Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Monday, 31 October 2011

The current state of the market

I constantly monitor how things are doing in the new boat sales and used brokerage market. Associated businesses continue to cease trading, (so it is now even more important to ensure your money is safe when embarking on any large purchase). However, the current situation seems to be that if you are in the market for a used boat, now certainly appears to be the time to buy. On the other side of things, I pity the poor seller....

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Will soon be back to normal

I arrived home from Spain last night, and Margaret arrives home from her India trip on Friday. We have both had a great time, and in particular, I have met some new friends who are living a life which I envy, spending the Winter in the Spanish sunshine. For those who continuously cruise on the canals, I can highly recommend it - moor the narrowboat for the Winter and head off to Spain in a caravan or motorhome. Here are some images from my own trip. I will provide an album link at the end to Margaret's album as she has so many images. Many of the later ones are from the canals of the Kerala backwaters of India.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

I am now in Spain

Sorry no photos as I am on limited internet access in Spain, and Margaret has had no access to any signal since the 17th October in the Kerala Backwaters of India. I have heard from her by 3G email and they are fine, enjoying their tour, and generally having a great time. On my side of things, I flew out to visit friends in Andalucia, Spain, (£55 each way on Monarch Airlines). They are a part of a large British (and Irish) community here who all gather to spend the Winter in the warm Spanish sun, and generally have a great time. I have been joining in with activities such as cycle rides, and social evenings, and we all went out to lunch (13 including me) at a local Chinese restaurant yesterday. The weather here is hot, clear and sunny, with a midday temperature of 32 degreees today. I could get used to this! - Peter.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Munnar - Hill Station in the Indian State of Kerala

We have now arrived in Munnar, a hill station in the State of Kerala, surrounded by tea plantations. Since our arrival towards lunchtime it has been raining, although it didn't spoil today's planned activity, which was a hands on experience washing down elephants. Tomorrow we do some sight seeing. Unfortunately, being a remote area, there is no internet connection here, so I have been unable to post images from today's activities, although to give you an idea of what the location looks like, the following images are generic, courtesy of the Wikimedia image file library, and are subject to the Creative Commons share alike licence.....

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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Cochin, a look around

Today was spent looking around the main district of Cochin, Southern India. Our hotel is situated in the port area, so today we were given a tour of the town by our driver. Here are some more images of local points of interest....

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Cochin - Southern India

We have now moved out of Mumbai and started our tour of Southern India, flying down to Cochin this morning. We have arrived at our beautiful hotel, and have our own driver, complete with Toyota for the duration. I still haven't worked out what side of the road they drive on here yet, as it seems it is just whichever side there is a space, and will get you to your destination the quickest. Footpaths are not out of bounds, and traffic signals are advisory! Here are today's photographs......

Friday, 14 October 2011

More from Margaret's India trip

Today is the first full day in India, without the need to sleep off the flight. It will be another flight to Kerala tomorrow, but here are today's pics.......

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Margaret's India Trip

Not much to report on the boating front, but Margaret has now arrived safely in India on her trip to visit our daughter there. Here are some photos. They are travelling to Kerala in a couple of days, an area full of canal networks. They have booked a short time on a crewed boat, so I will post pictures of that as it happens.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

UK Roadside Cameras - A Guide

Another post not at all related to canals or boats, but to transport in general. This time I hope to guide the reader through some of the technology now being used on the UK highway network which could catch out the unwary visitor to our country, the result being a heavy cost in fines to set aside the cost of your holiday here...

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

UK Motor Insurance - What A Rip-Off!

This post has absolutely nothing to do with canals or boating and is nothing more than my own rant - but many more people might have no idea what is happening in the UK motor insurance industry - they will now. There will be no names mentioned, just facts about my own recent experiences that have cost me dearly.......

Deciding on a diesel boat heater

During the summer I was forced to consider replacing the central heating boiler on Kelly Louise because the Alde gas fired unit had sprung a leak, and, due to my own circumstances with this particular installation, there were all sorts of problems associated with rectifying the situation. Once I had decided to go for a brand new installation I conducted much research into the pros and cons of individual systems that are currently available, both in fuel type and brand. After deciding to replace with a diesel fired unit, I then researched the various brands and the (many) reported problems that had been associated with this type of heating in general. My final decision to buy was made, based on many factors which included cost, accessibility to a company who could complete the whole job that I required, and the reviews relating to the individual brands. Although this is my own personal opinion, I concluded that the Hurricane heater was probably the best option to fit, but due to cost, and the proximity of a supplier who could complete my own particular job, I chose to fit a Webasto Thermo Top C unit, which, so far, has worked very well. Here are some of the reasons I found along the way, why there have been reported problems associated with diesel boat heaters........