Okay so I,m sad! I just love royal weddings. All that pomp and ceremony. Anyway we eventually got off the dock by 10am and the first thing I made Ian do was to put the aerial up! Out came the bunting and I bullied Ian into putting that up too. Then I settled down with a cup of tea and stayed on my chair until the wedding was over. Ian cleaned the boat roof while it was going on. Hes not one for all that soppy stuff. I'm quite glad really because it meant I didn't have to do it!! I loved Kate's dress but her sister Pippa's dress was amazing. Oh to have a figure as gorgeous as that. Ian happened to come in when the bridesmaid appeared and watching Pippa was the only bit he was interested in. I wonder why? So... its all over now. Bunting is down. ( couldn't stand the noise with it blowing in the wind ) and now we sit and wait for the call to Milton Keynes to our son and daughter-in-law to say our third grandson is on its way. Due date is May 5th. Also our anniversary so its one date I wont forget!
- Ian and Irene Jameison
- 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.
Thursday, 28 April 2011
Three coats of bitumen, two coats of gloss on gunwales and counter, the diamond decorations on the front of the boat repainted, meant the boat was ready to be re floated in record time. Today we titivated and completed small things like revarnishing the cratch and painting the boat poles just to give me something to do. The fenders are now on and all we need to do tomorrow is tidy the dock area. Im hoping the lads John and Mike will get us off early so I can watch " The Wedding" There has been no TV for the time we have been in the dock so I have havent seen anything of the run up to the event. Somehow I dont think they will be here much before 9 am and by the time they do get us refloated the procedings will be well underway.
Monday, 25 April 2011
6.30am. I hate getting up so early but the dogs needed walking and sometimes it pays of. The mist was rising on the river and everywhere looked peaceful. Then I spied the rubbish littering the grass. I suspect foxes to be the culprit although there may be a few lazy individuals who couldn't be bothered to walk to another rubbish bin. I then became aware of something that looked like a body bag lying on the ground.
Saturday, 23 April 2011
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Its the sort of day today that started very foggy and then turned gloriously hot and sunny. Ian prepared the gunwale's ready for painting and I was in my normal spot on the front of the boat fishing. I happened to look between the boat and the bank and there basking in the sun was a newt. This is the first newt I have seen in the canal. We have loads in our pond in the garden at Sandiacre but I would have thought the fish would have eaten any that strayed in the canal. I believe its a common newt and not one of the endangered crested type. I'm sure if I'm wrong someone will let me know. The new British waterway wildlife survey has started www.waterscape.com/wildlifesurvey and it asks to put down what is living in and around the waterways of the UK. I took part last year and was kept up to date with their findings. This will now be my first entry.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
After the boat had disappeared down onto the river, yet another BW bloke appeared. This time pulling a rowing boat. Ian went along to help and found out that it also belonged to the "dosser " boat. Getting it past the moored boats was going to be difficult and the boat was to heavy to lift out of the water. So Ian produced some wood to make a paddle and the BW guy got in and paddled it to the lock. This to me was the funniest sight I had seen in ages. As the oar was made from any old piece of wood, he couldn't seem to make it go in the direction he wanted ending up heading straight for one of the house boats moored opposite.
Monday, 18 April 2011
Ian arrived back at the Marina at 5.30pm. He should have been here hours ago but security at the airport, missing his train and then the bus meant we left later then planned. My stay here has been very pleasant and the added bonus was having a curry every night. ( Ian cant stand them so when he's away I have my curry fix.) We made it to Stenson and I was very surprised that we managed to get a mooring, Ian treated me to a meal at the Bubble and it certainly lived up to its reputation of huge portions. Next day we arrived at Sawley and met up with our old cruising partners Dennis and Margaret on their boat " Icing ". We have arranged to dry dock the boat at Kingfishers by Trent Lock over the Easter holiday and as well as Icing and our boat, Dave and Heather on Bracken will also be joining us. In the meantime we will wait by the dock until we can get on next Friday.
I couldn't resist in taking this photo This is Jade hogging all the bed. Judy had to make do with curling up by the fire. I'm sure the dogs have a better time of it then us and so I want to come back as a pampered pouch in my next life. I have started Judy on the Metacam and after two days have already seen some improvement. Long may it continue.
This Lapwing put in an appearance early this morning. The focus isn't right. Couldn't keep the camera still for long enough. I blame it on the eyes not working properly and the excess of wine the night before, but you can still just see what it is.
Thursday, 14 April 2011
One will see all sorts when biding ones time. After two days of scrubbing ( no rude remarks please!!!) the inside of the boat was as clean as I could get it. Amazing what a few months of soot from the fire will bring. You should of seen the muck that came from the ceiling. Anyway I decided I needed a well earned break and sat outside for a while watching the world go by. In the distance I spied a huge crane. I was convinced that a boat was arriving by lorry to be craned in at the marina. I was not wrong. I grabbed my camera and waited for the lift to begin. Took ages for them to get going and then when they did it was over in a few seconds. (Again no rude comments!! Unless its from the lady's!)
In the background are the Classic Shakespeare hire fleet. As our boat is moored directly opposite them I have watched them coming and going with some amusement. One thing I have noticed is that the staff moving the boats seem to have little or no respect to us berth holders. Its either dead slow or flat out with nothing in between. I just wonder if when the hirer's come to take them out, they are told to slow down passed moored boats. I think not!!!!
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Sunday, 10 April 2011
Fair bit of wind blew yesterday so reversing into our allocated mooring at Mercia was a little difficult to say the least. Of course we were being watched by all and sundry enjoying the tea rooms at the marina but Ian, with a lot of forward and aft, managed the manoeuvre successfully. The cost for our week here is just over £51 which I didn't think was to bad. Electric hook up is of course charged extra and we purchased a card for £5. Somehow I don't think we will use it all. We've already been here 24hours and have only used 60p. As I'm of to Milton Keynes tomorrow and only the fridge will be on, the next person to use this mooring will have a pleasant surprise.
Saturday, 9 April 2011
Friday, 8 April 2011
Today has been glorious. Got a touch of sunburn so had to cover up as the picture shows. Boy was I hot!! As I couldn't find my linen long sleeved shirt I had to make do with my fleece.
The journey today has been very difficult. Something has happened to our skeg. Right turns are fine but to try and move the tiller to go left is almost impossible. Ian went down the weed hatch again to see if he had missed something when he cleared the prop the other day. Nothing was found. He can only surmise that when he reversed to go into our mooring at Sandiacre he hit something solid under the water and that may have bent the steel. Thank goodness we are dry docking her over Easter and then we will see exactly what we've done.
Heading into Mercia Marina tomorrow so no more battling with the tiller for a week.
Thursday, 7 April 2011
Finally our day of departure. Seems like we've been moored here for ever. We still had to wait until BW knocked of at 4pm because the crane boat was across the lock gates. Some of the coping stones had been put in place and as the pointing was so near to the waters edge we only opened one paddle in case the sudden rush of water washed all the cement away. ( BW would have loved that!!!!!) Hopefully it will be all finished when we next get back in a couple of weeks.
Hybrids or true breed? That is the question!!
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Ian Norma Dad & meSo...... Wednesday 6th, and here we are still at Sandiacre. We had a trip to Eastbourne during our stay, to see my Dad and step mum. The weather was good and being a Sunday had very little traffic to contend with. There was the usual M1 road works stretching for mile upon mile and the same applied to the M25 ( anti clock wise ) but we got there in the end. Took just under 4 hours. We stayed until Monday and then headed of to Milton Keynes to visit the family. The journey back took considerable longer!!!!!! Ian decided to fork left off of the A27 and then realised his mistake. Unfortunately there was no slip road to take us back onto the duel carriageway so we ended up heading for Brighton. That was a nightmare!! We had no map with us so all we could do was to keep going and hope for a signpost to take us back to the A27. Brighton was at a standstill ( or so it seemed ). Eventually after crawling at 1 mph for nearly an hour we found a sign for the M23/M25. At last we were on the right road. After 5 hours we finally arrived at our sons, and after a quick cup of tea set of back to Sandiacre. It had been a long day and I was ever so pleased to sit down with a nice glass of red wine!
Tuesday was the usual round of Doctors, blood tests and vets. Judy has been put on Metacam which I can start to give her in 10 days time. The other drugs have got to leave her system before she can go on it so I'm hoping that this drug will do the trick and she will act like a puppy again. Watch this space!!!
So today was just finishing jobs around our bungalow. Ian has painted the soffit boards and I have done a bit of gardening. Tomorrow we leave for Mercia Marina. Ian is of to Sweden for a week with his old firm and I'm on standby because no. 3 grandson is due any day and I will have to look after Oscar while Colin and Iwona are in hospital. Mad dash to Milton Keynes again!!! We thought it would be easier all round if we were in a marina and plugged into their electrics. If the "mad dash" is delayed then I'm going to blitz the boat and have a good spring clean.
Saturday, 2 April 2011
Maybe I should think back to my early days and what I got up to but I don't think our generation was as destructive as this generation. BW left their crane boat tied to the opposite bank which is great because the youths cant get to it but to leave ""Defra rash" surrounding the site was asking for trouble. Two of the society members found most of it thrown into the canal so out came the boat hooks to recover it . Not a lot more can be done except leave it on the side. To remove it could cause problems especially if someone falls in, and after all it is put up for a reason but I expect the majority of it will be back in the canal tomorrow just in time for the first boats leaving to have it wrapped round their prop!
One of the smaller boats to make it to Sandiacre!!!
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