Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Kelly Louise Autumn Takeover.

We have now officially reached the end of Summer. We had already made our plans for this time of year, and Margaret is going to visit India during October, and I have decided to visit an ex-colleague, who shares his time between the UK and Spain, spending the Summer in the UK, and the Autumn and Winter in Spain. I will spend a week with them in Andalucia during October, flying Monarch at £110 return to Manchester! Then we will both be out of the country together for the remainder of the Winter season.

As it happens, this coincided with the requirement of Tom and Jan, who write the blog Narrowboat Waiouru. They needed another UK base while they waited for their own boat's build completion. The obvious thing was to use Kelly Louise.

Kelly Louise is a basically fitted boat, with very simple equipment set ups, which is exactly how I want it, and doesn't mean she is uncomfortable. But, Tom has specified his own boat on the other end of the scale, with technology right up there with current availability. I have asked him to write about how they get on with her on his own blog http://www.narrowboat-waiouru.co.uk/ . This should make interesting reading, so click the link and read how they are able to make comparisons about life afloat with the basics against their own expectations of how it will be with their own boat in the future.

I will update my own blog with posts from the Indian canals around the Kerala backwaters, Spain, and our Winter cruise on Oriana, depending on whether I can find suitable Wi-Fi, as usual!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Cruising Plans

Here we are approaching the autumn of 2011, and we haven't yet managed our usual long summer cruise, as our elderly dog was showing signs of deterioration towards the end of his long and happy life. We would normally leave our home mooring during the last week of July, and cruise with no particular end. This year, we had planned to visit the Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals as part of this. But, as we didn't want to find ourselves in the middle of nowhere with our ailing dog, and no access to a vet, we decided to postpone this years event. As it happened, he passed away a week last Thursday, in his 15th year with us. R.I.P Pepper.



However, we do have future plans to cruise, and on canals, but with a big difference..............................

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

The Trafford Centre - Manchester

Jillian is still visiting, so today we had another day out, this time to The Trafford Centre, which is not only easily accessible within 15 minutes from home off the M60, but also from the banks of The Bridgewater Canal.....

Monday, 15 August 2011

This is boating Jim - but not as we know it.

Our daughter Jillian is currently home with us visiting from India. She leaves us again on Thursday to call on London before flying back. She indicated that she would like a day out, so today, looking like the best weather option we visited one of my old haunts - Windermere Lake.......

Sunday, 14 August 2011

The Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma and a compass

It was my birthday during July. Amongst the usual crop of chocolates, socks and underwear, I received an item which is of much interest to me. Earlier in the year, whilst we visited my sister-in-law, and her husband, we visited an antique store in Henley-on-Thames. We both saw, picked up, and inspected a beautiful hand held pocket compass, in the design of a pocket watch, and in a shiny brass gilt case, complete with its own, apparently age related leather pouch. I commented on how beautiful it was, and how I would love to own it.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Living with the Webasto central heating

It is now several weeks since we received the boat back with its newly fitted Webasto Thermo Top C central heating, so I thought I would report on how we are getting along with it. Before I do, I would just like to congratulate Navigation Narrowboats, the sister company to Nantwich Marina Ltd., who fitted my new heating system to the highest standards. They have just had the first ever back-to-back win of the Lionel Munk Trophy for the best commercially built boat 2011 / 2012 at the IWA Festival with their boat Oakmere. Well done, read about it here...2011 IWA Festival Award Winners


Tuesday, 2 August 2011

7" Android Touch Tablet 2 - currently on offer at Maplin

I decided to treat myself yesterday! When my smart phone contract runs out at the end of the year, I am going to give up the £35 / month no limit data allowance, and revert to my simple Nokia GSM, which I installed with a Vodafone Simplicity pay as you go sim card, with passport activated, which gives UK rates in 35 worldwide countries including Australia and New Zealand. Last year, on our trip down under, my contract 'phone cost me an arm and a leg, and I had used my capped data roaming allowance in the first week away, where this little Nokia, with its WAP Gmail and Facebook for everyphone applications, cost next to nothing to run for the next 12 weeks we were away from the UK.