Monday, 28 February 2011

Orange Trees

No, not real orange trees like they have in Florida, this is the Brit version. They may be devoid of fruit and Vitamin C. But they do look pretty considering I took these yesterday, and it´s February…
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It is of course an optical illusion, with the sun going down it bounced off the dusky brown branches and turned them up a shade or two.
 
So just to tie the tree theme together, we´ve decided the “Digital TV Antenna” we have on the roof must have a sensor. It deploys automated garden shears for when you’re going through overhanging branches out on the canal. Apparently it’s modelled on the “Edward Scissor Hands” prototype and comes in several different versions.
 
These culprits best be prepared to be zapped and bazzed aside when they see us coming, rather than the other way round…
 
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Monday, 14 February 2011

What´s missing from this picture?

Clever eh? A boat that drives itself…
 
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Dave steps forward to get his cup o tea,
And says to Heth “just take over for me.”
He let go first & the tiller stayed straight,
So we both decided to watch & wait.
Must’ve been a very strange sight,
Me taking photos while Dave took flight.
And soon 30 seconds had flown,
With TT driving all on her own…
And for all the talk about boating skills of late,
How’s that for being top rate…?
Note: The bow thruster was in sleep mode… 
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Remember me saying we were just going out on the canal on Friday for one night? Well of course our plans usually go to pot. But this time they ACTUALLY worked in our favour! One night turned into three. Hence us coming back today. Even so, it was only because I’ve got to have a filling done tomorrow at the dentist, (ouch). Which means paying a fortune for cavity wall tooth insulation but never mind...
 
Oh and while I remember, before we set off on Friday we topped up the diesel tank with the new bio-fuel and I’m pleased to report no problems at all.
 
Now then, referring back to what’s visible and what’s not, the field beside where we moored up this weekend looked like it had suffered massive crop failure. I remember last year, not long before the ice set in, this particular field full of spuds was flooded. So we’re guessing the water just iced over and killed them off…
   
What it looks like now, abandoned. I could only fit half the field in this photo, even the hedge seems to have given up too…
 
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Same field in June last year…
 
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Same field in October last year, flooded and forlorn…
 
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So it looks like Farmer Giles has just given up on it for now...
 
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We also noticed hundreds of pigeons zooming about and eating the crops in the green, green, field beyond the spud disaster zone…
 
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Not as daft as they look then...

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Sailing on Friday, late update

Yep, we’ve been moored up out on the canal for over two days now, and I still haven’t blogged about our little voyage here on Friday. Or the changes we’ve noticed along the way since last year…
 
First of all, a bit of good news, last September I posted several photos highlighting the dangers to boaters posed by the overhanging trees at the back of Rufford Old Hall. I also included in that post the contents of an email complaint I sent to our local BW office. Re: The pathetic reply I received, or should I perhaps call it an excuse for work not being carried out?
Well wasn’t this a nice surprise when we set off…!
 
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Compared to this in September, so somebody’s been busy over winter…
 
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You could say that because there’s no leaves on the trees it’s creating a false impression. But no, it’s real, they’ve been chopped back on both the opposite side and the towpath side…
 
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And the towpath side itself…
 
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We’ve no idea who did this work, but we really don’t care. Maybe the wood cutters at Rufford Old Hall did their side and BW (or whatever it’s called) did the towpath, (like I suggested).
 
Either way, it’s made one heck of a difference. I suspect that the trees will still join together at the top and form an arch in summer. But that’s not a problem. In fact it looks beautiful, and hopefully there won’t be enough light for the lower branches to grow back in a hurry.
 
I’m not nit-picking here but this eagle eyed reporter noticed they’d missed this potential hazard, a dead tree by the towpath…
 
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We had a passenger with us on the way here, our friend Mark wanted to check out how a bow thruster works..!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Acrobatics without style or grace

Doug the ugly “hybrid” duck zoomed in yesterday to show off his flying skills,  but as you can see he totally fluffed it…
 
Flippers deployed…
 
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Too late to abort now…
 
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Crash landing…
 
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Embarrassed but still in one piece…
 
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With ruffled feathers…
 
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Ha, like water off a ducks back, he must be used to this kind of thing…
 
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Check out how much bigger he is than a normal size male duck (who’s pretending to be his friend because there’s bread on offer). But Doug the reject duck has no table manners, and gobbles the lot down without leaving any crumbs…
 
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“BUGGER OFF it’s mine, all mine!”

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

We´re going out, I said we´re going out

Well that’s the PLAN, no tittering with ref to that word and ourselves please.
 
Yes us two “fair weather boaters” are setting sail in unfair weather. But we don’t care, don the thermals n’ all that, and off we go. For the first time since last October TT’s going to move to somewhere other than the dumpout station and back.
 
If I remember rightly there’s this thing called an engine at the back of the boat which starts up. There’s a joystick which means you can do forward or reverse, and there’s something called a tiller which means you can do left and right.
 
The joystick with the bright red knob on the end, also allows you to go at different speeds ranging from slow to slower. Then there’s two other pretty buttons which move the bow left or right depending on which one you press,, there you have it: A dancing boat…
 
According to the weather forecast that dictates, we’re going Friday and coming back Saturday, ok so it’s just an overnight stop, but who cares, it’s February after all.
 
Tuesday the 5th October last year was the last time this boat nudged it’s nose out of the marina. We took some friends out for the day, it was dam cold then too.
 
If I remember rightly there was a photo of one of these in there somewhere…
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Farmer Giles’s golden balls, well worth not having another look at…