Wednesday, 31 January 2018
As it turns out we needn't have worried. It has gone up by just £9 and the majority of that is made up of an increase in insurance premium tax.
It is also renewal time for our Canal and Rivers Trust licence. We only licenced her for six months last time in a bid to split up some of the bills but as you can see we have ended up with a pair of bills together again. But neither of them is especially large so we will just renew them both for 12 months this time around.
Tuesday, 30 January 2018
Not only our own boat though. We can finally start looking forward to our first holiday of the year, and somehow our first time out of the country together on the Pride of Rotterdam at Easter.
Now we have both travelled out of the country before but somehow in the past 18 years we have always managed to end up staying and holidaying in the UK. Buying Naughty-Cal meant we holidayed a lot on her over the last 10 years.
But the time has come this year to head to the seas on some slightly larger vessels. First at Easter and then later in the year for our autumn holiday to Brittany.
Monday, 29 January 2018
A great museum we have not visited for a while but well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.
Sunday, 28 January 2018
We had a lovely evening with friends mostly centred around the Kelham Island area of Sheffield. It was nice to start the evening visiting a few pubs we have not been in before as well as some old favourites.
Then we moved on into town where we were slightly let down by the meal in BB's Italian when first the table wasn't ready on Time, second the service was poor and third the bring your own only applied to wine. On the plus side the food when it finally arrived was very good.
Saturday, 27 January 2018
We opted for the quiet night in with a curry last night. Liam choosing a stupidly hot lamb vindaloo. Hats off though he ate it.
This morning we have been getting ready for our friends arriving and prepping a few bits and bobs for our pre drink ploughmans lunch.
Friday, 26 January 2018
Yes that's right. Stay at home!
Not as crazy as it may seem. We have some friends coming over to stay tomorrow night and we are going to meet some other friends in town for a night out in Sheffield.
Tonight we are going to have a relatively quiet one with a few drinks and a curry at home. We may have a walk to the local for a few beers as well. It depends what the weather is doing and how we feel after work. Both of us have the starting of a cold so if we don't feel up too it we will just settle down on the sofa with a few beers at home instead.
Thursday, 25 January 2018
This year we are going to try at least and improve on that and have at the most a fifth of a tank which will be about 45 litres and enough to get us somewhere to refuel but not too much to trail around.
On the plus side we won't have the dinghy and outboard to take this year. We just won't need them so they can stay at home in the garage this year. That will lighten the load considerably as well. We will also of course have a thorough clear out of all of the cupboards and lockers and get rid of anything we don't need to take and the water and holding tanks will be emptied as the final effort to shed some weight.
This year we promise we will not be over weight. And that is both us and the boat!
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
It is still a bit early in the year for heading too far afield. The days are not really long enough and we are constrained by lock opening hours.
We have a group trip planned to head to West Stockwith towards the end of March but that is quite a way into the future from now. Easter is quite early at the end of March this year and we won't be on the boat for that either. So in the coming few weeks we really do need to get some miles under our belts, perhaps on the Witham if the weather and river levels allow.
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Over the years the other two have passed away but this one keeps on trooping on. It has had several near miss experiences, usually associated with a move of location or a move of house. It doesn't like change it would seem. But each time we have nursed it back to health and to this day it remains in reasonable health.
Well this year it has decided to flower. It has done this in the past but not every year. But this year the flowers seem to be huge compared to previous attempts and there are far more of them.
Hopefully we can coax another 17 years or more out of the little tree.
Monday, 22 January 2018
Sunday, 21 January 2018
The Best evening's out often end up being the completely unplanned ones.
After watching Darkest Hour yesterday afternoon we bumped into friends and had a few beers in the Royal William before heading around the corner for a very nice Thai meal. After which we headed back to the marina to get plugged in and heat the boat through.
The party then carried on until the early hours of this morning. I bailed out a 3am! The others carried on a bit longer.
Sore heads all round today.
Saturday, 20 January 2018
We had a lovely chilled evening on our berth last night watching a film, Patriot Games this time, enjoying a few drinks and layer on tucking into a home cooked dinner of turkey mince spag bol with pasta and home made garlic bread. A nice start to the weekend.
This morning we have had a bit of a lie in, well 8am but we call that a lie in. Before getting up and about showered changed and heading across to Woodcocks for a fine breakfast to set us up for the day.
Shortly we will be heading into town to do a bit of shopping before heading to the cinema at 2pm to watch Darkest Hour. We think we will stay in town tonight and go for a curry later.
Friday, 19 January 2018
I'm glad to say that we did both make it to the shops to do the mini stock up and both made it to work with no incidents but others have not been so lucky with accidents right across the city.
With temperatures not much above freezing even now it will be a steady drive to the marina this evening. We want to get there in one piece and it doesn't matter how long it takes us as we are not going out anywhere tonight. We have instead opted for a quiet night in front of some TV and a turkey mince spag bol with homemade garlic bread for later in the evening.
Thursday, 18 January 2018
But now it is time to start looking into the nitty gritty of the detail. We know that we will have eight days on the non tidal river and a further seven in London. But we needed to decide where we would book our marina berth in London for the week. St Katherines Dock is centrally located but you pay for that priviledge with high mooring fees, or Limehouse a little further out of the city with cheaper mooring fees, free for 24 hours for CRT licence holders and a short public transport trip into the city? A difficult choice indeed.
In the end we have chosen St Katherines Dock. We don't plan to do this trip again in a hurry so we may as well make the most of it this time around and be right in the thick of it for the week. So yesterday I booked the berth. Decision made.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
But when Le Boat came to us with an offer that was just too good to turn down for Easter next year we jumped at the chance to take it. So Easter 2019 we will be cruising the waterways of Belgium on their boat the Cirrus B. Another 2 berth cruiser, about the same size as the Capri TS that we are hiring later this year but a completely different layout.
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
We have seen the odd flurry as we have driven across the city to work but nothing to write home about. Hopefully it will stay that way through the day.
We have been starting to think about what we might do this coming weekend. Liam is keen to go to the cinema to watch Darkest Hour so we might do that on Saturday afternoon. Handy as the cinema is just across the pool from the visitor moorings.
Monday, 15 January 2018
Our trip down the Witham was lovely with not another boat on the move and the same on the way back although we did meet up with Lincoln Canoe Club towards Burton Waters entrance.
With the boat back on our berth yesterday morning we decided it was time to give her a long over due good clean and scrub down. I set about the cabin while Liam set about outside in the cold scrubbing down the decks. Within a couple of hours Naughty-Cal was looking like a different boat, gleaming in the last of the afternoon light.
With a few beers we then sat back and watched a few episodes of Happy Days before heading across to Woodcocks for a pleasant Sunday evening meal. Then it was time to head back to the boat and get ready for work this morning.
Sunday, 14 January 2018
We both enjoyed a nice meal at the Ferry Boat last night. Liam had a nice run eye steak with all the trimmings and I opted for the fish and chips which was more like whale and chips when it arrived!
Today we will have a steady run back to Lincoln before heading back to the marina. We have had a change of plan as our guests can't make it today so we will probably eat at Woodcocks tonight to round off the weekend.
Saturday, 13 January 2018
Friday, 12 January 2018
Thursday, 11 January 2018
We are thinking that a night out in Lincoln tomorrow evening might make a nice start to the weekend. I need to be in Lincoln bright and early on Saturday as I have an appointment for my hair cutting so it makes sense to spend the night down there and have a few beers and a bite to eat.
On Saturday after a morning in town we will head back to the marina and get the boat tidied up and give her a good scrub ready for our guests on Sunday. We have a voucher for some money off at the Woodcocks pub on the marina so we may just end up in there on Saturday evening for dinner.
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
We have both put on more then a few pounds over the festive period so it is time to start back on the healthy eating and more exercise plan which was so successful for us this time last year. We both want to be back down to fighting weight by the time we go away at Easter which should be more then achievable with a steady pound or so lost each week.
We made a steady start to getting back into the routine last week with starting to take salad boxes to work for dinner again, slowly weaning ourselves back into the healthier meals in the evenings but still with a supplement of chocolate as we watched the TV for an hour in the evening. With that now gone the pounds should start to come off again. Well fingers crossed they will anyway.
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
It isn't too far from our house and makes for a lovely run across the Snake Pass and it would have been rude not to call into one of our favourite pubs on the way back.