from the back …………

I think that, in a way, she’s a bit wasted here on the Thames – she would be perfect for cruising the French canals and rivers.

Those kayaks do get used regularly:-

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Apparently, its a good way to arrive at the pub for lunch!

My brother’s funeral is on Monday.  When my dad died my brother and I sorted things together; when my mum died we did the same.  I’ve found it very hard making decisions on my own this time and, I have found the sorrow of losing a sibling very different from the sorrow of losing an elderly parent.  I can’t wait to get back to “Ellen” for some respite.

One last thing:-

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A friend sent us a picture of a boat that got into trouble on the swollen waters of the River Nene.

It’s a salutary reminder that boating can be dangerous and there is no room for complacency and taking unnecessary risks.  The boaters got off safely but what a terrible thing to happen.