Another bank holiday weekend, and this time with the more normal weather we have on these occasions - cloudy, occasional heavy rain showers and a high wind, which seems to have been a feature of the Spring weather this year. That makes cruising awkward, as soon as the ropes are cast off, the boat is off across the canal without any input from me! We had the high wind on the Sunday cruise back from Wrenbury last time we were here, and putting the boat accurately through bridge 'oles required full concentration.
I have already mentioned that the Alde central heating boiler seemed to have developed a leak behind it. There is a damp patch on the floor around it, and the header tank drains over a few weeks. I first noticed that in March, and went on the Alde website to find our nearest service centre, as I thought it might as well have one of those at the same time as the repair. Our nearest service centre happened to be Nantwich Canal Centre, but they were fully booked up, with the nearest appointment for a service visit being 9th June. I reluctantly accepted that, as we aren't using the central heating at the moment, but who would have thought they would be so busy?
I don't know whether it is due to the boat reaching a certain age, (it was first used in 2004), but this year seems to have been one problem after another.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Tuesday was day 5 and the last of our long weekend break. On our way home from Berkshire we had arranged to meet my family, whose wedding we attended on Saturday. We met for morning coffee and a walk in the grounds at Tylney Hall hotel before moving on towards the Basingstoke Canal and lunch.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Sunday, 8 May 2011
This weekend had been pencilled in since the beginning of March. Friends who used to be work colleagues, and who I hadn't seen in over 12 months had been invited to spend the weekend with us. It was arranged that we would meet at our mooring, have a buffet lunch on the boat, before cruising to Wrenbury.
Monday, 2 May 2011
I have talked previously about the problems associated with travelling narrowboats and digital TV reception. I had decided on Digital satellite reception, initially using the free to air stations, then latterly, using the Sky freeview stations, through an old Sky digi-box I already had, using their freeview card, (which has to be purchased). This weekend that decision has had to be changed.....