Thursday, January 18, 2018

Windy At Whixall

Last night the wind howled and moved the boat  about on the water as the rain banged on the roof.......I was awake but Eric was  fast asleep. He's a bit deaf in one ear so that helps. I must have got some sleep when the weather calmed down.

The nasty bug going round certainly hit us for six. and ten days on I am feeling much better although Eric has a way to go the coughing has eased. The nurse at the doctor's said it's nothing to do with flu as no body aches or sore throats just a painful head  and totally bunged up feeling in the sinuses and a dreadful cough. We've certainly kept Kleenex in business.

We've been very pleased to have grocery deliveries after the Tesco driver rang to find out where we are. Ben the dog's had short walks around the marina or along the canal.....not that he minds he likes to lie by the fire and sleep!

Here at Whixall life is good....... coal and logs delivered to the boat by Phil or Darren to keep us warm and cosy. Friendly  neighbours who chat to you and help you out if you need it. We watch the changing seasons and the wild life in the marina. The only downside is the car never stays clean long with all the mud and puddles of the joys of living in the country.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

A Week In The Sick Boat

Actually the boat is fit and well. It's the crew that are sick suffering with a flu/ cold symptons including a totally bunged up feeling with  headaches, dry chesty coughs and drippy noses. I started it off earlier in the week and then Eric came down with it on Sunday. Hopefully we'll feel better soon. We've  both had the flu jabs which may or may not help us.

If all goes to plan we should get our Tesco delivery today.....fingers crossed we need more tissues! The delivery arrived after a phone call from the driver asking where we were.....all he had was the postcode! I rang Tesco online and asked them to add our correct address as listed on Royal Mail postcode/ address finder.

So we're well stocked with tissues and hoping to feel better soon! Well done Tesco all I ordered and no substitutions and a  cheerful driver who delivered to the boat.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Back On Our Floaty Home Again

This morning we left Newport and headed back home with Ben the dog. We stopped on the way for a comfort break for all three of us at Oakwood Country Park  outside Hereford. We went for a muddy walk in the Arboretum. There's  a lovely cafe with take out, so I had a lovely ham salad and Eric had a bacon and egg toastie. Ben the dog had two cut up sausages!  We had coffees too.

The journey went well with a few holdups where the car in front went 40mph regardless of the speed limits. We stopped in Wem at the Coop to get milk bread and something for tea.

Back onboard Ben was soon asleep. He copes better with carpets than hard floors where his back legs slip and he's like Bambi. This time he didn't  have to cope with stairs as a baby gate blocked off the stairs so he couldn't attempt to get upstairs and fall down them.

In the photo he's  tucking in to some treats. He did well for treats this Christmas  and says thank you to Paula and Clare.

The boat was pretty cold as the electricity post had tripped for some reason  but it soon warmed up with the Webasco diesel heater and the fire lit in the stove. The batteries  were down a bit but the battery charger soon sorted that.

I now have a washing mountain after two weeks in Newport  but I'll  start on it tomorrow.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas Over In A Flash

Guess who?

We're currently  still in Newport  looking after our granddaughter Gwenllian who is still on holiday from school. We're getting used to early mornings! She"s growing up fast though.

We've done the manic pre-Christmas food shopping  and then I cooked dinner for eight on Christmas day. I've been  converted to a using a steamer to cook the veg so this year the sprouts were just  right. Thanks Sally for the loan as you wouldn't  need it over Christmas.  The turkey was very good and we had some left for a curry and cold meat to go with chips. We tried a whole turkey for a change from Tesco as the use by dates were good.

Paula made delicious individual fudge and toffee Pavlovas  and we also had Christmas Pudding and brandy sauce for those with room to eat it. I forgot about the Christmas cake but we discovered it the next day.

Christmas morning started at 6.30am with Gwen setting her alarm to make sure she woke up! I love watching kids open their presents. We'd already had a pre- Christmas present opening at Sally and Dave's house as they would be away on Christmas day.  Granddaughter Scarlett opened her parcel quickly taking the clothes off the top to get to the Lego underneath.

Clare and her husband Ben had their presents early too as we wouldn't see them on Christmas day. Thanks for our lovely  presents everyone. Lots of edible presents too as storage living on a boat can be a problem. We had to try the lovely throw we were given so it's on the bed at Lisa's house where we're staying.

We visited Eric's sister Paula on Boxing day and she made a lovely spread of food. Time to catch up with family and Eric enjoyed reminiscing with his brother and sister. I always miss my brother and parents at Christmas, it's a time when families get together.

We'll Christmas is over for another year  but we enjoyed time with our families.  Back to the boat next week to recover!

The photo was Eric and Gwen in funny faces!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas from Eric, Elsie & Ben the dog. We're currently away from the boat and back in Wales for Christmas with the family.

The photo was taken with friends from Whixall Marina sharing a Christmas  meal. Highly recommended  too at the Castle Hotel in Wem. Thanks Phil for the photograph. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Snow And Ice At Whixall

A floodlit snow covered oak tree at Whixall (Eric)

It's looked very pretty but once the snow finally stopped falling the ice has been treacherous specially where it had been walked on. The piers themselves were clearly fairly easily  and gritted with a mixture of rock salt and grit.  To reach the canal by road meant walking along a frozen Alders  Lane so we found the spikes in a box on the boat and fastened them to our boots. Ben the dogs claws didn't do the job as well and Bambi comes to mind as he struggled to stay in his feet on slippery compacted ice.

Lots of the main country lanes have been cleared by the farmer's on their tractors. We may moan about mud on the roads meaning the car is usually dirty shortly after it's  been cleaned  but the farmers have kept the small roads cleared. Taking Ben for a walk along the canal has been fun and he hasn't minded having his coat on and walking in the snow

The marina froze solid and the boat made noises when we  moved onboard until a small gap between the hull and the ice formed. The water to the piers has been shut off before the temperature  went down to minus 7 but our tanks were full so we've  been ok.

Yesterday we had a problem with water pressure and then the water pump wouldn't turn off but after releasing the pressure release  valve on the calorifier  it turned off when the taps were turned off. Not before we had the kitchen cupboard contents out to get at the pump under the cupboard false floor to check for leaks. Eric also made sure the air hole above the water level in the water tank was cleared of ice as there may have been a pressure build up in the tank as the filler cap to the tank was extremely difficult to undo. Anyway one of the things he did solved the problem but we don't  know how.

Today after a warmer night the iced water looks to be melting. So hopefully the roads will be better and we'll be able to get out in the car to get some shopping. The post was delivered yesterday so things must have improved. The local schools reopen today too. We had most things but would have run out of bread if Phil the marina manager hadn't got us a loaf at the Coop in Wem when he went to get some chips at lunchtime in his 4x4. There wasn't any milk on the shelves as the deliveries had not got through so we were glad of me using coffeemaker and leaving the  milk  for Eric's cups of tea.

So we'll escape today after five days here. Let's  hope it' not too slippery on the roads......I don't  know whether Eric's had skid training. Keep warm and safe and enjoy your day.