We moved on from Cropredy, had a couple of nights Banbury town centre, left Kim and Luke boat-sitting while we went to Frankie’s for her birthday and are now at Nell’s Bridge, just north of Aynho.
This is the view.
The M40 is just over there; we can hear it but it's not too bad. There’s a rare breed pig farm on the other side of the cut that sells eggs and sausages – we might be here for a while. There’s also a big secluded layby next to the bridge where we’ve parked our car and Ken the campervan, which we thought we’d sold but haven’t. We’re busy doing a tidy-up job on him and the layby is perfect.
Aboard Legend we now have these
The idea behind the solar panels being on a box lid is that they can tilt in any direction to make the most of the sun and still be locked to the box, which in turn is bolted to the roof. It’s a work in progress at the moment, but it does look good and has interested several other boaters.
When we moved from Banbury, Dave’s sister Anne came to stay for a night. (It’s the first time she’s been aboard; we think she’ll be back.)
Kim and Luke were visiting again that day and Coops just happened to be in the area, so by the time we got here there were six of us. We don’t need a better excuse than that to get the barbeque out. It was a beautiful evening; after dinner we had marshmallows then the barby turned into a little camp fire.
Sitting beside our boat, with our friends, round a campfire. We really suffer for our art, don’t we?
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…