Friday, 9 January 2015

Maxwell Has Arrived

Bella has new inhabitant, Maxwell, a 4ish year old rescue from the RSPCA. 5 hours in, so early days, but he seems to be settling in.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Living in ice

What a fabulously cold winter. Finally. We have lived in thicker ice, but this is it for this morning, the end of 2014. Beautiful. The sunny days have been a boon to the solar panels and the dark clear nights have provided mystical mornings.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Going out for dinner

Yesterday evening was Pete's 'works do' - the Christmas dinner with his CRT team. It was in Braunston, so we decided to save on taxi fare and take our home to the dinner. We had a mooring immediately outside the pub, so didn't even have to use coats. What a hoot! The dinner food was awful, but all the wonderful camaraderie and the two afternoons cruising in glorious winter sunshine made it all more than worth it.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

And then there were two

Today Bella lost one of her inhabitants. RIP Josie. You are being sorely missed.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Back down Watford and tucked into home home

We like locks. We went down Watford today, the day before it closes for essential maintenance. One of the things we like is what grows inside them, the reducing water often exposing beautiful moss. In the autumn, gorgeous coloured leaves stick to the mud along the wall and the artist in us both grins.

Photos attached show the lock walls. Then there are shots of the working boars ready for Monday's works, the one near the bottom lock holding the new gates.

We're back in Weltonhythe now, probably tucked up for the winter. But the odd weekend cruise is not off the agenda at all.

Moored near Yelvertoft & a celebration

We were in Crick for a night. Lovely mooring, but terrible communications. We have rather got used to both being good now! So yesterday, we travelled a huge distance (not!), went a mile and a bit more north and stopped in Yelvertoft. Slightly better coms, a nicer mooring and a gorgeous day.

Elizabeth set to baking and Pete set to cleaning the chimney as it was so warm we let the fire go out.

By the evening, we had fresh olive & parmesan biscuits to have with our caviar, cream cheeses and Cava. A celebration was had! We start our eighth year aboard now, yesterday being the 7th anniversary of moving on board way back at Oxfordshire Narrowboats.  No regrets. Not for a moment.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

A last little weekend

We set out on an unseasonably warm and gorgeous Autumn day, heading north. We went through the gentle Watford locks, climbing up the seven, including a 4 lock staircase, to blue sky and dazzling colour. Through the Crick tunnel again - we've done it lots in the last year - and this time we're moored up past Bridge 12 opposite the garden centre.

News of the day is that it is so warm, we didn't want to light the stove. But we had to. The Christmas puddings need to steam!