Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Escape From The Paint Shed

 A view fom the stern, we love the sign writing by Robin 

From the bow, the cratch will be refitted later

Today we finally escaped from  Aqueduct Marina with our very shiny new paint job. Unsure of whether we liked the finished colours  as it's  very different from blue with just a mustard coachline. It's  growing on us. I thought I'd better take some photos before it gets bashed in the locks on the Llangollen Canal  as the side weirs  don't  make it easy to get in the locks unscathed. Aqueduct Marina is another windy marina so we were pleased to wake up to just a breeze.

I've been busy making a new set of curtains for the boat after ten years the others were faded. I am pleased to say the interior of the boat had been cleaned  ........I was dreading the dust after the shot blasting.  I covered everything inside in plastic sheeting  which had to  be removed leaving a clean boat. Eric had issues with his dirty engine which he had asked them to cover while the work was done, but after a complaint it was all expertly cleaned. An excellent paint job though and we're  very pleased with Phil the painters expertise.

Ben the dog is happy to be out of the marina as its easier to get off the boat when there's grass to land on.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Sign Writer's Busy Today

On Monday we made a trip to Whitchurch for reviews at the doctor's, we'd  planned to be back afloat by then. All sorted with no fuss and we have two months medication sorted  for our Summer trip out on the cut.

We also visited our boat in the paint sheds at Aqueduct and we're extremely pleased with our shiny boat. The painter was due to finish on Wednesday and the sign writer was due to be there on Wednesday and Thursday.  He rang with a few queries and told us he did the sign writing when our boat was new ten years ago. So it is nearly done and we'll  have to be patient a  little longer.

On Wednesday  our day started earlier than planned when Eric had a really  bad pain in his chest and collapsed on the bathroom floor. To cut a long story short  the ambulance came in ten minutes and we had a day out in A&E and he was thoroughly checked out.  It was angina but still very frightening.

So we're  still waiting but we should hear from Aqueduct very soon. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Another Week Gone By

We're  into the sixth week waiting for the paint job to be completed and a few other  jobs done including sorting out the tiller  bearing. Aqueduct phoned to check on the size of the panels with the boat's name on so hopefully it won't  be too much longer.

We've  been up to Goytre Wharf a small marina on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.  We were reminiscing as over thirty  years ago we had a little Norman Cruiser moored in this marina. It was very basic and more like camping on a boat. Water had to heated on a camping gaz  portable camping stove and the loo was more like a covered bucket. But we had some fun with our three small children!

On Sunday we went to Porthcawl to see the  sea, the Bristol Channel's water is nothing like the blue/green water in Cornwall but it was nice to see the waves and walk along the promenade. There's also a lovely fish and chip shop opposite the park so we had to have some. We sat on a bench watching the  world go by  as we ate our lunch. Ben likes fish so he helped me eat mine.

Back in Newport  we had a Sunday Roast at teatime and  we were  stuffed.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Different Boats In Cwmbran

At the boating lake were many lovely model boats moving gently on the water.  Another lovely sunny day for walking the dog. Ben enjoyed the children giving him a stroke.

Ben was left for a few hours last night with Lila for company while we went to my uncle Dave's 90th birthday party in the Sergeant's  Mess at Raglan Barracks.  A chance to see family we usually  only see at funerals also or the occasional wedding.

We've  not been busy this week although  the staff at Tredegar  House have been pleased when we walked the dog in the lovely grounds as they get  £5 everytime they scan our National Trust Membership cards towards the upkeep of Tredegar House.

Shepherd's pie in the oven cooking for Sunday Lunch after that we're  just having a lazy afternoon.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Back In Newport Just Waiting!

The journey back from Cornwall to Newport was amazing with no traffic jams or delays. We stopped at the services to give Ben time to stretch his legs. Time for coffee for us and a toilet break.

We're currently staying at our daughter Lisa's house at the moment. My  cough and cold has finally eased so hopefully it'll  be gone soon. I hope I haven't shared it with Lisa and Gwen. I've  already passed a cold onto Eric!

We were hoping the  work on the boat would be finished by the 8th of May but it's not going to happen. It's going to be another two weeks later. It's primer grey at the moment but Aqueduct have promised to keep us informed.

Today we went for a walk in the grounds of Tredegar  House  with Ben the dog and then I went and had a haircut in Joseph's in Newport as it's  a no appointment salon.  I even did a bit of shopping mainly because the strap of my shoulder bag  parted company with my  bag so I bought myself a new one.  Luckily the contents of the bag did not end up all over the floor in Debenham's.