Thursday, November 26, 2015

Another Week's Gone By

Nothing much happening at Whixall Marina, it can be very quiet when the cold weather keeps people indoors other than dog owners of course. Ben has been making sure we get plenty of fresh air every few hours. In the morning we get up and do the dog walk although most days he has to be coaxed to keep him going. He doesn't mind having his tablets as long as they are wrapped in ham and when he sees me get them out he's there waiting. 

On Sunday we ended up doing a quick trip to Newport as Eric's eye was sore and needed to see a doctor. in Newport it's a walk in morning surgery so it was worth the drive and the overnight stay at our daughter Clare's house.  All sorted so we travelled back on Monday.

We've had a trip to Wrexham to finish off the Christmas shopping, we hope Ben didn't howl while we out! We also has fish and chips  as it just happened to be lunch time....very nice too. A month until Christmas  but before that we have dental appointments in Newport as I need a filling.

Today Eric's been busy repairing a broken wire on the Mikuni which meant it had no power. All fixed now and having a trial run, the radiators are toasty. The engine also had an hour's run too and this time no leaks. Just filled the water tank but we can't top up the diesel tank as the pump here at Whixal is still out of order. A lazy afternoon is on the cards. Ben is currently snoozing.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Back Afloat In Windy Whixall

We returned to the boat on Wednesday stopping on the way up in Hereford to get some food to keep us going until we did a proper shop. Ben the dog watered the carpark trees in Asda car park. The boat was soon warmed up with the flick of a switch to turn on the central heating. Next job to light the fire and  soon Ben was stretched out asleep by the fire.

Yesterday we didn't go far, Eric cleaned the car and I cleaned the hairy boat. We took Ben for a short walk up the Prees Arm as far as the second lift bridge before he didn't want to go any further and we turned around. Other than that we all had  a lazy afternoon on the boat.

Today we went in to Ellesmere for a walk by the Mere before we did the shopping at Tesco as the fridge and freezer needed replenishing. I popped in the vet's to pay the bill and get them to sign the form to send to More Than for the Pet Insurance for a refund less their deductions.

While we were away the coolie hat made an escape into the cut but everything else was fine as Eric had played safe and removed the life ring and satellite dish. He bungied down the plank, boat hook and pole. The pot of lavender was still on the pier too. We'd moved the boat so that the wind blew us towards the pier rather than away from it in the wind. 

I must dig out the scarves, hats and gloves if it's going to be cold this weekend.At present the boat is toasty and the sun is shining through the windows. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Back In Newport

On Tuesday we made the trip to Leahurst with Ben the dog and we saw the lovely vet who treated him eighteen  months ago. He's now back on steroids and antibiotics which will hopefully  help. This time his balance and coordination is worse but he's not lost any weight so is not so ill. They've taken blood and we have to go back in four weeks. 

On Thursday we picked up our new car a Kia C'eed  and we're delighted with it as is Ben the dog because it's the flat boot estate version and it's not so far the jump in. As an ex demonstrator the price was good too. The Freelander demonstrated it's disgust when the rear window motor failed on the rear door and the radio wouldn't work either. As the Kia is an automatic it took a while to get used to not using a clutch but I'm converted it's so easy to drive.

Our first trip was down to Newport with the final house clearance to do as well as the dental checkups and picking up our prescriptions to keep us going for the next three months. I also made a start on the Christmas shopping using M&S website and the collect at store service. The items were boxed or bagged ready to be collected. It's definitely an easier way to do the shopping.

We've done the last tip run and charity shop trip run today so we're just waiting with fingers crossed for the house sale to go through without a hitch. It was weird seeing the house ready to sell, I felt a little sad too.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

A Catch Up Post

Good morning, haven't been blogging as nothing much going on here unless you count the quantity of tissues being used. Eric came back from Wales with a cold and kindly passed it on to me.  I ended up with a nasty cough with the streaming nose which is finally easing.

The days have been pretty ordinary as boating goes with no boating planned until after the winter we're sitting here being buffeted by the wind and rainy weather. We've managed to get Ben the dog to do a short walk every day but it's not being easy getting him off the boat. We moved to a pier where there's a large area to land on but he's not interested in jumping off so often has to be lifted onto the pier. Walks are pretty wobbly as are his movements on the boat but he's coping,  his appointment is on Tuesday at Leahurst and hopefully they will be able to help him.

We're enjoying our nice new carpet although Ben has already christened when he was sick but it soon cleaned up. He must have eaten his food too quickly as he soon ate the refilled bowl of food  and was ok. It's good not having a puddle under the bed from the leaky calorifier.......but we still check when we put the bed away for the day. We could leave it out but the five foot width restricts the passageway.

Nothing else happening other than the usual household chores, washing, cooking, cleaning as well as the filling and emptying. Ironing is a very rare occasion! We've been shopping in Ellesmere and Whitchurch to keep the cupboard, fridge and freezer well stocked.

The fuel pump at Whixall Marina is now set at 60/40 and 94p a litre which means unless the office is open  (usually 9-10am 4-5pm Wednesday to Friday and 9-10am 3.30-4.30pm on Saturday) you have no choice if you need fuel. 

Quite a few new faces in the marina, some are new residential moorers others here for the Winter because at least you have water, electricity, pump out or elsan at hand as well as a supply of coal, wood, gas and kindling when the office is open. There's also showers, toilets and a laundry which is more than you get on a CaRT winter mooring. Welcome to the new's great to see some new faces as we've always got something to talk about being boaters.