Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blogger Ville

Yesterday was a day of bloggers!  The Halfie's had just set out on their retirement cruise when they came across me so they stopped for a catch up.  After propping up their door frame and admiring the boat I had heard so much about I retired back to my chambers.  Then it was time to go to Stowe Hill to see Buster, Dom and Steve on my way to Braunston to admire another 'new' boat - the Jam Butty. While there I saw Lesley and Joe on Yarwood who are having lots of work done on their boat - it all sounds very exciting.  My sleepless night was taking it's toll so I didn't get to visit my favourite places in Braunston, or stay long, but what a lovely treat to see so many smiles in one day!

Friday, July 11, 2014


There I was working from home having a jolly time and I decided I would just 'pop' in to town to do an errand and buy some food.  I was almost ready, put the keys in the ignition and then noticed the ignition cable had been cut.  There it is to the left of the barrel at the almost bottom of the picture.

I thought the bike had been sabotaged but on closer inspection it looks like it was a failed attempted theft.  It would be so easy to be negative but well, one must be positive:

1. I could have discovered my sabotaged motorcycle at a more inconvenient time - like when I had to get to work for a meeting.

2. The missing cable wasn't missing - it was tucked behind the tank

3. I might not have had the ability to do the wiring repair

4. The nice man in the bike shop might have not given me a top tip on the telephone

5. The passing chap may not have offered me a bag of electrical connectors (I was running low)

6. It could have ruined a good day - the day was already teetering on annoying

7. The irritating people at the insurance company (you have to report it even if not making a claim) had a nice accent

8. The police were rather nice even if not interested (I only spoke to them on the telephone)

9.  Boots was well looked after and was very generously walked in the evening

10. And the real gem was moral support turned up at just the right time.

11. Another bonus is that the barrel locks were undamaged.

A man in one of the houses very kindly said I could park my motorcycle in his driveway and today I will test my repair properly by driving it (if it is still in the driveway).  I need to set some time aside, when I get it, to check the repair will suffice as it was rather awkward getting the connectors in the gap!

I won't be sorry to leave this place -   I am exhausted.

Monday, July 07, 2014

A walk through Blisworth

Blisworth is another lovely Northamptonshire village.  This morning I went down to see Still Rockin’ as they disappeared through the tunnel.



the morning light shone upon Raymond!



My phone is now back in action - but I don't have everyone's numbers so leave a message when you phone and sign your text!

Friday, July 04, 2014


Having a lovely time at Grandpa’s


Wednesday, July 02, 2014


What a brilliant day it was at the Braunston Historic Boat Rally.  I was really looking forward to showing my friend a rather fun boat ‘Duke’ I saw at Bugbrooke when I was there.  It moored a couple of boats up and when the owner came down for a chat we were all rather amused by the conversation and his delicious approach to navigating – by tea towel.


Braunston was a real treat. I love seeing all these old boats in one place and seeing people I haven’t seen for a long time bloggers and non bloggers a like.P1040815



Monday, June 30, 2014


Tonight I will mostly be composing a poem about how my phone has gone to the bottom of the canal

Friday, June 27, 2014

Moving on from Braunston - Oakfield

I do love it when I meet old friends along the canal.  I missed out on a few visits (Oakfield, No Problem) last year because I Just wasn't well for a while.  So, I was delighted when Oakfield moored up in front of me a Braunston and even more delighted when they were up at the crack of dawn too.  A bit of chewing the phat, a bit of car boot, a bit of fixing the boat (it wouldn't be right if we didn't do that) and then we were off.  They helped us up the locks too which was fantastic and then as we disappeared through the tunnel with Buckby to look forward to they went off and had a pint and some lunch.  I was sorry they wouldn't be heading in the same direction as us, but there we are!

Love to see you (as always) and THANK YOU!

Mooring up–the proper way

I have often heard the argument that boats should be able to pass moored boats at whatever speed they like and the reason boaters get upset is because they don’t moor up properly.  Bank integrity nor wildlife have nothing to do with it, apparently.

The answer to mooring properly came only the other day.  I know this is how it should be done because this particular boat went hurtling past me at quite a pace.

In addition to the bow and stern ropes, one needs two centre lines coming out at angles – one to the front of the boat and one to the back.

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These ropes should be tied to pins

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There is also this neat trick to stop the boat banging in to the side (or getting stuck on the shallow waters)

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I thought it was brilliant!