Sunday, 31 January 2010

Well this wasn´t supposed to happen

Not here in the wild, wild, west today:
 
Got out of bed this morning, opened the curtains at the front doors and there was all this white stuff everywhere AGAIN…
 
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Never mind, the sun’s out now, just like it was all day yesterday (from the start) so the said “white stuff” is melting. Must’ve took the council by surprise too because nowhere's been gritted – then again there’s probably none left, that’s grit not councils…
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On a whiter lighter note, let me introduce you to Willy the Womble…
 
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And this is his home…
 
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Pride of place, right where the puniest Christmas tree ever MK2 used to sit, till I got bored with it.
 
But Willy the Wobble Womble won’t be going anywhere, because somebody once bought Willy as a daft present for Liam. So having sat on a shelf in his bedroom for years, it’s Sentimental and Precious. Sentimental stuff is all here aboard TT, ALL OF IT and there’s lots…!

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Ever seen a wide beam turn on a sixpence?

Just five more weeks to go before our boat can do this – provided the TT curse doesn’t interfere. Hence the interest...
 
Tony the Mop now called “Tugboat Tony” came here again today. So he could monitor his ex boat Lock Dodger now called “Goin’ Dutch” set sail round the marina,, for its first voyage with a bow thruster fitted.
 
There was a stiff breeze and the test pilot fairly put it through its paces, I think it passed…
 
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Can you spot the single carriage, not supersonic train idling past behind that tree...?
 
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Cruising past the island to its mooring…
 
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As she sailed by, we all had horns a´ blaring... That was when we realised our horn must have died in the cold weather. Because rather than blaring, it sounded more like a muffled fart.
And on that note I’ll leave it to your imagination…

Friday, 29 January 2010

Mingling and Mooning

One of the delights of retirement and freedom is being able to socialise with your pals during the day.
 
Take today for example. Steve popped round for a brew, a natter and a laugh. Then a bit later on Tugboat Tony turned up for a brew, a natter a laugh.
 
Oh and contrary to the heading of this post we weren’t baring our bums at each other, but we did crack a joke or two. (Oops).
 
Despite a day of being surrounded by rainclouds, the sun shone down till late afternoon when the moon moved in.
 
So just to make things clear, the “mooning” refers to this…
 
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I’ve just been outside and there’s a big :-) on its face, go check it out…!

Monday, 25 January 2010

Swan lake performed by the real thing

There’s been some gorgeous photos of swans on the blogs, I never get fed up with seeing them.
 
These two reappeared a couple of days ago after going AWOL for almost a month during the icy weather.
 
But never mind they’re back on their “own turf” as it were and hungry enough to come knocking on the door this aft. So we got the bread out and they did a kind of balletic routine for us…
 
Here they are hoping they’ve got our attention, waiting patiently for an audience…
 

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One puts the other in it’s place before filming…
 
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Lights, camera, action…
 

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Perfect symmetry…
 
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The grand finale…
 
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Applause please…

Sunday, 24 January 2010

The out takes of 2009

Yesterday when we visited Tugboat Tony at Scarisbrick he gave us a guided tour of the marina so I took a few photos to compare what it looks like now, to last time we saw it. When it was just a big hole in the ground!
 
These were taken in August 2008 as we were trundling past on the Leeds Liverpool canal…
 
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And now in January 2010…
 
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Stood on the bridge over the marina entrance looking down the canal towards where we took the original photos in 2008…
 
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Nice views, but even now, two years later, it seems desolate and unfinished. Services that were planned don’t exist, and landscaping is minimal.
 
With a lot of investment, a complete redesign, and everything finished off, it could be lovely…!

Saturday, 23 January 2010

A tour round Scarisbrick marina

Yesterday when we visited Tugboat Tony at Scarisbrick he gave us a guided tour of the marina so I took a few photos to compare what it looks like now, to last time we saw it. When it was just a big hole in the ground!
 
These were taken in August 2008 as we were trundling past on the Leeds Liverpool canal…
 
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And now in January 2010…
 
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Stood on the bridge over the marina entrance looking down the canal towards where we took the original photos in 2008…
 
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Nice views, but even now, two years later, it seems desolate and unfinished. Services that were planned don’t exist, and landscaping is minimal.
 
With a lot of investment, a complete redesign, and everything finished off, it could be lovely…!

Friday, 22 January 2010

A visit to see Tony´s tugboat Fred 2

We went to Scarisbrick marina today to see Tugboat Tony aboard Tugboat Freddy. However confusing that may sound, the latter of the two is the REAL tugboat and very impressive it is too.
 
It’s not my cup of tea, but it’s a true original with teabags of charm and character – just like his owner? Nope…
 
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Freddy II has already had a mention on the blog, well the engine has! We’ve never actually “met him personally” till today…

Saturday, 16 January 2010

A severe weather warning with a difference

This comes direct from the Met office, Het office, ok Heth’s office…

Take extra care folks, tomorrow’s forecast is for record highs of 6 or 7 degrees. Which means being aware that such high temperatures can cause sunburn / sunstroke within 10 minutes. So here’s a few useful tips to help prevent a painful experience…
  • Wear a sun hat / cap or knotted handkerchief.
  • Keep any exposed areas (?) covered up.
  • Dig out the sun specs, the ones with secondary double glazing built in. 
  • Don’t sunbathe on the roof of the boat, (saves being welding to it).
  • Forget the beer – drink plenty of water (if it´s defrosted in your area yet) .
  • Most important of all, liberally apply Factor 120 to any nooks and crannies just to be on the safe side.
There, I think that just about covers it – pun intended…

Thursday, 14 January 2010

How the wildlife has adapted round here

Ducks that aren’t walking on the broken ice have gained the ability to walk on water…

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Cats have learned to pose on ice…
 
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Swans learned to take off by flapping their wings on the ice for help with uplift, unfortunately I couldn’t get a photo of that so it’s an imagination thing…
 
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Humans have learned to waddle like ducks…
 
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Or walk like penguins…
 
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Hmm, wonder who that is…?

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Is this the big thaw?

Well it had to happen sometime…
 

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Unfortunately although it looks promising in a miserable kind of way this is only a brief respite. Just heard on the news there’s more snow on the way. So we’ve been blessed with tolerable grey mush on a temporary basis, till the next lot gets dumped.
 
One breakthrough today was that some taps on the pier had WATER, including ours. So hoses were connected together, (sharing the goods) because taps further down beyond ours were still frozen up.
 
Dave was employed as temporary manager in charge of “water distribution and maintenance.” Or in simpler terms he was farting about with a lot of connector thingy’s for hosepipes. It all ran quite smoothly (excuse pun), people were in place holding bits and parts together, then somebody realised there was no-one anywhere near the tap to switch it on...
 
Later we went to the pub with the crazy crowd for the pub quiz, won nothing as per norm. But who cares? It’s just such a good laugh!
 
Last Tuesday I (we) noticed two teams cheating with i-phones, so I discreetly grassed on them told the bloke who was running it, (well c’mon it’s not fair is it?) But before I had chance to sit down he announced "all mobiles should be turned off." My discretion went out the window, even I could see the massive arrow above my head. The last laugh was with me (us) because neither of the cheating teams won anything.
 
WE on the other hand can lose WITHOUT the aid of an i-phone, how clever is that…?