Even though we were right next to the road very little in the way of traffic came past. A quick walk through Weston woods this morning, (very invigorating) before we even had any breakfast and then a decision to head for Weston-Super-Mare and PC World.
Two things were needed from this store. A 16 Gb micro sd card and a card reader for my computer.
The micro sd card was for updating the sat nav. When this Garmin tried to direct us down a single lane farm road because she (yes we have a temperamental female) thinks our place name is wrong and she knows best and then thinks we are driving across a field because she doesn't recognise that a new road has been built over 2 years ago and why is it she sometimes recognises a roundabout and some are invisible. That's when it was time to update the maps and the only way to do this was onto a micro sd card.
And I had to have a card reader because the computers sd slot was Kaput and I couldn't download my photos other than with a lead. For some reason, all my Raw files were ignored. As you lot well know. Me and my camera and I'm a happy bunny. Not being able to download the photos and I'm like a bear with a sore head! Anyway, both articles were purchased and while I went walkabout at Slimbridge (yes that was where we ended up today) Ian updated the Sat Nav.
The site we found was right by the Gloucester and Sharpness canal. In fact, we could hear the boat generators that's how close we were. Played havoc with the TV signal! Anyway, this was to be our last night out in the 'Beast'. Unfortunately, Ian did a stupid thing by bending over to tie his shoelace and couldn't straighten up afterwards! Reckoned he pulled a muscle in his back. Plenty of painkillers and anti-inflammatories taken and by this morning he was sort of mobile again. We decided not to do any more travelling but head back to FS.
The boat was freezing and my Chillie plant had withered and died through the cold. Heating went straight on (diesel and also the stove lit) so now as warm as toast. Next outing will be on Merlin when we fetch her from Great Hayward and take her back to Bunbury for Anglo Welsh. Looking forward to having Christmas afloat with a good friend of ours Pat. It's been several years since her husband died and she only now feels able to join us as previous trips had always included Keith. Should be fun.
Some photos of Slimbridge.
|Water Rail, apparently not a common visitor at Slimbridge|
|Never seen a Trumpet Swan before. This male lost its mate through Bronchitis and now awaits a new female|