This weekend has been the first one at the boat for us after our winter tour of India. As I no longer have the inclination to crawl around in the depths of the engine room, I again arranged for a pre-season check and service by Mark at http://www.theyellowvan.co.uk/. He reliably serviced K-L last year after the unhelpful cock-ups that had been made by others during the previous year. His brief was to investigate why our 'V' alternator belt (on a Barrus Shire 2002), had shredded for no apparent reason last September, (after a new alternator had been fitted earlier in the year), and also to service the engine and gearbox. Everything seemed to be lined up with the alternators, so hopefully the self-destruction of the belt was down to just old age.
On Saturday, prior to our usual walk around town, we took her down to Swanley Marina for an empty and fill up of the usual tanks, before bringing her back to her mooring heading the right way for our first planned cruise in a couple of weeks time.
The sun certainly put his hat on for the occasion, and we had the best time ever, waking on Saturday morning to a lovely still early morning, and an air balloon passing over the mooring. (It took a few minutes to get the camera)!
We are still missing all our new friends in Abu Dhabi though. It would be great to be able to show them around our home territory. You know who you are - how about it?
In two weeks, after a much looked forward to week in Central London visiting our daughter, we will take friends for our 'speciality' cruise down the Llangollen Canal, the first of the year for us. Lets hope the weather holds out!
|Swanley Marina Entrance.|
|Swanley Marina Canal-side service bay.|
|Air balloon passes over mooring.|
|Swanley Number 2 Lock.|
|This is getting worrying!|
|Nantwich Town Centre.|
|Nantwich Town Crier|