Thursday, July 17, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
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!
Friday, July 04, 2014
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.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Moving on from Braunston - Oakfield
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.
These ropes should be tied to pins
There is also this neat trick to stop the boat banging in to the side (or getting stuck on the shallow waters)
I thought it was brilliant!