Thursday, 29 June 2017

This Time Next Week

This time next week we should be just about crossing over the border into Scotland.

We spoke to the chap who is taking us up last night to decide how we are going to tackle the massive drive up there.

We eventually all decided that the best option is to have an early start.

So come 3am next Thursday morning our alarm will be chiming away to wake us up and signal the start of a long day. We hope that by 4am the boat will be strapped down on the trailer and we will be hitting the road.

With a bit of luck, some light traffic and couple of pit stops we are hoping that we will be in Inverness Marina by about 2pm, which will give us plenty of time to get the boat off loaded and back into the water where she belongs, get things sorted out again inside and give her a good scrub before we hit the town later on in the evening for a curry and a few beers.

Exciting times ahead.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Tying Up Loose Ends

With this weekend being our last on the boat before we head off to Scotland we will be tying up a few loose ends before the off. 

Most of the little bits and bobs of jobs have now been completed. We just have the shower room tap heads to replace but we are leaving these until the very last minute. The originals are horrible little plastic jobbies that are really not up to the job. They wear away far too easily which means they never work properly for long. So sensibly we have bought a new pair but will wait until Sunday evening to fit them. They will definitely work all through the holiday then!

Our very last job on Sunday evening will be fitting the tonneau cover ready for road transport on Thursday morning. This will make sleeping on the boat a bit awkward on Sunday evening and Wednesday evening but it will save us a job for the early hours of Thursday morning, which lets be honest we wouldn't be in the mood to do at that point. 

Other than these few loose ends I believe we are there.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

All The Essentials

After the other weekends break down and our quick and inexpensive fix for it, it was essential that we had a decent run out at the weekend just gone to check that the fault has now gone away.

The half hour run into Lincoln on Friday night wasn't really a thorough test but the over two hour run to Torksey on Saturday was better. Everything worked as it should and the leg behaved itself. We have another run out planned for this coming weekend so fingers crossed it will behave itself again.

Tonight we are off to Liam's sisters to pick up more essentials for the trip. This time it is a couple of bottles of Avon's Skin So Soft to hopefully keep the midges and bitey insects at bay whilst we are in Scotland!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Almost Ready

After a lovely evening in Torksey lock cut on Saturday we had a busy day yesterday. We were back through the lock by 9.15am and on our way back to the marina. We had a late breakfast/brunch of gammon and mushroom omelette at 11.30am when we arrived back before setting about our jobs for the day.

Liam's task was scrubbing the dinghy from top to bottom which was no mean feat. The bottom was filthy but with the aid of some magic sponge and some Boat Bottom Cleaner it was after a couple of hours looking as good as new again.

My job whilst Liam was busy scrubbing was to empty out all of the cupboards and remove anything that we didn't need to take to Scotland with us. It is amazing what clutter we manage to collect in such a short space of time. With the cupboards stripped back and three black bags of rubbish and two bags to take home the boat is now much lighter.

After the cupboards were sorted I turned my attention to the anchor locker. The spare fenders were treated to some new fender ropes and fender clips. A now redundant set of spare ropes was removed and everything was generally tidied up a little.

We are to all intents and purposes pretty much ready to go now.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

In The Cut

We had a nice day in the Torksey Lock cut moorings yesterday with drinks on the pontoon followed by drinks in the pub and then back to the pontoon for a BBQ.

This morning we will lock back through onto the Fossdyke and then head back to the marina to clean the dinghy and sort out some of the cupboards on the boat.

Saturday, 24 June 2017


What was supposed to be a quiet few drinks turned into a bit of a session last night when we met up with some old friends.

Needless to say we are both feeling the effects this morning but we will survive.

Time for breakfast now followed by a spit of shopping then the trip to Torksey for a BBQ later on.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Work and Pleasure

This weekend will be a mixture of work and pleasure. Starting with the pleasure of course.

Tonight we plan to head into Lincoln for a night out on the town with a few beers and a bite to eat later on. This means that we will be in town in the morning to pick up some shopping from the markets for tomorrow evenings planned BBQ at Torksey. We have friends coming up from West Stockwith to see us so Torksey is the ideal meeting place.

It will be on Sunday that the work takes place. Liam is going to set about scrubbing the dinghy and whilst he is busy with this dirty task I am going to delve into Naughty-Cal's cupboards and clear out anything that we do not need to take to Scotland with us. This in itself is going to be a big job but one which needs doing as we need to shed any extra ounce of weight that we can to make towing just that bit easier.