Hmmmm.... so we are very pleased with the way our cowl is performing, no more smoke billowing from the stove into the boat but now we have another problem, lots of tar! Our wood is well seasoned, at least 2 years old so one would have thought it relatively tar free. Appears not as it is accumulating on the cowl and as the wind swings the sail bit around, it drips over the roof, sides and cratch cover, so Ian is racking his brains as to how he can overcome this. Maybe an idea from another boater perhaps??? Anyway at the moment we wash down on a daily basis but what a complete pain especially as it's blooming freezing outside!
Talking of freezing, we headed off to Cumbria over the weekend for a visit with Chris and Sue. Chris was Ian's best man back in 1973 and over the years had lost touch, only to meet up again a few years ago. So when the invite came for us all to meet up we jumped at the chance of spending some quality time with them. Not knowing what to expect, only being told to bring warm gear, we were amazed at how lovely their place was. An old Smithy and piggery that they had converted many years ago and now was a property to be proud of. With 3 acres set in a hamlet of about 7 property's, one pub about 5 minute walk away and a small stone road bridge with the river running underneath, the setting was idyllic. Sooooo quiet and hardly any light pollution. The cottage was lovely and warm but the outside temperatures..... brrrrr.. cold enough for it to snow and form ice especially on the hills.
Over the three day visit we were taken to the Wildlife Wetlands at Caerlaverock
, the Roman Ruins at Vindolanda
and lastly Hadrian's Wall
, all of which photos will be posted at the bottom of this post. Be warned, there are quite a few!!!
Leaving yesterday afternoon, it took us nearly 4.5 hours to get home. Had a blizzard to go through which made the conditions a bit hairy (almost a white out) and we did have a 20 minute stop to admire the Angel of the North.
Getting back to FS we got the diesel heater going, then the stove was lit and finally the kettle put to boil. Took nearly an hour before I would take my coat off, such was the temperature inside FS and getting into a freezing bed last night....well say no more!
So now for the photos I warned you about. First the wetlands, (more will be posted on my wildlife blog)
|Whooper, Bewick and Mute swans|
|Feeding time although the birds are completely wild and come and go as they please.|
|Young whooper in the wrong place for the adults liking.|
Vindolanda Roman ruins
|Ian, Chris and Sue|
|Ian and Sue|
|Then the snow arrived|
|Thar's snow on them Thar hills|
And Hadrian's Wall
|The wall runs along the top and into the distance.|
|Chris posing on top.|
Some of the Northumberland views
|Walking to another section of the Wall|
|And there it is again|