Thursday, January 26, 2017

Good Morning

We've  been  back  on the boat  nearly a week  and I've been trying to get those jobs you put off done. Yesterday I  actually  cleaned the oven, not my favourite job but it's  done.  I shocked Eric by making a fruit cake too. 

I've  finally conquered the  washing  mountain and done the necessary  ironing  although I  think  it's really a waste of time  as the shirts come out of the wardrobe creased anyway. As it's  jumper wearing weather  it doesn't matter as only the collar shows.

In fact we've  had a quiet week  after a busy ten days in Newport. Ben the dog has been getting  us out everyday regardless of the weather although it's  been particularly  muddy on the towpaths. Today it's  going to be cold outside so I am still contemplating  getting out of my warm bed. As soon as Ben hears me in the shower  he'll want to go out for a wee!

The snowdrops have started  flowering in one of  the marina flowerbeds. We must go and see if the ones in the church grounds at Llantysilio  are in flower yet near Horseshoe Falls on the River Dee not far from  Llangollen.   

Well, I need to get up. Enjoy your day, count your blessings, at least we've  got to be old  although no one tells you about the aches and pains!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Farewell To Les Biggs

Yesterday morning I checked  the blogs as I do most mornings over breakfast and saw Jaq's post with  the dates at the top and realised Les had passed away. I couldn't  stop the tears.

He was such  lovely man, he was one of the first friendly people we met when we embarked on this life afloat in 2007. Since then we followed his love story as he met and fell in love with Jaq  and they got through all the red tape and they married. We've  followed their blog as they bravely told their story with no holds barred. Our paths have crossed occasionally over the years and the last time  was in April 2012 near Prees Junction, I hadn't  realised five years had gone by.

Now his story has ended, his pain is over but I feel Jaq's pain as do the rest of the boating community. Once you'd met him you wouldn't  forget him.  Our thoughts are with you Jaq and your families.x

Les and Jaq (April 2012)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Just A Little Bit Of Snow

We  left our boaty home on Wednesday morning leaving a  heater on low  due to the  forecast cold weather. We always seem to forget  something and this time it was our  hats. In the  past we've forgotten  shirts and had to buy some. It reminds me of the time  as a  family  we went on holiday and left our costs hanging by the door so we needed to buy five  coats when  we arrived  in North Wales.

We stopped  at the  arboretum  outside  Hereford for some  lunch and a walk with  Ben  the  dog........with the  wind it was really  cold and  Eric  ended up with leaves  on his head. Few dogwalkers  were out and no children as it was a school  day and  far too cold for the younger  ones.  

A quick stop  to shop at Marks and Spencer in Newport Retail Park to pick up an ordered  shirt for Eric as you can only get  the longer  length  shirts online. I ordered some jeans  for me too  to get the right length  and size.

We arrived  at Lisa's house and the car was soon emptied and the  dogs  running  around the garden. Tea was from the nearest  fish and chip shop. Our granddaughter Gwen soon had her grandad helping her with her puzzle book. 

On Wednesday  we attended my uncle Ivor's funeral and he had a very  nice send off. At the nearby country club we had  time to  catch up  with relatives  we only seem to see  at weddings  and funerals.  It's  worrying  when  you realise  the older ones  are dwindling and you become  the oldest ones in the family. We were chatting about funeral music and thought 'Help' a Beatles song would be a good one as the curtains close around the coffin.

Last night we met up with Eric's brother Robin, his girlfriend  Juls and his sister  Paula  for a meal at the Cedar  Tree  near Ikea  in Cardiff. First of all I thought  we were  going  to Ikea for meatballs  when Robin said Ikea but it was the restaurant near Ikea.

Today Lisa's off to San Francisco  on a trip with Sally while  Eric and I look after Gwen and the dog for a few days. So today we're off mud larking down Tredegar  House  Country  Park trying to keep Lila the sprocker  from getting  too dirty.......she loves mud and puddles so she may end up in the  bath!

After a few  unsuccessful  attempts I managed to upgrade my phone so the blog can now  have pictures. I couldn't get blogger  to upload  photos on my tablet and I rarely take a camera and it needs to be plugged in via USB to get the photos off the camera on the  laptop.  In the end it was easier to order the upgrade online and  pick it up in store after arriving at a store  to find they didn't  have the phone  I wanted  or they had one but someone else had ordered it so I couldn't  have  it.

Gwen in her school uniform
Òops I nearly forgot we did have ten minutes of snow which just  covered the top of  the car but it was soon gone!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

It's January 2017

I was very boring sleeping through  the strike of midnight by Big Ben in London but Eric told me the fireworks were amazing when he got into bed. I sleepily wished him a Happy New Year. We obviously didn't have noisy fireworks near us in the marina so Ben the dog wasn't freaked out.

Life goes on NB Bendigedig the Christmas tree is now on the bow of the boat in it's little pot minus the decorations and the boat looks a little bare after the sparkly lights. No pine needles to clean up as it was well watered. It continues to get a good soak with the rain we've had today.

It's been cold the last few days going down to minus 6 degrees so the boat was frozen in and we woke to creaks as we moved until the ice loosened it's hold. The marina was well and truly frozen with no water on the pontoons as it was turned off and anyway the pipes were frozen. As it thawed there were leaks so it had to be turned off again. The boat's water tank holds a fair bit so we can still shower or use the  marina facilities which still have running water.

A few evenings ago water was in abundance as a burst in the  loft above the empty top flat caused it to flood and the flat below it too. A phone call to Phil and the water was turned off but I can't imagine the water damage in the flats.

So dog walking has been on wet and soggy or crisp and frozen ground but we've still had our walks. Ben the dog is fine enjoying being back on the boat where he's safe from Lila Lisa's spaniel who was feeling very frisky over Christmas. Our Ben wasn't interested .....just as well as nobody wanted collie/ sprocker puppies!