Friday, 30 November 2018
It will be the first time we have had a weekend at home in ages so it will make a nice change. We know that Naughty-Cal is tucked up safe on her berth so there are no worries there.
If we are staying at home it will also give us a chance to take the dog to some different places for his walks this weekend. Give him some new places to explore. We have been itching to go and see one of our local reservoirs at Lady Bower where the water levels are so low that the long gone village, flooded to create the reservoir is now visible. So it looks like this will be our chance.
Thursday, 29 November 2018
Our new smart TV arrives tomorrow. We have been a bit behind the times with this as this will be our first smart TV. In fact we don't even have home broadband so as part of this purchase we have had to sign up to that as well. So the cheap TV is not all that cheap by the time we have finished. They don't arrive to install the broadband until the 18th December so until then we will have to manage with the tethering on our phones. We both get 30GB of tethering within our mobile allowances so we should have enough to last until then. Well in fact we will have more like 120GB to play with as both of our allowances will switch over during the period in question.
The last appliance to buy will be the replacement fridge for the boat. We are still not 100% decided which one we are going to buy. More on this as we decide which way to go. But none of the options available is straight forward.
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Why? I hear you ask?
Well we have decided that we are going to stay in our current property for the next five or six years. The aim is to remortgage to a much better deal and have it paid off in five years. And as part of that plan I have said that if we are doing this then I want a washer dryer. No more hanging clothes up to dry around the house.
Now we unfortunately don't have room for a separate dryer so it has to be a combined washer dryer unit. We pick our new one up on Saturday morning so hopefully by Saturday afternoon we will have a working washing machine and also a dryer. Then I can make the clothes horses redundant and strip them down to put them in the recycling bins and we can regain our home from the acres of drying clothes we seem to accumulate at this time of the year.
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Monday, 26 November 2018
Sunday, 25 November 2018
We had a brilliant night last night in Saxilby. There are plenty of sore heads this morning.
Our fridge decided that it has had enough this weekend. I don't suppose we can complain as it has not been turned off for ten years!
It is not going to be cheap to replace though. The cheapest price so far is £500 for the fridge and then a further £30 for the mounting kit!
Saturday, 24 November 2018
And so begins another busy weekend.
Sydney has been dropped off at the dog sitters for the evening as we have a party to attend in Saxilby this evening.
While he is away we are taking the opportunity to get the boat scrubbed up and get a few jobs done before we head out onto the river.
Friday, 23 November 2018
So tonight we plan to have a quiet night in with a film and a few drinks and later on a warming meal of spicy bbq chicken and chorizo casserole served with some wild rice and home made garlic bread. Perfect for an autumnal evening on board.
I cheated of course and made the casserole in the week and stuck it in the freezer so that all we have to do tonight is warm it through for a nice easy ten minute meal.
Then after one relaxing evening it is back to the busy busy tomorrow. But more on that tomorrow. For today we will concentrate on being relaxed.
Thursday, 22 November 2018
We had not even set out to buy a boat like Naughty-Cal, we were heading out to order a new river cruiser to gently plod around on the inland waterways. No way did we envisage buying a sports boat capable of taking us to sea.
We jumped in blind and could quite easily have made a huge and expensive mistake. But we took things gently to start with until we got used to how she handled and slowly but surely took bigger and bigger steps.
Looking back we can still remember those big miles stones, our first trip down the Humber to Hull, our first sea trip in company to Wells next the Sea, our first sea trip alone to Kings Lynn and then our first big coastal trip alone to Newcastle and North Shields. We look back on these trips with fond memories and hope that there will be many more to come.
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
It was cold all day yesterday and the rain at times had turned a little on the wintry side. Snow had fallen over the Snake Pass and the road was closed during the afternoon. So it had been a game of guessing where the snow line would stop it's advance.
We are not out of the woods yet, so to speak. We have another bitterly cold day forecast here in Sheffield with temperatures a touch down on yesterdays even and with the promise of rain showers again we could yet see the first snow flurries of the season in Sheffield tonight.
Fingers crossed it stays away as the weather looks set to get a touch warmer for the weekend.
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
But this is no bad thing for the girl. She deserves a rest along with the rest of us. It has been a busy year and despite a slow start to the year and holidays away from the boat this year we have racked up an increasing amount of miles already with still well over a month of this year to go. In fact we have already well beaten last years total. But last year was unusually low for us due to the long distance Cal travelled by road.
Monday, 19 November 2018
Sunday, 18 November 2018
We have had a beautiful morning in Washingborough. A cold and frosty start which quickly gave way to a sunny day.
We met up with Woody, Sydney's brother and the pair spent the morning charging around and tiring each out on the river bank.
Sadly now it's time to head back to the marina.