Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
The cockpit upholstery is starting to show signs of wear in places, perhaps not surprising considering the use it has had, after all Naughty-Cal is coming up for 14 years old next year.
So at the weekend we had a chat with Chris Potts of Marine and Industrial Covers and booked Cal in for a retrim in February, Chris's quieter time of the year.
We have decided against the traditional white vinyl with blue piping and have opted for something just a little bit more modern, something Chris has yet to do on a Sealine S23 so he is up for the challenge and we are keen to give it a try. I won't let much more out of the bag just yet. You will have to wait and see the finished article in a few months time!
Monday, 28 November 2016
Dinner was a fine selection of seafood that we had bought from Lincoln Markets on Saturday afternoon. It comprised of tuna steak, salmon fillet, crevettes, king scallop and a good helping of kale.
A fine way to end a fine weekend.
Sunday, 27 November 2016
After a bright start yesterday quickly turned into a murky and foggy day.
We only had a short run to Lincoln though so not too bad to put us off.
We enjoyed a nice day in Lincoln doing a bit of shopping before having a few beers then heading to the Pyewipe for an evening meal.
We are now back on our home berth having enjoyed a nice breakfast and will shortly be off for a walk around the marina for some inspiration, but more on that in the week.
Saturday, 26 November 2016
It is a lovely frosty start to the weekend. Bright and crisp with barely a breathe of wind.
We had an evening on board Naughty-Cal last night with a few beers, a few friends and finally to finish off some nice food. We had a really nice meal of rainbow trout, wholegrain basmati rice and mixed med style veg.
Friday, 25 November 2016
A real shame as we had been looking forward to heading out onto the Trent and having a meal in The Ferry Boat at Laneham.
Never mind it will wait for another day. Even if the gates do open today the river levels will still be high and we don't want to have to be wading through flood waters on the banks to get to the pub or more importantly in the dark on the way back from the pub, so the decision has been made, rather sensibly to call off the trip and head into Lincoln for a curry instea
Thursday, 24 November 2016
But for certain trips we have to do a certain amount of planning. Next summers trip to Scotland is one such trip. We already know that we are being dropped into the water at Inverness, and after a day sorting the boat out in Inverness Marina we will be heading onto the Caledonian Canal for a week. This part is fairly simple but then we have a further week on the West coast of Scotland to plan out. So we needed to start looking at places we would like to visit.
So far the list is looking a bit like this:
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
But it looks very much like the Trent has other ideas:
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
It made for a pretty long journey home for some after work.
Here are a selection of photos taken from around the city last night and this morning.
Monday, 21 November 2016
It was a pleasant enough run on Saturday with the sun shining, it was cold out though and the heating was on pretty much all day which made the boat toasty warm but we felt the difference when we got off to walk to the pub.
Sunday wasn't a great day though, bitterly cold and wet. Again the heating was on all day, so we were warm and dry on board as we cruised back to base to spend the afternoon on our home berth watching a couple of films while the rain lashed down outside. We finished off the evening with a home cooked meal of pork fillet, new potatoes in a home made cheese sauce and a selection of stir fried vegetables. A nice way to end a relaxing weekend.
Next weekend promises not to be quite so laid back, but more on that later in the week.
Sunday, 20 November 2016
It was a typically autumnal day on the Fossdyke yesterday, bright and clear but chilly. So with the heating on we had a steady run down to Torksey where we had a lovely meal in the White Swan last night.
This morning couldn't be in starker contrast with heavy rain and squally winds.
Saturday, 19 November 2016
Friday, 18 November 2016
Thursday, 17 November 2016
This morning one such photo popped up of Naughty-Cal and historic narrowboat Python on the Trent. A happy memory of a great day that seems much longer ago then just one year.
Here it is for you again. Photo taken by Jan Warsop on a lovely November weekend in 2015.
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
I had taken one of the drawers out for cleaning after having emptied it and discovered just how iced up the freezer had become. So iced up that we struggled to even get the shelf back in again once cleaned, so that was it. Nothing for it but to defrost the whole thing while there is not a lot of food in there. We always run the freezer down towards this time of year so that we can stock it up with fresh produce for the upcoming festive period.
It only took a few hours to defrost in the end, but it is a messy job with water and ice everywhere. With the ice all gone it was time to clean the other three drawers and the freezer body and sift through the remaining contents, now sat in a cool box keeping chilled to decide what was worthy of keeping. In the end most of it was kept as there was very little in there to start with.
So we now have a very clean and quite empty freezer waiting for the Christmas produce to arrive.
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
In a way it is nice to not be rushing around and charging around the waterways, but in another way I am already missing the variety that this brought with it. As much as we like the Fossdyke it is now becoming a bit boring. We really must head out a little further this coming weekend just to save my sanity. Anywhere will do. Even just to drop down onto the Witham for the evening.
Monday, 14 November 2016
Even so we decided that it was probably time to add a little extra help to keep the moisture at bay so have added a moisture trap to the cabin. Every little helps I suppose.
We have opted for the Unibond Aero 360 as it is a modern design but also the manufacturers claim it is 40% more efficient at trapping water then the older design crystals and traps. It is also spill proof which is an added bonus on a boat.
We bought the device on Saturday afternoon when we arrived in Lincoln but didn't set it up until yesterday morning. In less then 24 hours it has already collected more moisture then I anticipated it would, which can of course only be a good thing. I will be interested to see just how much it collects during the week whilst we are at home.
Sunday, 13 November 2016
After much deliberation we finally decided to have a night out in Lincoln yesterday.
We had several drinks in The Rogue Saint before heading for a chicken wrap and then back to the boat for a few more drinks and to listen to some music.
We moored through the Glory Hole this week as it is a quieter spot by night then the moorings outside the university.
Saturday, 12 November 2016
We had an evening in the marina last night. As a few other friends were planning an evening in Harbour Lights we decided we would join them.
We all picked a different selection of main courses and they were to be honest a bit hit and miss. My fish and chips were lovely, Liam said his rib eye was OK but nothing special. The rest of the table also had mixed reviews with the bangers and mash being excellent but the belly pork a bit of a let down.
Regardless of the success of the food we still had a great night .
Now with the rain pouring down outside it will be a lazy day today.
Friday, 11 November 2016
Thursday, 10 November 2016
Hope and pray the forecast is wrong, or just get on with it and accept that we will be getting wet?
I suspect we will end up opting for the latter option. It's only a bit of rain after all. We won't melt if we get wet.
On the plus side it is forecast to be a little bit milder then it has been in recent days. Almost double figure temperatures again for the weekend. It will feel positively balmy after a few days of temperatures struggling a couple of degrees above freezing here in Sheffield!
Wednesday, 9 November 2016
More details on the RCR Facebook page here:
And for those who don't use Facebook a couple of pictures taken from the page of the rescue below:
Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Tonight they have forecast the first real snow of the winter for both Sheffield and Lincoln, so we will be keeping a close eye on the weather in both cities. Thankfully it only looks set to be a brief spell mind, just enough to cause chaos on the roads of Sheffield tomorrow morning before melting again in time for the weekend.
Monday, 7 November 2016
Despite the weather we had a great weekend. Saturday was a lazy start with eggs benedict for breakfast, before heading across to the fuel berth to fill the diesel tank. 158 litres later and a gas bottle exchange for good measure and we were ready to head down river to Saxilby. No great journey at only 4 miles from our home berth but a good destination for our bonfire evening.
Sunday was another lazy day. Neither of us could be bothered to get up with the rain beating on the canopies, so we rolled over and had another hour in bed. Eventually getting up at about 10am, late for us, we enjoyed a breakfast of duck egg and soldiers before scurrying back to the marina to get tucked up with a couple of beers watching Stephen King's IT, before heading across to Harbour Lights for sunday dinner, which was delicious. We will certainly be going back again for food.
Sunday, 6 November 2016
Saturday, 5 November 2016
We had a quiet Friday night in the marina last night. We watched the fireworks from the David Lloyd's display from the back of the boat before heading across to Harbour Lights for a few drinks.
Today we need to go and get some diesel before heading out onto the river for the weekend.
Friday, 4 November 2016
But how do we know that they are working? Well ordinarily without lifting the engine hatch you wouldn't know. So to prevent having to do this a couple of times a weekend, years ago we bought a weather station with a remote sensor which we fitted in the engine bay. This recorded the temperature and humidity in the engine bay and also in the cabin where the main unit lives.
Our current weather station is some 6 years old now and was occasionally losing signal from the remote sensor so we have decided that it is about time we buy another one. So yesterday I ordered a new one from Ebay for the princely sum of £16. It won't be delivered until the middle of next week but we plan to put the engine bay heater in place this weekend anyway as the evenings have started to get a bit on the chilly side.
Thursday, 3 November 2016
The farm was taken over about 18 months ago but the new owners still carry on the egg and preserve business as well as the small camp site adjacent the farm.
While out and about on a little drive on Sunday afternoon we decided to call in an buy some more eggs and bumped into the new owners who told us all about their new plan. One of the barns is currently being fitted out as a micro brewery. They already brew on a small scale but their ale was proving so popular that they have decided to upsize. They are, or were, just a couple of weeks away from the kit being fully installed and functional.
So watch this space for more updates.
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
She had rather rudely been stuffed into the garage on the day we got back from Cornwall and has been sulking in there, covered in sand and salt ever since, nearly a month ago!
So we fired her up and on the way to work gave her a good thorough jet wash and soak to wash away the dirt and grime, making sure that the underneath was also pressure washed to wash away any sand or salt clinging to the floor pans.
It will probably be a quiet time for the Sierra now, she will only come out in nice weather. It was a bit cold for bringing her out today, I had to scrape ice from the windscreen of the Nissan!