Wednesday, March 18, 2015

World Down Syndrome Day

I have a nephew with Down's Syndrome. This piece of writing says it all.  Read it.  world-down-syndrome-day

Monday, February 09, 2015

When I retire I will steal hats

I have been pottering about in radio silence for over a month now.  I am rather enjoying my current mooring spot which has no internet and somewhat sparse phone signal.  In the tree nearby there sits an owl.  Under the tree with an owl in it sits a boat. In the boat there are two people.  The tree seems to have a mind of it's own, as does the owl and so, of course, do the people.  I have been wondering about this menagerie and every now and again a story forms in my mind about the tree, the boat and the people - but I never quite know what the owl is doing and the owl never features in these stories I make up; there is a void, an absence where the owl should be.  I wondered what the owl is doing, and why it never seems to be in my stories.
It turns out the owl is doing its own stuff and doesn't need my stories.
 Read about it here

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Waterpump Fixed

I have a friend who is a whizz with a grinder so I popped over with my 'issues'.  The pulley was ground down with the grinder along with the bit between the nuts and the pump casting.  It was all done in a moment and then, within a blinking of an eye, the water pump was installed and the engine was running. 

The pulley no longer catches on the nuts and I expect this pump to last longer than the others (I have receipts from the previous owner and their water pump excitement!)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The water pump - update

I took the water pump off and had a good look at it.  
After a bit of a fiasco (access, nuts, metric and imperial issues between the pumps) I then noticed that the pulley was worn....
a closer look still and the pulley rubs on the nuts of the pump (the nuts are worn). The new water pump is about 3mm thicker which would create a few problems.  

Here is the old and new pump and the pulley.

Still on the dining room table rather than in situ working away.  Tomorrow the grinder will get wielded at the pulley and possibly on the pump (not the important parts like the mating surfaces!).  Hopefully all will go to plan and I will have everything back together in no time (no laughing at the back please).

When I picked up the new pump I was told it was quite rare.  With this is mind, once this debacle is over I will be looking to refurbish the old one.... and all help is welcome!

I am now in the pub drinking gin. All spelling and grammar mistakes are my very own.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Oops - water pump again!

The water pump is throwing stuff around the place again. I thought this one would last longer, but it must be about 6 years since I turned up at a boat yard with it in my hand. It had broken so I took it off and took it along to a boat yard to get a replacement. I took Maffi with me.  Once the proprietor had been persuaded to talk to me about it rather than Maffi (who had come along for the ride but as the only man of the duo was clearly the one who knew all about it) was suitably rude telling me the pump had come off a different engine and that I was effectively too stupid to know my own engine.  He even took me around the back to show me a similar version of my engine. He was wrong (mine is blue, not green)...but I listened to his little patronising speech as I am sure it made him feel better.

 His patronising tone and attempt at humiliation went over my head at the time, but he was quite convinced that the pump I wanted was in the box in his hand even though an amateur at the well known game 'snap' would know the difference.  Fortunately someone else working there seemed unfazed at a women holding an engine part in her hand and sorted it out.

I think I will do a spot of internet shopping for this little number this time.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Happy Birthday Maffi!

I hope you are having the most splendiferously wonderfully fabulous birthday!




Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The other place in a different boat

In a moment of inspiration we found ourselves in Cambridge and discovered a member of our party had never been. There is only one way to see Cambridge and that is by punt.

Time constraints were tight as we had promised to cook father luncheon. So we called James and Amy on Willow and asked whether they were close so they could join us.  I left a message on the answer phone.

Maffi refused to go punting so I flung him over my shoulder and in no time I was punting the chaps down the backs. P1000151

James and Amy joined us for the return trip.


Several years ago I was fortunate enough to have an invite to join James and Amy (on their previous boat Lucky Duck) on a maiden voyage up the backs (here) and this was the first time since that I had been back.  Wonderful.