Monday, August 26, 2013

Our waterways need respect and support

What is it about 'summer' boaters?  Why are they in such a hurry?

One such boater actually tried to enter a lock on the Caen Hill flight without first opening the gate and knocked it off its hinges!  See Narrowboatworld.

Needless to say the Kennet & Avon canal is now closed at Devises.  I do hope that the boater in question is fined a suitable amount for preventing other boaters navigating through those locks, up or down.

Sunday, August 25, 2013


We thought that we would be lonely after leaving Great Haywood! John & Jean keep track of us using this Blog. Just like we do tracking our friends on boats.
They came by bike from Little Onn. No, they do not have a boat but a motor home. That is another way to explore the countryside.  Thanks for coming over.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

We moved!

Great Haywood had much to offer us. A week away with the boat in the marina, a trip to Rugeley and back, off to Tixel to meet Seyella, and a bus ride to Stafford. 

All this while waiting for appointments with dentist, doctor and a nurse!

We are on our own now having had a meal together with Carol from Rock n Roll one evening before departure.

We left behind the calm waters of the Trent flowing past the ancient pack horse bridge.

Tesco delivered again, we filled our water tank and emptied the cassette one more time.

Then we were off turning onto the Stafs and Worc canal. A sunny trip to above Depmore lock before it rained. Then moved on again next day to Park Gate. A significant distance at last.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Staying too long?

Have we stayed too long?
We are not covered by the Triffids yet.  But it won't be long now before we CAN get away!

Been adding more pictures taken over the last few years to our web site at moore2life.

Monday, August 19, 2013

While we wait

For post n medicals we say farewell to our friends Geoff n Margaret.  Carol came to see them off as well.
Geoff has done an amassing job with the painting and the new colours are great.

The day before Geoff n Margaret invited us round for Sunday lunch. Thank you both, missing you already.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

We have a plan

Ann wants to do the Droitwich canal.  To get there we hope to go down the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal.  We have only been down to Stourport once before.  If the River Severn is in flood we will have to go back through Birmingham.

But first there are medicals and vet appointments!

Friday, August 09, 2013

Back on board

Our way of life on board has been made uncertain when our tenants left our bungalow. A while ago we went back to see it the day they left. Oh what a mess! It is difficult to understand how some people live or survive in such conditions. It was so bad that we cannot get another tenant in till it is cleaned and repainted. Even our agents were shocked to see it.

Our agents have been so helpful organising cleaners and decorators in to carry out the work. Needless to say the previous tenants will pay for the damage by loosing their deposit.

Once the work is completed including new carpets we are assured that another tenant will be found. At the end of the day it may well have cost us 3 months rent! Despite the set back we must keep looking forward to better times.

Just like when we got our first boat at Aynho we had to keep looking forward to our new future on board. By the way that first boat 'Moor To Life' is for sale at Much has been changed in side since we sold it many years ago.

While the boat stayed in the marina we left the fridge on knowing that our solar panels would keep it going. Sure enough the batteries were fully charged when we returned.

We have booked visits to the medical centre and dentist, restocked from the Tesco van and moved out of Great Haywood heading for Rugeley. We return to Great Haywood later for those appointments.