Thursday, October 19, 2006

Dodging The Rain

A Rainbow Picture (By Eric)

We went out today to Roath Park. We dodged the rain by sheltering under a big tree and Eric took this photograph of the lake with a huge rainbow in the sky. The original photo was clearer but far too big a file for the blog. Very few people were out walking- the weather must have put them off.
As soon as we started to walk around the lake the geese followed us as they obviously recognised the blue bag contained food! I fed them and I still have all my fingers! We managed to walk around the lake, without getting wet. After that we headed home for some lunch and a lazy afternoon reading boater's blogs and watching TV. Oh the joy of being retired! Sorry no boat news yet!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

How Do You Upload Photos? (I Did It!!)

They're coming to get me! (photo by Eric)

I have spent hours trying to upload a few photos but have had no joy! I have read all the help files about it but still can't get it to work so I admit defeat for today anyway. What a way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
An hour later and I tried again and it worked- yippee! So that is why there is a picture of Roath Park geese here! I did intend them to be by the blog where I mentioned Roath Park, but it won't let me add pictures to an earlier blog for some unknown reason.

Roadpro finally delivered the parcel on Friday, they were waiting for the satellite dish to come in- they could have told us , we don't like staying in waiting days for parcels. So now we have all we need for TV on the boat. All we need now is our narrowboat!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Delay In Starting Our Boat

Well we finally got in touch with the boatbuilder only to be told the boat has not been started as he had some welders leave. The base plate has gone down today and the shell should be complete in three weeks. This puts the expected delivery date back to January 2007, but we don't mind as we planned to be in Newport for Christmas anyway. So we are still waiting to see the completed shell and then pay the next stage payment, as you are invoiced on completion of each stage of the build.
We did consider a Lees Narrowboat last year and I am so glad we chose the Anderton from Northwich Boats. Artie Chalmers was very helpful when it came to planning the extras we wanted and continues to be easy to talk to. They have added a new boat to their range. It's a back galley/front bedroom option which was on view at Beale Park, but we felt the Anderton gave us a more open boat and although the same length, it seemed more spacious. I am writing this as I wait for the delivery of our Kerstan satellite dish from Roadpro. Unfortunately they do not give a specific day for delivery, so maybe we'll get it today! As you can see I have just discovered hyperlinks!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Another Week's Gone By

Another week has gone by and no news from the boatbuilder. It's only five weeks since we went to the boat show but it seems much longer. If you saw 'Esther' at the boat show then that's built by Northwich Boat Company, who are our boatbuilders. There was also a monthly write up in 'Canals and Rivers' on the building of Esther, which made good reading as the new owners are delighted with their new boat, and have nothing but praise for the boatbuilders.
We have bought the washer drier we need for the boat. It's a Candy because their water consumption is lower than other machines, which is worth consideration when you have to fill up with water from water points. After sufing the net to find a good deal, I have also ordered a 17 inch LCD TV which runs on 12 volts or 240 volts which will be great for the boat too. All we have to get now is a satellite dish as we already have a sky digibox and a freesat card.
We have trying to improve our fitness in readiness for our new life by daily walks in various parts of our local area- south Wales. It has been strange being out and about when the children are back in school. Porthcawl in term time is over run with the silver haired brigade- many on mobility scooters whizzing around with music blaring! But it hasn't stopped us enjoying a long walk along the promenade and the weather has been lovely.
Roath Park in Cardiff has also provided us with a good place for a nice long walk, there's even entertainment from the ducks, geese and swans, as long as you duck when the geese decide to all take off together- what a row too! The swans provided the usual bottoms up entertainment and the geese waddled by hoping to be fed.
I do miss the daily routines working in a school brings and the daily contact with the children and staff at the Milton Infants School. So last week I went for a quick visit to catch up with all the news and was there for two hours. I had loads of hugs off the children and they all wanted to know about the boat! I told them it was still being built and told them I would put pictures on my blog when I had taken some. Hopefully we'll hear from the boatbuilders soon as we're dying to visit the boat and take some pictures.