We’re moving into the van next weekend. That gives us the beginning of next week to either store, give away or bin everything that we don’t have room for, and clean through the house.
On Saturday we took our little Acadiane down to our friend’s house near Winchester. It went on an “A” frame behind the Kon-Tiki and was very well behaved indeed.
On Saturday night we were at our friend Elaine’s 50th birthday party down near Portsmouth. It was fancy dress; the theme was “The Wizard or Oz” We assumed that there would be loads of scarecrows, lions, witches and tin men, so we went as the yellow brick road.
About 10 other people had the same idea; it ended up looking like a yellow brick interstate highway! Damn good party though.
We stayed the night in the car park then on Sunday met up with Ann-Marie’s parents, Carole and Peter and her Sister, Karen and Karen’s boyfriend, Andrew at the Liphook classic car show. Lots of shiny metal and interested huddles of people round open bonnets.
Star of the show was a Stanley Steamer in full working order driving round the site. We had a lovely picnic in the sunshine then hurtled back to Lincolnshire just in time to order our meals at our last-but-one 2CV club meeting at the pub. There must be an alternative to all this manic tearing around the country at weekends. If only there was a way we could slow down a bit. Oh, there is!
Happy Birthday Elaine, and thank you both for a fab party!
It’s now the beginning of September and we’re back at the
bottom of the River Lea. The last couple of months have been rather hectic to
say the least.
To start with, we had a lovely holiday on other people’s boats touring around the country visiting all our boaty mates, and a couple of non boaty ones
On the Friday, with Legend safely moored just above
Sawbridgworth lock, we set off in the car up the M11 to Nuneaton for a night
with Kim Luke and George. We had a lovely afternoon in Atherstone where, on a whim,
we went to the local tip shop and found the perfect lock for our back doors,
(more about that later) followed by tea and cake in The Larder; a 1940s café
that is worth a diversion from the cut if you are up that way.
In the evening Kim demonstrated her under-stairs cocktail bar to great effect.
On Saturday morning, after a ‘crafting’ session with George
we set of to Wistow on the GU Leicester line to an excited welcome from
Lindsay, Paul and gorgeous Jack who were moore…
The visitor moorings next to Union Wharf at Market
Harborough was about as close as we could get Legend to a marina without
actually being in one. The perfect place to leave it while we went away for a
A couple of days before we left, we had a very surreal trip
to Kettering services on the A14 to collect Chloe. We pulled in and parked up.
After ten minutes two BMWs arrived and parked next to us. We ran over, grabbed
Chloe from the back of one of them, threw a blanket over her head and bundled
her into our car before speeding off. Ok, we didn’t do that, but we thought
What actually happened was that Paul & Janice and Jon &
Jo and their kids, along with Chloe, were on their way from Granny and Grandad’s
house in Stowmarket, to Jon & Jo’s house in Matlock and we’d arranged to
meet them and tranship Chloe. We all trooped into the forecourt shop, then
after a quick chat and a cuppa went our separate ways. It was a brief encounter
but good to see everyone, espec…
Happy New Year Dear Reader!
If we are to make one resolution for 2016 it should be to
write more blog posts. The last one was at end of November and here we are in
January. For this we can only apologise; our lives have been happy and full,
and we are very sorry for not sharing them with you.
We left you at a windy Norton Junction. While we were there,
we made some alterations to enable us to winterise the boat easily. We put
antifreeze in the central heating and, as we’ve got an air-cooled engine, the only
other thing that could have been a problem was the water pipes. As it was, the
lowest point in the pipework was under the bath where access to drain the
system was impossible. We solved that problem by running a pair of new pipes
from there, through the wall into the bedroom, under the bed to a new lowest
point in the engine room bilge. We made a lift up panel in the engine room
floor and fitted stop-taps to the pipes so we can get a jug underneath them.
All we have to do now is t…