An opportunity window enabled us to travel north to Cropredy. In the sun during the drive up but then it rained in the afternoon. The British F1 racing was on TV and we got the rain before Silverstone did!
We always leave the water tank nearly empty and on this visit the water was a bit tainted. A chlorine tablet was dropped in and fresh water poured in.
Readers of our Blog will have noticed our boat visit habit has changed and we are content with it for now. If we have time we take the boat out and if not we drive round to our favorite canal spots. This time we went to Weedon, Whilton and Braunston to get our 'fix' on canal life.
We were actually looking for another boat to down size, but not down grade. We have decided that a Semi Trad or Cruiser stern and no more than about 50 feet long would suit us better. We have been very disappointed with what is on the market these days. There really is a lot of junk out there. Some agents ask for a deposit even before a trial run! Then you cannot get it back if you decide against your choice of boat.
We drove across the New Forest to Burley. A small popular village to the west of the forest. We found a cafe and sat outside in the sunshine with Molly in the shade under the table. Unfortunately the traffic spoiled the ambiance.
On the way we stopped at Yew Tree Bottom to let Molly cool off in a river.
We returned home via Lymington to see the Wight Link ferry arrive.
Have you tried to get the itv player on your 'smart' tv? My browser on the tv needs Flash Player to use the itv player but cannot down load it! The BBC iPlayer works fine. I have both itv and BBC player apps on the iPad and they work fine using WiFi. Those WiFi TV dongles don't have itv player either.
Now we cannot afford to upgrade the rail network! What price the alternative? There were many protests about HS2 but now it may not happen. New rolling stock is arriving but cannot be used. The rail network needs the upgrade to electric. Get rid of those dirty diesel engines. But then we need more power stations!
I needed to make a phone call in order to register my Master Card with a supplier. They won't answer the phone but "Your call is important to us". Cannot do it on line. Perhaps they could ring me and I will play music in their ear for a few minutes more!
Some foreign manufacturers are having a laugh at our expense! They do not make things to the so called CE mark specifications. Is it our fault for buying cheap and nasty products?
The population in the UK has grown to 65 million. I wonder if that includes people living in boats! Where are they going to live if we do not build more houses and towns? Do we have enough space, power and water?
A fool and his money are soon parted. There are rouges who will take it and give nothing back. Don't part with your money on just a promise!
That's it folks, rant over! Now I sit in the garden sipping tea and try to forget that Krazy World!
We used our wheels this time and TomTom to navigate us across the midlands to Crick. At one time we were told to go down a dead end road! We saw sense and turned north. Eventually Tommy got the message and found another way.
Our friends have a boat called Mimulus near the marina. Dave and Lyn have a pleasant garden plot next to their boat. We all went to the Red Lion for lunch and enjoyed a catchup chat. In the past Dave did a lot of work refitting our boat but now is retired and concentrates on his own boat.
On our return to Moore 2 Life the heavens opened forcing us to slow down as the rain was so heavy. Once again we have enjoyed a short spell on the boat and managed to meet our boating friends. Now it is time to get home to meet up with family.
We set off before 9 trying to follow No Problem but other boaters had the same idea in front of us. All in a queue at the lock and water point. It took a long while to get our water and loo full and empty before we could finally move on.
There were of course several boats going the same way heading for Banbury. We helped the boat in front to get through the locks because it was to our advantage. Some times a boater from behind would shut the gate as we left the lock.
An old mooring post. At least it is in the right place outside the lock. Unlike those new ones that sprouted alongside these narrow locks.
Sue and Vic got to town first and saved us a place by the park. Then we had Sue's home made soup and Ann's hot bread rolls.