Sunday, 21 September 2008

Another beautiful morning

Leia lets us know when it is time for a walk, I don't mind as it gets me out into the beautiful countryside at Fradley.

Once again I'll drop in some photos to show it rather than try to describe it. Anyhow we took a longish walk up to Woodend lock, I was surprised how many boats were moving so early, then again it is Sunday and a beautiful day in store.

This is looking down the Coventry from the junction

This one is up by the turn to Woodend lock, you can see the mist rising with the sun shining through it.

Yesterday was a success in that we got the grass strimmed - a bigger task than it sounds, plus I cleared out the engine bay of all the previous owners stuff - he really was a hoarder. I have put what needs to be kept in the 'shed' and only kept the essential in the engine bay. I am sure it would have failed the boat safety with so many combustible items next to the engine.

While I was doing the strimming Rachel was giving the boat a good vac out with the Dyson and them she rubbed down the areas near the windows that needed a paint and masked and painted them up. This is really just a holding position to get Waterlily through the winter as she really needs a full repaint sooner rather than later. Anyone with recommendations I'd be happy to hear from you.

So off back home shortly to do some pottering there, well as much as I can with the aches the shingles s giving me at the moment.....


Well as it happens we got a text from Rachels sister Sharon asking if we wanted to go for a walk (she dod not know we were on the boat) so we invited Sharon and the family for lunch and a walk from Fradley.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

First autumnal visit

Well I suppose it is technically still summer and we are expecting a couple of nice days, but this morning at 6.45 it was distinctly autumnal. As this is via a GPRS link I'll add in 09,16,17 and 23 (to remind me of the photo's I have selected) when in contact with a faster connection.

This was late Friday night, a lovely still night when we took Leia for her walk

For the record we were on the boat last week 14th September but just for the day - or rather afternoon to check her after the holiday - I'm pleased to report she was fine.

This is the junction early the next day - 7ish It was a nice walk down the Coventry canal
The Coventry is not a canal we have done much cruising on. It will be a route we use for some of our winter cruising so I need to the books out and plan some routes.

This one shows the beauty of the area as the sun comes up.

So this weekend is for some R&R. I'm typing this after a lovely early morning walk and the fire is on now as I eat my breakfast in absolute tranquility.

Today is boat jobs to get her ready for the boat safety inspection and just prepare her for the winter. We do not leave her over the winter - We enjoy time aboard so its important to have her tip top ready.


Oh and I have just realised I have Shingles !!