Friday, 21 September 2018


Yesterday was a day of torrential rain and at times gale force winds. Sheffield took quite a hammering and the wind and rain had not abated when we decided to call it a day and tuck ourselves into bed at 10pm.  In fact it is still raining as I type now.

Needless to say with the amounts of water involved there was a fair bit of flooding around the city which made the commute home even more arduous then usual. We were all happy to get home, shut the door on the miserable weather and get tucked up warm with the heating on and a lovely quorn chilli served on some jacket potatoes to warm us through after a thoroughly soggy dog walk.

Today looks to be getting brighter as the day goes by but the wind is still set to be blustery. Tonight we are heading to the boat but another night in with a film beckons as the rain from the last couple of days filters into the Fossdyke the levels are on the rise so it would be unwise for us to venture out and risk getting locked out!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Not Boating Weather

I'm almost glad we have been at work this week. The weather has hardly been conducive to boating what with the pair of Storms Helena and Ali showing their force and today the forecast is for heavy rain pretty much all day, although as I type here in Sheffield we are in the middle of a drier interlude.

Of course it is Thursday when the rain is forecast. The one day a week that I have to go and walk the dog at lunchtime as the receptionist at the garage doesn't work on a Thursday!

So this morning I dug out the big waterproof jacket with a hood on. Our trusty wet weather Pac a Mac's we bought in Scotland which would have been ideal are of course still on the boat. But never mind, it will be what it will be and I will get as wet as I get. 

Wednesday, 19 September 2018


It is time to start thinking about when we are going to pull Naughty-Cal out of the water for the winter and start thinking about what little jobs we would like to get completed during the time she will be ashore.

There will be the usual servicing to the outdrive which will include changing the oil seals, flushing the drive through with oil and then refilling it with fresh oil, changing the bellows and the anodes and generally giving the drive a general tidy up and scrub clean.

But then there are the miriad of other little odd jobs that rear their heads throughout the season on top of the usual hull and super structure polish and application of fresh antifoul paint.

We are still undecided as to when to pull her out this year. Do we do it before Christmas or do we wait until into the new year? How long will we need out of the water? Will it be a quick couple of weeks spruce up? A month? Or do we need to stretch it out to three as we have done previously?

We have still to decide all of this in the coming couple of months.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018


Just a couple of weeks ago we were saying we would like to know what became of Sydneys litter mates and wondered if any of them would look the same.

Well this weekend we found out the answer to that thanks to some friends bumping into this little chap and his owner at Washingborough on Saturday morning.

At first glance they thought it was Sydney so they went over to chat to the owner. Of course it isn't Sydney it is Woody, but the similarities are striking to say the very least. 

Woody lives in Washingborough and is rather remarkably also a rescue dog from Saxilby and is about 20 months old. Now I am one for believing in coincidence but these ones are stacking up far too much now. So this coming Saturday we are heading to Washingborough to see Woody and his owner and see how the two dogs react to each other.

Could Woody be Sydney's brother?

Monday, 17 September 2018

Back Home Again

After yet another brilliant if not exhausting weekend we are now back in Sheffield again and into the swing of working and home life once more for the next five days.

Tonight we will take Sydney for a good long walk after work and then it will be home to start on the mountain of washing we seem to have produced over this last weekend and rustling up something nice and healthy for dinner. 

I'm thinking that a nice quorn mince and kidney bean shepherd's pie with a sweet potato mash topping should fit the bill for this evening. Nice and filling for these darker evenings that are trawling in.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

All Aboard

We have had a brilliant day on Naughty-cal in the company of Anthony and Samantha.

Now it is time to chill out with a couple of beers and later we think we will be lazy and order in a pizza for dinner.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Letting Off Steam

After a lazy start with a couple of coffees it was time to take Sydney to the playing fieldsfor a charge around and let off some steam.

Now back on the boat we have had breakfast and now it is time to build up some enthusiasm about cleaning the boat before we head into Lincoln.