Sunday, April 26, 2015

Party in the forest

It was a gathering of friends and family in the forest for Ann's 70 th and Tracy's 40 th.  Also Chris n Tracy have been married for 15 years!
We all had a fun time till midnight!  And stayed for B n B at the hotel.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ann's birthday

After breakfast in bed I went for a walk in the New Forest with Chas n Molly.
 I heard the Cuckoo in the distance and the skylarks in the air.
When I got home after having lunch out and going to the garden centre there was all these cut flowers to admire.  Thanks to all of you who sent them.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Features of the forest

We took ourselves off to Dear Leap in the New Forest for a walk round in the sunshine.
 The pine trees stand tall...
 until they fall!
Some heather and silver birch in the open heath land.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Hill Head, Hampshire

We went to visit Hill Head when the tide was up.

It was a good walk along the beach with my brother.  There was a cool easterly wind and it was so misty the Isle of Wight could not be seen across the Solent.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A good week out

We got back to Cropredy on Friday and the weather has been good for us during our trip.  As we all know it was a very windy weekend.  We moved into the marina on Saturday before it got too difficult and topped up the diesel tank with 80 litres for £62.  That was 'zero rated' during the winter but next month it goes up to 60/40!

It was a bit of a challenge with the wind in the exposed marina but we used it to advantage to get next to our pontoon.  It is no good fighting against that wind!  Once tied up the aerial was set up and chimney extended.  Then it rained so we had timed our arrival well.

We got some 'Blue' for our Elsan in its taller container.  To avoid the Chinese copies.  They have a lot to answer for because the bottle does not fit under the shelf!

Tip of the week:-  Grease your cratch cover zips with Vaseline, it makes them so much easier.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Testing times

Before setting off I managed to wash down the other side and roof before it got damp.

We got the engine going, then the washing M/c.  Just to prove that we are not just fair weather movers we set off.  Above Bourton Lock the level was a bit low and we continued but picked up a thick plastic bag round the prop.  Thanks to Sue for suggesting getting those rubber gloves.

The shallow un dredged pound made it difficult to get the boat round the corners.  We stopped at the top of Slat Mill lock, lit the fire and hung out the washing.  By now the sun was helping to dry it all.

We had subscribed to Netflix and hoped that our streaming problems did not spoil the movie.  Logged on but before we could watch it they wanted me to download Silverlight.  So much better with no pauses.  I have just had to pay a bit extra to EE because I have used my allowance!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We have turned

Got down through Banbury lock, stopped near the Tramway moorings and went to Morrissons.
Just waiting for a boat to come up.

The Sovereign diesel supplier has closed.  It is a good job Dusty is still working hard with his supply boat full of diesel, coal and gas.  We passed him doing his business on our way back.

A boater told us that the pound above Bourton Lock is a bit low so we have stopped just below it.  TV and fire on at four.  Several boats have gone on up.