Sunday, 9 March 2014
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Friday, 7 March 2014
You don't know me. I live in Northern Ireland.
I have a mild interest in canal boats. My wife and I have friends who live near Foxton Locks. Every time we visit, I insist on going there.
I follow a few canal boat blogs, but yours is top of the list. I have read your complete blog from the very start. I like the way you write and the way you act, you say what you mean and mean what you say.
You stopped blogging for a while and I greatly missed your blogs, I’m glad you are back !
This is completely out of character for me to email someone I don't even know. I don't know if this is even a current email address for you. Maybe I’ll get a mention in your blog. Maybe not.
Anyway, keep up the blog, keep up the good work and maybe, just maybe, I will meet you sometime at Foxton.
All the best
So a water leak on the Daventry Road finally came to the attention of the water company. They sent their ‘soldiers’ along to fix what was really a trickle down the bank and into the canal.
So the troops set to digging up the pavement to access the leak so it could be repaired. Well, I don’t know if they found the leak they came to find, but they found a bigger one. ‘Twere fecking huge!
Needless to say the ‘treasure hunters’ retreated back to the relative dryness of their van whilst waiting for reinforcements.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Travel along any canal and one is likely to come across places where the offside vegetation extends quite some distance out into the canal. Often over half the width of the canal.
So one would think that when a boater is preparing to moor up he might avoid such places rather than force other boaters to run through a slalom, but no they all seem to moor without thought. This particular chap moored between two patches of overgrowth.
Then there is the chap who insists on mooring on a bend.
What a fabulous day it has been. I took my cratch cover to have the damage from last years Harecastle event repaired. Later Mort Bones came to visit with Boots. Molly and Boots are always so pleased to see each other. Then Ronnie Paine came to replace one of my cover zips. She used a zip recycled from an old tent. Wonderful job!
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
…….what is difficult to understand about the 8 til 8 rule. If you are having trouble with it let me explain. Between the hours of 8 pm and 8 am it is not good form to run your engine or generator. You may not be able to hear it whilst watching your TV but those of us that don’t have time to watch TV or don’t even have a TV can hear it. We find it annoying that you turn your engine/generator on while we are trying to finish a painting or working on a poem or magazine article or writing the next page.
Now you might say why do we have to work at night? The answer is simple BECAUSE IT’S QUIETER YOU MORON!
If you must run your engine/generator at night go out into the middle of nowhere and do it. Alternatively you could get a smaller TV (you cannot seriously need that 40 inch monstrosity on a boat) or you could get your system fixed, but please don’t run it near others or it may end up in the canal.
Monday, 3 March 2014
Last night I moored up at Crick in the pouring rain. I awoke this morning to glorious sunshine streaming through the window. Molly was eager for a walk and we set off down the towpath. On the way back we detoured to the village shop where I bought some bacon and bread having run out a few days ago. Back on the boat I fixed a bacon butty before setting off on my way.
The sun was fab all the way down to the junction. Then shortly after turning right to the tunnel the heavens opened And I got drenched. I was pissed because I could see the sunny sky over Braunston.
I entered the tunnel wringing wet. Someone was coming the other way. As we passed he asked if it was raining. “Yes,” I said. “Yep same out the other end too,” he replied!
I came out of the tunnel slowly, hoping the rain would stop. No such luck! I was thinking about mooring up until the rain stopped. Molly was a very soggy doggy and I was dripping all over the hexboard step. Unfortunately there were peeps at the lock so I thought I might as well take advantage. Peter Grey was one of the CRT peeps at the gate. I decided to go all the way down.
The rain stopped. The rain stared. The rain stopped. The rain stared. By the time I reached the bottom lock my skin was the only thing stopping my body from being dissolved by the rainwater which, by now, had permeated all my clothes. Molly looked so sad, a bit like ET in the bicycle basket. I moored up near to Gongoozlers two boats away from nb Islonian the ‘Vapes’ boat
Sunday, 2 March 2014
It is noticeable along the GU to Leicester that there has been a lot of work put in recently. Much of the towpath has been levelled by dredging and back filling the trenches that have been appeared behind the piling. There has also been a lot of tree doctoring, but nowhere near enough. The long straight between bridges 46 & 47 is, in most places, so overgrown that two boats will find it difficult to pass.
Friday, 28 February 2014
And then while trying to clear the prop the boat unfortunately sinks, however I watched as they took the weed hatch off and there was no indication that the water would come over the edge. Notice the flat in front is actually on the bottom not sunk but stuck on the bottom five feet from the edge.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Started work on the prop at 9.30 worked through till the RCR man turned up at 2.15 then we worked together. We finished at 5.30. We removed a bin liner full of crap. There is still more to come off. At least the prop shaft turns now.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
So here I am below Limekiln Lock Leicester. The canal is less than two feet deep which means any crap on the bottom will end up around your prop. Not only did I get a prop full but I got stuck in the middle of the canal. It was almost impossible to bow haul the boat to the edge. Mainly because it got shallower.
The hook on my boat pole fell off. This is my main means of getting crap off the prop. Fortunately the 'sea searcher' did a good job. I managed to get the boat to the other side of the bridge, where I tied to a hand rail. I set to clearing the prop.
Two hours later having removed a large quantity of bags, sacks and a jacket the engine still stalled because there was still so much stuff on the prop.
I hate Leicester!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, 23 February 2014
So here I am on The Erewash Canal. I moored up near the railway bridge which is a good walk from the Guinness supply. I am here because the 48 hour moorings are still full of those people who have been waiting for the river to come off red.
The river came off red five days ago (that’s 120 hours) so you can probably understand I am a bit miffed that I could not moor on the 48s, but I suppose that is the difference between a real boater/CCer and piss taker.
Ho hum who am I to complain? I am the one who when stuck for seven weeks moved every 2/3 days. I am the one who at the first sign the river was passable cast off and MOVED 12 miles on the Soar, the Trent/Derwent and the T&M. Then three days later moved back on the River Trent/Derwent to the Erewash.
The lock at Branston is closed until March 8th. Now I could go down there and wait, but that is another 13 days wasted and I am tired of just sitting and waiting so I have turned around and am heading back to Braunston. I can then go up the Coventry and enter Birmingham from Fazely junction
On the plus side I took my bilge pump out yesterday and cleaned it up. Pointless really because it doesn’t work so I bought another. I bought it at Miller Marine in Shardlow. Miller Marine were very helpful with other stuff I needed. Top people. If you go take a dog treat for the Lab he’s fab.
Currently moored on the Erewash Canal. For time to ft the bilge pump and do a couple of jobs I should have done in Loughborough and visit some friends.
Thursday, 20 February 2014
I have to wonder why people like MicroSoft insist on changing the way things work. (Imagine if Ford swapped the pedals around on the next model. You would have to relearn and that would not be easy.). Just as you get used to the ‘new’ way they redesign it all and you have to learn again. The reasoning behind this is that the new system is easier to learn. I would argue if I have already learned the system then then new system only makes us work for no benefit.
I write this blog in Windows Live Writer in the past I have been able to open several instances of WLW and write several blog posts at the same time. Now I can only open it once. If I want to open a post for another blog I have to close the one I am writing. I know it doesn’t take long, once, but if I do this all the time it all builds up. All those extra unnecessary clicks.
And then there is the edit ribbon. Paragraphing, bold, Italics, Underline,
Strikeout, bullet points, block quotes, align, it’s all there, well, all except fonts and font size. That’s now in format, (two clicks away) It never used to be in format. Oh and the publish button isn’t in the same place either.
I get the impression that they employ the next unigrad and give him the program to ‘re-build’ He plays around with it without really understanding the user.
How many more times are we going to have to relearn that which we have already learned? What benefit is to be gained? I have been using one sort of word processor or other for about twenty five years. Its about time the system was sorted and a program produced that did not need changing. And if they have to change it you should be able to use the earlier version without being continually asked to ‘upgrade’. There can be no more functions that they need to add. And if there were they could add them without changing that which everyone has spent many hours learning.
Most things that can be found in MicroSoft Word today were available in Word Perfect 5.1 (for DOS) twenty years ago. So what are they improving? What are they making easier? Isn’t it about time they simply called a halt to the changes. By all means make it ‘look’ different but I just don’t believe that every change they make, makes it easier. It’s just corporate bullshit.