Thursday, 31 July 2008
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Friday, 25 July 2008
Well here's a radical idea Mathew put your hand in your pocket!
Lots of painting was done yesterday whilst Bones was in London enjoying the sights. I particularly like this bit.
Bones however didn't and it is now light grey.
Thursday, 24 July 2008
This evening when Bones returned from work we set off to the auction of the Bourton Lock cottage which was being held in the pavillion at the Banbury Cricket Club. It is a very nice location built with Lottery money and a grant from the Sports Council.
The good news is that next week, at the auction proper, the bar will be open.
Returning from the 'auction' a text from Andy said he was moored up outside the Waterman's Arms above Osney Lock so we stopped by on our way home for a few beers and a chat. Bones recognised the hands of a passerby through the window and said, "That man has hands like Magnetman". Oh yeah right! Strange old thing Magnetman came by just a few minutes later on his new boat and stopped for a chat. So she was right.
Andy presented Bones with three mealworms because he felt sorry for her not being a suitable 'parent' for a goldfish.
Thursday, 17 July 2008
The end result is that not only does the pint take a long time to settle it ends up with near on an inch of head on it which, to my guess, is at least 10% of the pint. This cannot be right a pint is a pint. I am quite prepared to accept some head but at 10% that means every tenth glass is pure profit for the publican.
A bitter drinker wouldn't accept it nor a lager drinker so why do they think a Guinness drinker should. Grrrrrrrr!
The only good thing I can say about it is that now there are boat related pictures, even though they seem to be on the Thames, whereas Steve and Joan didn't have any that I recall.
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Well Steve and Joan have now long since departed to sunnier climes. The Temporary managers changed lots including taking the Carvery out. Boo!
The now New managers have changed even more. What used to be the 'boaters bar' is now a dining room with no warmth or character. The bar in there has actually been taken out. The old carpets though worn have been replaced with laminate flooring.
The menu is more expensive and now overall not a patch on the 'family' atmosphere that Steve and Joan brought to the pub.
Last night we went there for dinner and met up with Wendy and Nick who were having a beer with Jim of nb Black Pig.
As always Bones is very specific about her allergies. There was only one thing on the menu that she could in all honesty eat.
When our meals arrived she was assured that the gravy did not contain any tomato based ingredients. Bones said to Nick, "This looks like it has tomato in it".
She had been assured that it hadn't so we started eating. One mouthful into her meal and the waitress rushed through the door and shouted STOP!. "Sorry," she said, "I thought I would check myself and it does contain tomato puree".
Give that girl a prize she didn't have to check but she did and that is a good thing.
So now there was a predicament. Should I continue with my meal while the pub sorted out a salad for Bones or should I return my meal and wait. We decided I should continue, but expressed our annoyance at the 'oversight', we did after all go out to eat together.
Bones' salad was FOC, but she could have stayed at home and had salad so a nice evening was spoilt. What would have been good is if the whole bill had been scrapped. Even better it would have been nice for the boss to come to our table to apologise, Steve would have done it. Shane at the Boat Inn up the road would have been beside himself if it happened there. Seems that the new people have not yet learned about the towpath telegraph and the effect it can have on their business.
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
SO yesterday I moved my boat up from Frenchay Road to Kidlington. On the way I wanted to stop at Wolvercote for the shop and get milk and lunch. I tossed the pin and the hammer on to the bank and tried to get Milly Close when I found I couldn't (very shallow and I wasn't about to jump) I decided to continue on my way.
It wasn't until I reached my mooring place that I recalled the hammer and the pin on the bank at Wolvercote. Do I feel stupid? Bones was in the area so I called her and ask her to stop by an look for them. She found a pin that wasn't mine and a windlass all without the help of a magnet. Clever Old Bones
Saturday, 12 July 2008
So my bit
Dear Councillor Ellis
Excuse me but does the council contribute to the up keep of the canal? It is obvious that some locals get a lot of pleasure from walking the canal. Given that it is local gangs that are responsible for this graffiti should it not be the job of the local council to clean it off .
By all means get the council to clean the bridges but as to charging BW for the job please remember that these morons are the progeny of your tax payers.
I pay my £850 annual licence fee to BW to maintain the canal not to clean up after these arse wipes have spewed their total lack of education all over the heritage that is the canal system.
Friday, 11 July 2008
The man, in his 60s, has not been formally identified and police are currently treating his death as unexplained.
A man from the area remains in custody while being questioned by police in connection with the death.
Thursday, 10 July 2008
I HAVE just finished reading Narrow Dog to Carcassonne. As a reflex action I have ordered Narrow Dog to Indian River, too, both by Terry Darlington. I am a glutton for such.I am yet to meet anyone who likes either of these books. Tony must have a different way of reading.
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
All done now and the doc was pleased with the results. He did say " If you ever need eye surgery of this magnitude again elect for a general anesthetic. Thanks for that doc.
Monday, 7 July 2008
They were surprised to see her in the flesh and shouted the question back to us. "Yes," she says, "where are you heading".
"Warwick", they say.
A short while later while taking the remains of a dead Mrs Donald to the skip I said to the chap, who was at this time watering his boat,"You have made her day"
He said, "She made my wifes day she is on the phone to her sister telling her they spoke".
She was there for half an hour!
Friday, 4 July 2008
This story from Narrow Boat World made me think. I thought the idea of using contractors was that it was cheaper than employing your own staff
Weaver police patrols
SO BAD is the vandal situation on the Weaver at Runcorn, that police have mounted patrols on the outskirts of the town to attempt to diminish the problem.
Vandals have also damaged other facilities using power tools and destroyed fencing with cutting equipment.
British Waterways have told police that repeated attacks on its property have reached unaffordable levels, and demanded police patrols.
Even minor damage now needs expensive contractors to repair.