Thursday, 30 October 2008

That Performing Coot Again

Today Percy is under the bird table rather than on it, and he seems to prefer heathers to pansy's... Well come on, who wouldn't...?
 
Spot the coot…
 
 
He looks shifty...
 

Friday, 24 October 2008

Dave The Rope

Came to the boat yesterday, we can relax a bit now the red tape concerning the house is finished. But as for the house trying to ambush our plans to let it out (as mentioned previously), we now have a leaking gutter. Sod it, it can wait!
A couple of weeks ago (fender bender day) I mentioned the plastic tubing Dave had put over the ropes at the front where they touch the boat. So I thought I'd post some photos because it's such a good idea:

1) It prevents ropes fraying.
2) It prevents rubbing off the paintwork.
3) It doesn't do any harm.
4) Besides being practical, it looks real neat.
 
Note: Get the "looks real neat" bit? It's a woman thing, for me it's mostly about what it looks like, for Dave it's mostly about practicality. Same with everything of this nature, we always seem to find a compromise, so I guess we make a good team really.
The front bit, sorry couldn't get a full frontal view, I'd have fallen off the jetty...
 
 
Where the ropes thread through the side...
 
 
Inevitably Dave's ropy efforts haven't been forgotten by the local rabble round here. While sorting a draught excluder round the hatch (nowhere near any ropes). He was politely asked by Tony the Mop “are you rearranging your ropes again Dave?"
 
"Dave the Rope" perhaps?

Friday, 17 October 2008

The Farting Water Pump

For some time now the water pump at the boat has emitted strange noises. It's been more noticeable at night when lying in bed waiting to drop off into the land of nod:
 
A noise can be heard which I can only imagine must be similar to an elephant passing wind (with vibes). It only happens once or twice per night. So we assumed it was something to do with changing water pressure when everything’s switched off, that it was supposed to happen.

Anyway I think I mentioned last week that quite by chance Dave noticed the water pump was leaking. He’d noticed it when he pulled the stairs out at the front of the boat whilst arsing about doing something else.

So we rang Tom from Mobile Boat Services and today he replaced it with a new one that doesn't leak or fart. Nice one Tom and thanks...!

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Lovely Day With A Real Crap Ending

We ordered a full set of six fenders with metal clips last week, and they arrived on Thursday, which coincided with us arriving at the boat too.
 
Hence today they were fitted. Dave fixed 3 down one side, (he doesn't mess about my hubby). Then he turned the boat round to do the other side.
 
Here's a photo of three of the new fenders AND a set of toes. The latter of which belong to "Tony the mop" as we call him, why? Well basically because he spends most of his spare time on the roof of his boat WITH a mop, cleaning what´s already clean from yesterday...
 
 
Below is the sum total of the pathetic fenders we had left after our summer travels. The rope one on the right dropped off in a lock, and was rescued with Dave's (now famous) fishing net. They don´t look nice when there´s a mix of rope and long stick ones. So we´re sorted now. 
 
However there was some controversy about these old fenders being of the phallic variety:
 
 
I dare NOT post the photo I got of it being "modelled" by a certain person, you know how important size and length is to guys? Is this the definition of a fender bender? I'll leave that one up to your imagination.
 
Mr Mop didn't want to be photographed unless he was wearing his captain's hat, (no such thing) so I caught him out here. Notice Dave in the background, he was giving a sermon about fenders at the time. You know, black bottoms, spring clips. It was so boring none of us took a blind bit of notice.
Don't drop off Tony ya'll get wet...

This is Tony's wide beam boat "Lock Dodger" so-called because it's never been through a lock, (true). In fact it's only ever been out of the marina once, to Tarleton and back.
I
n the sunshine one is blinded by the reflection from LD’s roof thanks to the thousands of hours Tony's spent mopping. In fact he spends more time on the roof than in the boat...
 
If we're lucky (or not as the case may be) we´ve been told we may get a few hints about the recipe for one of his famous stews. Apparently it sits simmering in a cauldron for several days, whilst Tony (between mopping) sits simmering on the toilet for the remainder of the week.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Phallic Symbol Fenders

We ordered a full set of six fenders with metal clips last week, and they arrived on Thursday, which coincided with us arriving at the boat too.
 
Hence today they were fitted. Dave fixed 3 down one side, (he doesn't mess about my hubby). Then he turned the boat round to do the other side.
 
Here's a photo of three of the new fenders AND a set of toes. The latter of which belong to "Tony the mop" as we call him, why? Well basically because he spends most of his spare time on the roof of his boat WITH a mop, cleaning what´s already clean from yesterday...
 
 
Below is the sum total of the pathetic fenders we had left after our summer travels. The rope one on the right dropped off in a lock, and was rescued with Dave's (now famous) fishing net. They don´t look nice when there´s a mix of rope and long stick ones. So we´re sorted now. 
 
However there was some controversy about these old fenders being of the phallic variety:
 
 
I dare NOT post the photo I got of it being "modelled" by a certain person, you know how important size and length is to guys? Is this the definition of a fender bender? I'll leave that one up to your imagination.
 
Mr Mop didn't want to be photographed unless he was wearing his captain's hat, (no such thing) so I caught him out here. Notice Dave in the background, he was giving a sermon about fenders at the time. You know, black bottoms, spring clips. It was so boring none of us took a blind bit of notice.
Don't drop off Tony ya'll get wet...

This is Tony's wide beam boat "Lock Dodger" so-called because it's never been through a lock, (true). In fact it's only ever been out of the marina once, to Tarleton and back.
I
n the sunshine one is blinded by the reflection from LD’s roof thanks to the thousands of hours Tony's spent mopping. In fact he spends more time on the roof than in the boat...
 
If we're lucky (or not as the case may be) we´ve been told we may get a few hints about the recipe for one of his famous stews. Apparently it sits simmering in a cauldron for several days, whilst Tony (between mopping) sits simmering on the toilet for the remainder of the week.

Friday, 10 October 2008

The Home Made Hand Made Picture

Dave got a hand made 3D birthday card of a canal side scene off my mum and dad. We both said it was good enough to frame, so I bought one designed for "sticky out pictures" so here's the finished result, isn't that brilliant…?
 
Here's a close up, almost looks real doesn't it..?
 
 
I put it up on the wall at TT when we got here, and it looks stunning. Apparently they bought it when they went on one of their walks along the canal side. There´s a card shop where they're all individually hand made, I'm guessing they're real places too...

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Remember Remembrance Sunday

Well things are a bit crazy here at the moment, there's lots to say about our move to the boat on Tuesday, and how we're getting on (or not) with organisation. But there's something more important than that today.
Here's a little poem I wrote dedicated to all our soldiers who've given their lives, for those who came home,, and a new generation fighting on two fronts today:

On this special day, we have to say
"Thank you"
For those who strived, And gave their lives, we have to say
"Thank you"
For those who fought on, and bravely won, we have to say
"Thank you"
For your courage and bravery, In the face of adversity, we have to say
"Thank you"
For your determination, against all the odds be, bringing freedom and peace to you and me, we have to say
"Thank you"
And for the new generation who fight for our Nation, we have to say
"Thank you"
Opinions may run in different directions, of politicians and their reactions, for that, most would say
"No thank you"
But never forget, the soldier must obey, the orders passed down to him on the day, for that we must say
"Thank you"
Today we must also think of the sacrifice, of our troops out there, ready to fight, for that we must say
"Thank you"
 
At 11am this Sunday morning, people never forgetting and others still mourning, remember and respect those who returned ,and those who were left behind...
On this special day,
We have to say...

"Thank you"

Written by Me…

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

House Off The Market Renting Out Instead

Well the removals van arrived at the house this morning, no, not to remove our belongings [as is the norm / as we would've preferred] Just the “For Sale” sign from the property, we’ve took it off the market and we’re going to let it out instead. That For Sale sign is probably destined to sit in some other poor soul's front garden till it rots away.

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Seeing as our fine feathered friends seem to be ruling the roost (excuse pun) on my blog for the past month or so, let me introduce you to "Ray the Jay." He's a close friend of Eric and Patsy's in California (the guy attached to the toe is too).
I wonder if he gives a full pedicure?

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Its The Water Pump Now

For some reason Dave pulled the steps out that go up to the doors at the front of the boat, and I heard "oh shit, there's water down here." (Great).
 
It wasn't under the stairs themselves, there's this big hatch behind them that goes through under the bow.
 
It was the fresh water pump, with a slow drip coming from the middle of one of the sections. He tried tightening it up but everything was fixed, nothing was loose, we thought it had gone noisy recently... Ah well, it’s a good job he checked it out sooner rather than later,, even if he did come across it by chance!
 
The secondary glazing problem was an optional thing that we cocked up, and put right. This is just another unavoidable cock up to add to the growing list that's out of control on this boat…

Monday, 6 October 2008

New Friends From Across The Pond

I didn't realise my blog was being followed with such interest from 6000 miles away!!
 
This is Eric and Patsy in California, they're fellow Brits and have been there for several years travelling across the States. They´ve worn out a couple of camper vans during that time, and what an adventure they've had!
 
 
These are 2 impressive heron photos from "across the pond" both taken at one of their membership campgrounds in Southern California...

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

A Birthday And An Anniversary

It's hard to believe the boat's been OURS for a year, how time has flown since then! Handover day was actually the 30th Sept, so it coincided with Dave's birthday (today) too.
 
It's a day neither of us will ever forget, all too "surreal" at the time, it didn't register for a week or two that TT did, at last, belong to us.

So we're going out for a meal on Saturday for a double celebration. If it's "two festivities in one" perhaps we get two meals for the price of one???
 
Dave's card from me played the song "Your simply the best." When he opened it, the song slowly strayed into a brilliant imitation of an old record being played too slow. But it wasn’t supposed to do that.
 
After some fiddling about with the dam thing it still wouldn't play the whole song. So I ended up singing it myself whilst playing air guitar...
 
Meanwhile on the subject of screeching sounds, the house alarm problem was fixed today. Turned out it needed a new battery. Aha! This house is slowly losing its power game of sabotage. However we’re not winning when it comes to selling...
 
Happy birthday honey!
 
Gift with a bowBirthday cakeMartini glass
 
Left hugRight hug