Saturday, 21 June 2014

Tixhall Wide

Well, we made it to Tixhall Wide and the weather is lovely.  The trip from Handsacre was uneventful, which is good.  A boat passed us going in our direction just as we were about to leave.  We caught up with them at the bog shop (Armitage Shanks) and the steerer stopped to allow us to pass, letting us know he was a daudler.  That was nice of him.  Got past Colwich lock with only one boat in front and then tootled to tixhall to find the last remaining mooring spot.

This is our mooring at Handsacre, just after the winding hole (where you can turn the boat around)

And here we are at Tixhall Wide, a truly lovely spot

The Anglo Welsh Day boat passing us

Kath and Sarah enjoying the sun

We will now stay here until about 9 am tomorrow.  The engine is running to keep batteries topped un we have three 12 volt batteries which we use to run the fridge and tv and the odd charge of laptops etc.  Now we have a state of charge indicator we can see the draw on the batteries which helps us in terms of battery management.

Lots of boats passing us, mainly private with the odd hire boat.  The occasional fast boat but most are on tickover.  We are hard moored as I call it, using fenders to minimise the bumps from passing boats caused by water displacement, not them hitting us!

Lola dog has been in the water three times and is now drying off in the bow, no wow!

The new bathroom is working well now I understand how to adjust the draw on water.

That's it for today, hope you are all enjoying this lovely weather.

Friday, 20 June 2014


Dashed to the boat and after a 45 min journey realised I had left the keys behind.  Thankfully our spare set saved us thanks to our engineer Geoff Taylor.

So out we went at about 4:30 pm in glorious sunshine.  About ten mid out who did we pass?  No less than Terry Darlington of Narrowdog to Caucasonne fame onboard Phyllis May II.  A short trip from Kings Bromley to Hansacre today.  We have moored near, but not to near, to the pubs.  Then what passed us but these guys!  Boat and Butty.

Tomorrow it's off to Tixhall Wide or thereabouts. 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

A walk to Trent Lock

As we live close to the River Trent we decided upon a walk to Trent Lock via Cranfleet Lock.  Whilst it was dull it was still a nice warm day.  We wanted some food so the Trent Lock Pub was chosen as an alternative usual, the Steam Boat Inn.

Looking towards Cranfleet lock

 Daughter number 1 was at Nottingham Rowing Sprint Event and came away with two wins, coxed four and coxed eight.  Nice result.

Trying to upload via the IPad is a mess.  I have two accounts in Google and elsewhere, one a personal account and one boat account.  Its not working very well so I need to review. A short post, we are off to the boat this Friday to go up to Tixhall Wide or thereabouts.  Back to Bristol tomorrow, Coventry Wednesday and back home Thursday. Having staff in multiple locations does keep me busy!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Bathroom complete and photos

So, here we are in Rugeley, in the rain.  Their is a village/town fete or whatever today and we have heard various bands marching etc.  Rain is truly biblical so being on a boat is good!

Trip up from Kings Bromley commenced with a first time engine start, yippee, the air lock is sorted, I hope.

A few boats have passed us.  Helpfully, most are on tick over.

The bathroom is ideal and actually provides more room because the bulkhead facing the passageway has gone

Now you may think so what?  The previous toilet was a drop through pump out and was so high that our legs dangled as we sat, not comfortable.  The shower was smaller on the inside than it 
looked on the outside "sidrat" - work it out, the word is an opposite experience!

We are very pleased with the job and having a macerator with a full indicator helps also.  We are using the toilet with Eco flush mode.  As I type the sun has appeared, time to achieve my Saturday  no rules day, I am being very careful what I drink and eat during the week.  So it's off te the pub wiv me ipad.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Bathroom looks good!

Geoff Taylor has been fitting our new bathroom, after ripping out the old one.

No pictures yet as he has some little bits left to finish. But when done I will post on this blog.

He has done a superb job, I am very impressed with his thinking about the job as well as the high quality finish.  We now also have a pump out and rinse facility on the roof of the boat, so much better given our narrow gunwhales.  I will be posting his contact details on the home page.