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Les Lobbs Diary
June 2013
During a lady's medical examination, the doctor says:- "Your heart, lungs, pulse and blood pressure are all fine.Now let me see the bit that gets you ladies into all kinds of trouble." The lady starts taking off her underwear but is interrupted by the doctor.
"No! No! Don't remove your clothes... Just stick out your tongue!"
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01/06/2013
Milton
05.00 - This month I've put a few Beatles tracks on the page; 'twas hard choosing which ones to use, so it was decided on a first found basis. I think we're going to stay here and do a bit of long overdue glossing and then go down to the basin later today or tomorrow. Fine weather seems so rare these days that we should paint while we can and, if we do it early enough, we should avoid most of the flies.
09.00 - Blue gloss finished fore and aft; it's a toss up now, as to who touches it first!
13.00 - Stourport
We put all the covers on and had a short run here, ready to lock down tomorrow morning. A smell of fish & chips greeted our arrival, so that was lunch sorted; of course there just happened to be a shop selling cheap wool near the chippy, so we've got more of the stuff on board now. I've just tightened one of the injector pipes that was weeping slightly and pumped a lot of the recently acquired rainwater out of the bilges.
02/06/2013
Stourport
06.00 - Weathers good and we're going into the basin after filling and emptying.
08.00 - Joined the River Severn after going down two staircase locks; level board showing green.
13.00 - Upton
It was a good run down here; with the locks on the Severn being manned, we didn't have to leave the boat. Although it's good to have water under her bottom, rivers always seem boring after a while, with no towpath and people to chat to. Worcester was busy with oarsmen from the rowing club and no decent moorings, so we carried on to here, which is about 6 miles short of Tewksbury.
We covered 23 miles and 9 locks and our SOG was over 6mph in places!!
03/06/2013
River Avon,
10.00 - Tewkesbury
This morning we did the last stretch of the Severn and locked up onto the River Avon. I'm trying to get my nose even redder, while the crew is having a walk around the town; I'm wondering what bargains she'll come back with this time.
14.00 - Strensham Lock
When Dawn got back to the boat it was just before twelve, so we carried on up the river and through Strensham Lock, where the lock keeper has kindly let us tie up to his garden wall for the night. We can't do very long days, cos all the standing makes my knee swell up summat awful.
04/06/2013
Pershore
10.00 - Left just after six with the water like a mirror and a little mist coming off it. After Nafford lock we had a good run up to Pershore, where we tried to moor before the Bridges, but found it too shallow. Just through Pershore lock we found a stretch of moorings alongside the football pitch so we have stopped here; a lady has just told us tomorrow is market day here.
19.30 - Lazy pair of buggers - we've sat out all day in the sun, chatting to passersby. Dawn did have a quick walk into town and an even quicker walk back with a couple of ice creams. Forecast seems good to the weekend, when hopefully we'll have reached Stratford; our Avon licence is for a week, so no real rush.

Pershore bridges and moorings
05/06/2013
Offenham
12.30 - Another early start and, after 14 miles and 5 locks, we have tied up above Offenham lock. It has been overcast all morning with a chilly breeze but no sign of rain, yet! Dawn took a tumble at the last lock and sliced a lump of skin off her finger, which needed minor surgery - I cut the flappy bit off with the scissors and stuck a plaster on. Our major fear now is that it could affect her crochet efficiency, but we'll have to wait till after lunch for a speed trial. The locks on the Avon are not all the same design and there are lots of variations, from the standard rectangular to pretty diamond shaped ones (see below). Although there is not a lot of fresh water in the river, some of the weirs, with their side currents, make approaching the locks rather "interesting".
17.00 - The sun came out soon after we stopped, which meant we had to spend more time sitting out; tis a bugger, but it has to be done. This morning I was given a bit of advice from the owner of a Tupperware boat waiting to come down the lock we were in. He strolled up looking at our foredeck and shaking his head and I knew what was coming "You need more rope than that mate". Anyone who knows me knows that I have always got miles too much rope on the boat, but I only use enough for the job in hand. I had a line tied off to the front top rail and led back around the lock bollards to me on the aft deck (see pic), where I could take up the slack as the water filled the lock. He watched as the lock filled and I kept the boat snug against the side with just the one line and still kept shaking his head. I thanked him for his advice - prat!! The thing that crowned it was when we reached the next lock that he had just used, we found both paddles up and the gates closed, the exact opposite to the lock instructions.
06/06/2013
Stratford on Avon
We made it! 12.5 miles and 9 locks today. The days seem to be following the same pattern, overcast in the mornings and brilliant sunshine after lunch. We are moored in the basin at Stratford, after being advised it was quieter than the riverside moorings; the place is teeming with tourists of all nationalities, pointing cameras at everyone and everything. Dawn has managed to find us a new teapot, after ours bounced down the steps and broke it's lid; it's huge and looks like an ex Naafi job to me. The anchor and extra lines are put away and we're back to narrow lock gear again. We are heading up the Stratford on Avon canal next, to it's junction with the Grand Union, where we think we'll follow the G.U. to Braunston and go back to Gt Haywood that way.
07/06/2013
Stratford
03.30 - We had a pleasant surprise last evening when Steve and Ellie, the brokers we bought the boat through, saw us in Stratford and called in for a chat; it was reason enough to open another bottle of wine. If the crew's fit and able, we'll move on this morning, when it gets light.


10.00 - Above Bridge 59
I expect that I woke a few people up when we left the basin at six, but I was as quiet as I could be. We've done 16 locks and right buggers some of them were; it took the two of us to shut one bottom gate and then it kept swinging open unless I kept it closed with the boat. When we got part way up the Wilmcote flight a volunteer joined us and helped us through to Wilmcote top lock, twas much appreciated.
Ode to the Captain
Be on the lookout, one and all
Lest under his spell you all may fall.
We've been caught before, so know what to expect
Being dragged out of bed before its got light
Seeing Dawn in her nighty, cor what a sight
All hands to the tiller, open that lock
Now go back to bed it's past six o clock.
© BB
Below is a ditty from someone who knows that I like early mornings.
08/06/2013
Above Lock 38
There's a cool north wind this morning, so we've only done a couple of hours; it's my fault, I took the chimney off yesterday and fitted the blank - it's back on now and the stoves on. We crossed the Edstone aqueduct this morning, the longest in the country; it's not for anyone who doesn't like heights as there is only a metal plate a few inches thick on one side and the towpath on the other side. You certainly get a good view, but feel exposed with a sheer drop at the edge of the boat. The bridge holes on this canal are very narrow with only a few inches clearance, so slow speeds are necessary.
Trivquiz
09/06/2013
04.30 - It brightened up yesterday and we sat out most of the afternoon. There is an "Anglo Welsh" hire boat centre a few miles down from us and a couple of boats have passed on their way up the flight; one spoke as he went past and when he looked round found that the bow had drifted, so he pushed the tiller the wrong way and slammed us against the bank. I got talking to a fly fisherman who looks after a local brook and he offered me a chance to fish it, sadly I couldn't, but it shows there are still a few kind hearted people about.
We are hoping to get near the Kingswood junction with the GU today and then move onto the Hatton flight the next day, but we'll keep plodding on and see where we get.
In a standard deck of playing cards, what do the Queens hold in their hands?
11.00
Grand Union, B63
We had the cut to ourselves and did the 16 locks up to Kingswood junction by ten o clock, and that included filling and emptying. The moorings we are on are called "Tom o' the Wood" and are about 4 miles from Hatton top lock which is just after Shrewley tunnel. There are over twenty locks in the Hatton flight, all down and wide beam; we fitted our "wide lock" lines while we were in the last narrow lock and are ready to go tomorrow.
Trivquiz
10/06/2013
B63
05.00
Today we're having a rest and staying here; I've got to get the swelling down on my knee and laying down is the only way I can do it. Dawn has finished another blanket and this pic shows the next one in the planning stage; the signs are out again with a couple of blankets on show in the cratch.
I don't think we'll be doing the Stratford canal again as some of the locks were sods; it took both of us to shut the gates in some places. There is only one bottom gate, which means you can stay the same side of the lock, but it also means the gate is twice the size and weight of the normal double gates.
19.30
Warwick
Best laid plans and all that!! My knee had gone down over night so we decided to carry on; as we were getting ready to leave nb "Ami Bovard" came past, we have met a few times on our travels so we set off after them. At 11.45 we reached Hatton top lock and at 15.25, and 21 locks later, we exited Hatton bottom lock and tied up after the motorway bridge. We had a pair of boats snapping at our heels all the way, but with a single boat and one crew in front of us there was no need to hurry; their forward party would arrive at the lock muttering into a walkie talkie because we had not left the lock yet - ulcer material!!
Nigel and Glen off Ami Bovard are very good company and the girls worked their socks off at the locks; there was of course the incentive of Warwick's supermarkets.
11/06/2013
Warwick
06.00 - Crew is having a well deserved lay in this morning, before going through the two locks into the centre of Warwick; we then have Tesco and Lidl, with moorings directly outside and I think there's also an Asda not far from the cut. It's worked out well as we had our last two slices of bread toasted with cheese yesterday and the fridge is looking a bit bare.
15.00
Royal Leamington Spa
We set off just after ten and went through 2 locks to get to Tesco, where housekeeping filled her granny trolley and shopping bag. When all the food was stashed, we carried on a short way and tied up outside Lidl - another trolley and bag full. Ami Bovard was stopping shortly after, but we carried on through the towns and moored above Bridge 35.
12/06/2013
Royal Leamington Spa
05.00 - There are ten locks before Long Itchington, then another ten in the Stockton flight and finally the three Calcutt locks; after that, there's a clear run to Braunston junction, where we join the North Oxford canal. Once on the Oxford it's narrow beam all the way back to Gt. Haywood. If the weather's OK (the forecast is naff) we'll have a bash at the first ten today; there's a good Chinese take away at L. Itchington, so that's something to look forward to. Ann sent me the pic on the left and I thought it one of the best I've seen in a while.
Long Itchington
10.00 - There were lots of dark clouds rushing about, but we got the 10 locks done without it raining and moored up below lock 13 (near a pub). Most of the locks were set for us, making it a lot less work for the crew and, by only using one gate and one paddle, there's no need to cross the lock. I was looking the wrong way as usual as we crept into the moorings here; when we were tied up, Dawn casually said "Did you see that girl getting out of the shower in the boat we just passed".
If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, you will only see one color, pink.
If you stare at the the black + in the center, the moving dot turns to green.
Now, concentrate on the black + in the center of the picture. After a short period of time, all the pink dots will slowly disappear, and you will only see a green dot rotating.
13/06/2013
Long Itchington
04.30 - We're unsure whether to do the ten locks in the Stockton flight today and then stop, or carry on to Calcutt, I think the weather will again decide for us. It's been raining overnight and, as we're moored under trees, it's difficult to know when it has stopped without sticking your head outside. We ate on board last night, as it seemed a bit daft going out for a meal when the fridge is bulging after the last shopping spree - salmon, new pots and green beans, 'ansome.
North Oxford canal
Bridge 81
12.30 - Windy or wot!! The Stockton flight was in our favour and we made good time, so we pressed on and got to Braunston by 11.00, only to find the Elsan service point out of order, grrrr; the next one is at Hillmorton, about seven miles further on. We've started up the Oxford, but called it a day at lunchtime, because head of housekeeping wanted to put the whirly dryer up and dry a few shreddies, and we'd both had enough anyway. Dawn bought a couple more floor tiles at Midland Chandlers and has now completed the forepeak floor.
14/06/2013
04.00 - I'm glad we stopped when we did yesterday; I moored alongside a tall hedge for protection from the wind, but it still managed to rattle us a couple of times. The whirligig worked - hadn't been up an hour and it hissed down, Dawn called it a second rinse cycle and left the clothes out there. We're hoping the service point at Hillmorton is working when we call in this morning or we are in s**t street, literally. There are moorings at Newbold on Avon, about 4 miles past Hillmorton, with a good chippy nearby that Dawn found on a previous visit, so that's today's target.
Brinklow
11.00 - Sun was up when we left before six and the wind was only light. The Hillmorton locks were a lot easier to use than last year and, after emptying the cassette at the service point, we exited the bottom lock at 07.45. The wind picked up and the sun was replaced by girt big black clouds so, being the intrepid types we are, we tied up here at 10.15 and lit the stove - it's just started raining!
p.s. We didn't stop for chips!!
Ansty
16.00 - After lunch it brightened up and Dawn wanted to post a letter she had written to Mum, so off we set. Twas a mistake, as we neared the M6 motorway bridge it started with a light drizzle and then gradually built up into a reet downpour, until we had tied up here. Then guess what, out came the sun again, but at least Dawn can go looking for the post box in the dry.
15/06/2013
04.00 - Atherstone is where we're aiming for today and we're hoping for dry weather. There is only one lock, a small gauging one, at Hawkesbury junction, where we join the Coventry canal and then follow it north. There is a good depth of water in the Oxford (well there should be!) and if the Coventry is the same it will make life much easier.
Atherstone
11.00 - Left earlier than ever! Crew was still abed when I set off at 05.25 and, as there were no locks until Hawkesbury, she had a leisurely shower and was ready for the lock at 06.30. The Coventry has a good water level, so I was able to make good progress until about 09.30 when a few boats started moving; it was just my luck to get behind someone who was stuck in first gear but we hadn't got much further to go then. The rain has held off, but the wind seems to be getting stronger. Dawn's gone bargain hunting.
Perhaps there's some truth in the rumour that U boats have been sighted on the Coventry Canal.
16/06/2013
Atherstone
04.30 - Atherstone has a flight of 11 locks (down) and, after filling and emptying, this is our starting point today. It's not worth planning a stop as there are lots of good spots and it will depend on the weather and how we feel. We had our cod roe and chips yesterday and Dawn found a few things we needed, and some we didn't, in town. As there were no locks, Dawn spent the morning baking cakes; two malt loaves and a date and date cake, because we have no walnuts for the usual date and walnut cake. There was a heavy downpour with thunder at lunchtime, luckily we were moored up by then.
Fazeley Junction
12.00 - A good mornings cruising; we finished the Atherstone flight at 08.10 and carried on to do the two locks at Tamworth, before stopping here. There is still a breeze but the sun is dodging in and out of the clouds, so we have the chairs out for a bit of chilling. This place is normally packed with moored boats but today we had a choice of moorings and have tied up away from the junction and the pub.
A father in Birmingham buys a lie detector robot, that slaps people when they lie. He decides to test it out at dinner one night.

The father asks his son what he did that afternoon. The son says, "I did some schoolwork." The robot slaps the son.

The son says, "Okay, okay. I was at a friend's house watching movies."

Dad asks, "What movie did you watch?" Son says, "Toy Story."

The robot slaps the son. Son says, "Okay, okay, we were watching porn."

Dad says, "What? At your age I didn't even know what porn was."

The robot slaps the father.

Mom laughs and says, "Well, he certainly is your son."

The robot slaps the mother. ....... Robot for sale.
Lie Detecting Robot !!!
17/06/2013
04.00 - Fradley junction with the Trent & Mersey canal is about 11 miles away, with no locks and when we get there we always feel we're nearing home. The forecast is for dry weather, so I'll have my oilies ready!
Our provisions buyer would like to stop at Rugeley to do a spot of shopping, but getting there today is doubtful as it's another 7 miles past Fradley; there's no rush, so Tuesday looks favourite.
Rugeley
14.00 - Another good run in reasonable weather, just the odd light shower. We reached Fradley by 09.30 and went up the three locks, intending to stop then, but I felt OK and there were no more locks before Rugeley, so we carried on. There is a pub called the Ash Tree just before Rugeley and it has moorings right outside, so we stopped there for lunch and then pootled up here to the town moorings. Purchasing has already beetled off into town, she likes the shops here. The yellow flag irises that grow in the margins are in flower now and the wild foxgloves are just starting to bloom, making the banks very colourful. The hawthorn flowers are about finished and the elders are taking over from them in the hedgerows.
Trivquiz
18/06/2013
Gt Haywood
A very laid back 5 miles and 2 locks and we're back at Gt Haywood Marina. We filled up with diesel, 92.5ltrs £91.60, and replaced a gas bottle so, when we return, we're ready for the off. I think we'll travel back to Taunton tomorrow morning as there's not much we can do here and the weather is forecast to break up later in the week - I don't like motorway driving in the wet.
What type of material is produced in a Ginnery?
19/06/2013
Taunton
A good run down, despite the matrix signs warning that the motorway was closed between J13 & J15; it wasn't! We stopped at Burnham, in Morrison's car park and had a kip until the shops opened. We are now the proud owners of another three bags of wool, thanks to the "bargain" shop Larkins, but at least we got vittled up as well. We are on site at Dyers lane Taunton and the sun is out, we've got the chairs set up, so I expect it will disappear soon.
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Trivquiz
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Proof that Men Have Better Friends...
Friendship among Women:
A woman didn't come home one night. The next morning she told her husband that she had slept over at a friend's house. The man called his wife's 10 best friends. None of them knew anything about it.

Friendship among Men:
A man didn't come home one night. The next morning he told his wife that he had slept over at a friend's house. The woman called her husband's 10 best friends. Eight confirmed that he had slept over, and two said he was still there.
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The pope has finally lifted the ban on condoms. Training however, is still required.
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20/06/2013
Taunton
The storm we were warned about hasn't arrived yet, but we did have a fair drop of rain overnight. Marie, in central France, sent us an email and told us her friend's car had damage to the roof and windscreen following a hailstorm. We have not got a car until Friday, so I'm going to get on with a few jobs on the van; Dawn has the sewing machine out so that's her sorted. I need to fit a new 240v inlet, because the flaps hanging off, so that's my first job, when it stops drizzling.
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12.30
Inlet replaced with no problems, so I decided I'd have a go at the reversing camera. When the van went in for MOT, the examiner unplugged the screen (it's illegal, unless it switches on with the reversing light) and I buggered up the connector trying to refit it. Simples thinks I, I'll solder a 7 pin din plug and socket and then I can unplug it for next years MOT. That idea didn't work, so I resorted to choc block connectors and with it all connected up got a "No Signal" on the screen. I checked all the joints and connectors and Dawn even went outside to make sure nobody had pinched the camera. Eventually I found that the minute signal feed wire was actually an inner flex with screening flex round it; tis all sorted now.
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21/06/2013
Taunton
Strange to be driving a car again, but the traffic on the motorway keeps you awake. Mum is looking well and the plants Dawn put in the borders are coming on nicely, especially the petunias. We found the MiFi unit that we thought was lost and I set that up this afternoon, after I deciphered the codes that were printed inside the unit - is it me, or are they printing everything smaller? Dawn's new Kindle was waiting at Mums, so that needed setting up as well (the screen got damaged on the last one; ask her how at your peril!!). Any road up, it's all working well now and we've got wifi coming out of our ears. Dawn's been chasing after our alarm clock, trying to get a pic with his tail spread, this is about the best. It was just outside the toilet block and she got a funny look from a chap coming out when he saw the camera.

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Five blokes in an Audi Quattro arrived at an Essex Ferry checkpoint.

Tracey, in her brand new uniform, stops them and tells them: "I can't let you on the ferry. It is illegal to have 5 people in a Quattro. Quattro means four. One of you will have to get out and stay behind."

"Quattro is just the name of the car," the driver replies disbelievingly. "Look at the papers: this car is designed to carry five persons."

"You cannot pull that one on me. This is Tracey you're talking to here," she replies with a smile. "Quattro means four. You have five people in your car and you are therefore breaking the law. So I can't let you onto the ferry. It's more than my job's worth to let you all on."

The driver is now very cross and replies angrily, "I’ve had enough of you. Call your supervisor over. I want to speak to someone with more intelligence!"

"Sorry," responds Tracey, "but Sharon is busy with those two blokes in the Fiat Uno."
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22/06/2013
Taunton
05.00 - Peacock's awake, gawd bless him, and now the cockerel's joined in as well. We've got nothing definite planned for today; the Red Arrows are at the Weston Air Day so we may see them go over with the Vulcan. Dawn's getting the hang of her new Kindle and was still reading last night, when Morpheus grabbed me.
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Sinograms
Each of the anagrams below is a synonym of
"extinct"
IDEAL HOBS (9)
PEWIT DUO (5,3)
MARTEN DIET (10)
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15.30 - It's getting windy now but just the odd spot of drizzle. We had a ride out to Wellington, but could not park, so carried on to Cullompton and had fish and chips for lunch. As we passed over the motorway we saw plenty of west bound traffic, but it was moving OK and east bound was fairly light. I decided to come back on the motorway as it's a lot quicker and I needed a pee; there was a car and caravan in the middle lane swaying about in the wind but still doing just under seventy. . .
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A boy asks his granny, 'Have you seen my pills, they were labelled LSD?'
Granny replies, bugger the pills, have you seen the dragons in the kitchen?!
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23/06/2013
Taunton
06.00 - We're going over to Mum's this morning, it should be quieter on the roads today. The sun is trying to break through, so here's hoping the wind drops a bit and we can sit outside this afternoon. This MiFi unit is brilliant; Dawn's sussed out how to get books down to her Kindle and is going through all the books I've archived.
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16.00 - A lazy sort of day, seem to be getting a lot of them lately. After we saw Mum, we came back to the van and spent the afternoon here, Dawn crotcheting, and me reading and "playing" on t'computer. Mike and Jackie, off nb "Orion Dawn", emailed to say they were back in the marina, after doing the Llangollen and the four counties ring, and are now planning their next cruise. Tomorrow we have family visiting us in the morning and friends from France in the afternoon, so a busy day, for us, entertaining.
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Two women called at my door and asked what bread I ate, when I said white they gave me a lecture on the benefits of brown bread for 30 minutes. I think they were those Hovis Witnesses.
24/06/2013
Taunton
10.00 - It's dry but the wind has got a bite to it, I know, what do you expect in June, but I think it's too cold to sit outside so we've been tidying the van up, to make space for our visitors. Tidying up means stuffing everything in or under anywhere it will fit; the down side to this is that we usually "lose" something for weeks after.

18.00 - It kept fine for our guests, but we stayed in the van because of the cold wind. John and Jean gave Dawn some odd balls of wool for her blankets and brought us up to date with their news. Head of catering is now starting a chicken curry, but after the cakes we have eaten today I don't feel that hungry; I'd better eat it though or she'll get a strop on.
25/06/2013
Taunton
06.00 - Sun streaming in and it sounds as though the wind has dropped.
Julie is bringing the car over after she takes the bairns to school, so perhaps we'll go to t'seaside after visiting Mum.
G&T - are you about Sunday evening for Skyping?
15.00 - It's still shining so we gave up t'seaside idea and settled for sitting outside the van. Dawn's had the sewing machine out, repairing stuff for the boys and Mum; it takes very little out the batteries. When Maplins had them on offer, I bought a 12v converter for charging the laptop; it does various voltages between 15v and 24v and saves putting the inverter on - good bit of kit. While the laptop is charging I can also use the USB sockets to charge the phone and mifi.
A dog is a man's best friend. Other people say it's his wife (or partner). Well there is a way to prove this beyond doubt.
Grab your dog and other half and lock them in the boot of your car. Go down the pub for an hour or so.
When you get back, open the boot. Now, which one is pleased to see you...?
27/06/2013
Taunton
Off to get a blood test this morning and then pop round Mum's. The fencing chap called and said he will start the fencing at Mum's on Monday, so we'll stay here until the job's done.
14.30 - Blood test done and I'm now back at the van while Dawn takes Max, Julies dog, for a walk. On the way back we called in at Screwfix and got the rest of the shackles and turnbuckles we need, to replace the rusted ones on our bow and stern fenders. A D shackle from a chandlers usually costs over a quid, a pkt of 10 from Screwfix is just over £2.
28/06/2013
Taunton - in a house!!!
05.00 - Julie and family left yesterday, for a wedding in Scotland, so last night we slept at their place; I don't like being in a house again. We've got nothing planned for today, we'll just see what the weathers like and make up our minds later, probably have a trip to the coast.
15.00 - Sob, Curry's shares should have just rocketed, head of housekeeping dragged me in and bought me a spin dryer as an early Xmas pressie. The plastic twintub we had on the boat finally gave in to the treatment it was being subjected to and popped it's clogs. This is real low wattage, so van and boat inverters should run it OK; I'm now trying to convince management that she'll have to leave some shoes at home to help with the extra weight - think I'm on a loser! We popped back to the campsite cos Dawn wanted to do some washing in the site machines and when she went to collect it, found that "two b*****y Irish women" had taken it out before it was finished and dumped it in the sink, 'Er doesn't get cross easily but by 'ell she gave them an earful, fair made me blush.
I phoned the local builders today, I said to them 'Can I have a skip outside my house?' He said, 'I'm not stopping you!'
29/06/2013
Taunton
I've been taking advantage of Julie's wifi and Skyping friends in France; it doesn't matter how many emails you get, it's not the same as a chat. We visited Mum this morning and Dawn has just gone off to Sainsbury to top up our fridge and Julie's. If the fencing job goes to plan at Mum's, we will probably head back to the boat on Wednesday morning.
30/06/2013
Taunton
06.00 - Looks like a fine start here, which is good as we're off into the dark interior of Devon, to visit some friends. They live twixt the Taw and the Torridge (excellent rivers for trout and salmon) and I've yet to find an easy route to them.
Dawn's caught up with the washing now and has test driven the new spin dryer, I was surprised to find it had a good long mains lead, most leads seem to be as short as possible nowadays. We should be able to use it on the aft deck without running extension leads and it can drain directly overboard then. I dropped the odd hint that between making blankets she could advertise to do washing at reasonable rates; wet shirts can really sting when you're hit in the face with one. Some old curtains are being made into a drawstring bag to store the dryer in and, back on the boat, I've got to make up a fixing to keep it in place on top of the spare gas locker, for when I "bump things" as Dawn graciously put it.
18.00 - We just got back after having a great lunch with Nick and Olwen, good to have a chat as we don't often meet up. By coincidence, Lisa texted us and, as they were home, we nipped over to Barnstaple to see her and Paul before heading home.
Now we are collecting our gear together, to move back over to the van this evening; Ju and family are getting a six thirty flight from Edinburgh.