Thursday, 24 July 2014

And another change of plan

Elanor and Sally came round first thing, whilst it was still cool and overcast. We went round to field three and had a tyre throwing session; the tyre is starting to look tired where she's chewed it. We'll have to have a look for a replacement in the hardware shop in Stone where we got it when we pass through there.

Elanor then gave us a lift to the Royal Derby, getting us there in excellent time. In the event, I wasn't seen until just after my appointment time but wasn't all that late, despite it being a very busy clinic.

The good news is that my visual fields and optic nerves continue to be in good condition. Unfortunately my eye pressures remain too high for comfort. The answer is to be a dose of laser treatment, but not until late September, so we have time to get up to Poynton for the Braidbar Owners' Weekend at the beginning of that month.

We'll need to leave straight afterwards, though, so if we want work done on the boat, we will have to head up there now, with no diversion to Stourport, shucks.

Oh well, if the laser does its job, we should have more cruising time next year.


It's continued very hot this afternoon, so we've been hiding in the boat. At least that's meant that I've been able to get the Pub Guide updates finished.

Tomorrow, an Ocado delivery in the morning, then we'll set off after lunch, stopping to fill the fuel tank on the way out.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014


...and the livin' is easy. I finally succumbed to temptation (like Oscar, I can resist anything but) and bought the Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong version of the classic Gershwin track that invariably infests my ears in this kind of weather. Isn't iTunes wonderful?

I'm thinking of teaching the parrot next door to whistle the first few notes of Satchmo's horn as a change from the intro to Tears of a Clown with which it's obsessed at the moment.

We've had a pretty easy day in the heat; Sheila did a bit of crochet before her hands got too sweaty and I've done some solidly Independent reading. Elanor came over after lunch for a natter on her way to an interview in Derby.

She kindly ran me down to the pharmacy to pick up a medication top up, saving me a bit of a slog in the hot sun.

We've had a ramble round the marina and a nice cream from the shop.

It's all go.

Tomorrow, into Derby to the Eye Clinic and fingers crossed that they give me a clean bill so that we can get away for a couple of months.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Still hot and likely to remain so

It's staying pretty hot here, mostly to the pleasure of the moorers, though Stewart on the ground staff is not too amused. We'd planned to wash and polish the side of the boat this morning, but at nine it was already too hot to do so, both because the hot side of the boat would have cooked the polish and we would have been courting heat stroke.

So we had a quiet morning after a wander round the marina. After the mid morning drink of squash rather than coffee, I decided to catch up with some IT work, like bringing the Braidbar Boat names list up to date and putting a load of entries into the pub guide.

The first of these tasks took longer than expected as the file which I had been keeping updated on the iPad wouldn't transfer properly to the Mini. It may be because the Mini is running Snow Leopard and most of the iPad software expects at least Lion and preferably Mountain Lion.

In the end, there was nothing for it but to make the changes all over again on the copy of the spreadsheet I had on the Mini.

I got a start on the Pub Guide before eating and carried on afterwards. I'd had a lot of new entries from Graham as well as some entries and comments from Rob and Charley. I haven't got them all done yet; they'll have to wait until tomorrow to finish off.

This is because I've spent a good chunk of the afternoon over at Elanor's, helping to do some sorting out and taking away some books and a ridiculous talking fish to put in the laundry. The fish wasn't in there above a minute before someone went off with it.

A bean curry, tonight, methinks and more sweltering to do tomorrow.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Back again

Gosh that was a bonzer weekend! Mind you the iPad spillchucker tried to make that a "boozer weekend", which wouldn't be quite fair...

It's great seeing the boys from time to time like this, it really gives us a chance to appreciate them growing up. They'd both had glowing reports from school, too.

Saturday's trip to Sudbury Hall went very well, the ideal move for a very wet day. Sunday morning we took the boys into field two and exercised them with the aid of a frisbee and a strange kind of boomerang. Not that different to working Sally, really.


The family left on Sunday; Elanor came across in the afternoon, as I said yesterday, and I had a go at running Sally in the field on my own. This is normally no problem, but she was a) hot and b) knew Mummy was still around somewhere, so just didn't want to play. At one point I threw the tyre for her, it landed in a patch of thistles and she just stood and looked at it. A further glance towards me clearly said “you threw it, you can fetch it”.

Things went better today, when we all went to the Washlands for a good walk and rummage. Sal is getting very fond of paddling in the river but declines to swim in it. This was just as well today; the Trent is running very fast after all the rain.

On the way back we called in at Shobnall and got a quote for blacking Sanity Again. This was very satisfactory, so we've booked her in for docking in the middle of March.

We've had a quieter afternoon, though Sheila's been running around doing the laundry, it being a Monday. It's actually our 43rd wedding anniversary today, but we're too weary after the weekend to do much. We'll have to have the evening out when we're feeling a bit more energetic...

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Back tomorrow

It's been a good weekend but busy. The Lincoln bit of the family have left and I've just had a go at running Sal. This wasn't a huge success as Elanor stayed behind and Sal was worried where she was.

Normal service tomorrow; we're taking Sal to the wetlands first thing while it's cool, then on to Shobnall to discuss blacking Sanity Again next Spring.

Friday, 18 July 2014


I've just done a post, did the wrong thing with BlogPress and lost the lot.

How infuriating.

It's also very hot and humid and I can't face rewriting it now. In a nutshell, we've exercised Sally, Elanor's a lot better and we're ready for the arrivals tonight.

You'll have to be content with this photo and I'll try and summon the energy to rewrite it another time. Blogs will be a bit erratic this weekend anyway.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

It's a bit hot

Today has been quite hot by UK standards; we've been drinking squash, not tea and coffee all day...

Elanor and Sally made it across to us by half nine; Elanor is able to walk slowly, well more of a hobble, really, but is having much less pain unless she tries to move her foot in a particular direction. She's using an ankle brace that she has for riding which seems to be giving her the support she needs.

It's just going to be a matter of time before it's healed. It was already too hot to run Sal in the field, so I took her to the copse for some romping. Although clearly confused by the absence of her Mum, she was on her best behaviour and had a right royal rummage and general sniffing around. It should keep her going until tomorrow, when we'll repeat the exercise.

Back at the boat we all sat around in the well deck and sweltered a bit. Sal loves it like this, constantly moving about to keep an eye on everything that's going on. This included a minor bit of drama when one of the two chaps cleaning Tigeroceros stepped back a bit far and fell in. It's the second time we've had to use a rescue ladder. These are positioned by each fire extinguisher and make all the difference to getting someone out.

We've had a moderately lazy afternoon, with Sheila doing some emails about the Owners' Weekend and yours truly pottering about. We did manage a walk round the marina with the aid of an ice cream at the shop.

It looks as if it's going to be even hotter tomorrow...