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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Mystery of TV interference

It had to be solved.  After all, not knowing why and what was the cause of the TV picture freezing and breaking up was driving me crackers. So last night we tried an experiment. Ian removed the ferrite ring and then while it was still light, on went the TV. As it got darker the street lights came on and the picture stayed stable. Then the basin lights came on and still the picture behaved itself. Nothing happened for ages and I was beginning to wonder if we had dreamt it all when suddenly the TV went haywire. The picture kept pixelating and then froze completely. Both of us looked out towards the Great Northern pub and there, shinning down on the pubs smoking area, was a huge security type spotlight. As soon as that went out our TV picture came back. So it looks as if we may have discovered the reason and now all we have to do is have a word with the landlord to see if the light can be fixed.

Spent today varnishing a cabinet and painting ducks! Ian has made a small cabinet which we will fill with our glasses. It's been a right pain getting a glass out for beer or wine as the only place to store them was at the back of the kitchen cupboard below the worktop. Have to get down on the knees to get to them and as my knees are not particularly good, I was beginning to think I might go teetotal! The only place for the cabinet was by the front doors and I must say once it's had another coat of varnished to make it look like oak and match the rest of the wood, it's going to look brilliant.

With the varnishing only taking 15 minutes I started on the ducks. They have been majestically lording it over the roof of our boat for years (mounted on the omni aerial) and needed a bit of TLC. I also gained another two ducks on our return from Miltom Keynes by fishing them out of one of the locks so they too needed painting.


Definitely in need of some TLC

And after

Took most of the afternoon to do and apart from still having to finish painting the Drake's body, all that's now needed is a coat of varnish to protect them from the elements.

Took these two photos with my macro lens. The tiny bug and I mean tiny (no bigger then the point of a pin) crawled off of one of the ducks. Not as clear as I would like but the thing didn't stop moving. Anyway I think you can just about see the detail.

It's crawling over the Towpath Telegraph. Amazing detail of the paper.

A visitor to the bird feeder. Not one thats been before.

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