Fluffy is our nick name for a squirrel that visits our garden. He or she and younger ones often visit usually in the morning for their breakfast. We say 'Fluffy' because Molly knows what a squirrel is and would chase it away!
Ann now has a small tripod for her camera that helps to get a clear shot.
It has been over a year since we moved off M2L. Much time and money spent on land based property to keep us comfortable inside four walls and a low roof!
Medical issues, friends and family, exploring the New Forest and gardening have occupied our time. But now we look forward to time back on board for short visits. Ann has three months between checkups while Chas hopes that dental problems are sorted soon!
The boat is to be blacked this month, weather permitting, and the top sides badly need a fresh coat of colourful paint. A major effort required to keep Moore 2 Life looking good for a while longer. We plan a new look for her. No cream in sight! But all that effort is not a job for us mind.
Just hope that when we get back we can cope with the locks and living on board. Perhaps it is like riding a bike! It will be very different to permanently living on board with much less on board than before.
From where we are at the moment perhaps the Oxford canal will be enough, who knows. Cropredy Marina will remain the boat's home. That is far enough away to drive from the Forest.
It is mid winter so we decorate our living space to brighten up those short grey days of the long shadows.
Then we rush around in a panic counting down to that one day that has to be perfect. We spend money on presents and food like it is going out of fashion!
The presents are good to give and receive but the food becomes unusual and plentiful. We even set fire to our pudding!
By the time the New Year arrives we are still eating that strange food. We had cold Christmas pud with pine apple chunks and juice! Cold slices of meat in sandwiches and those endless mince pies! And we still have some of that rich Christmas cake which the grand children decorated.
All those nuts are still in their packets and we have not had a potato since that perfect day. There is an abundance of sugar loaded candies, sweets and chocolates. Also a cupboard full of alcoholic beverages.
Oh well we won't starve in January and won't need to go shopping except for the usual bread n milk.