Saturday 12th September to Saturday 19th September 2015
I know that it has been a week since my last informative blog but at the moment there just isn’t a lot of variety or interesting things actually happening.
It doesn’t make a lot of sense to tell you about going to the supermarket or that I have done the washing – the usual and normal domestic stuff that still happens, even on a boat.
What did happen that was interesting – nothing at all.
Sometimes it can be just uninteresting.
Sure I have done a bit of travelling – firstly from
down to Croxley
Green where Phil and Nikki now live with the two girls – Mia and Jessica. Cassiobury
I was very kindly invited to dinner on two consecutive nights – nothing flash, just good wholesome home cooked food and a chance for some conversation.
Croxley Green was interesting in a not-seen-it-before sense – worth a walk up the hill to see a varied group of shops offering quite a lot really and the Croxley underground station is right there as well.
A couple of days there and then it was down to Rickmansworth – nothing against it but I did need to empty the cassette and that was the nearest elsan point – I did however stay a couple of days – it was Champions League time and the White Bear shows all of the matches.
After that, I wanted to go down to Uxbridge – for fuel and I needed some packing rope for the stern gland. The fuel was only 59 ppl (self-declare) and I filled right up to the brim – it had been over 5 weeks since the last fill and I was happy with the 140 litres.
There was another boat waiting there at the same time and I was talking to the woman on the boat when she asked me a question that I had not been asked for a long time by a newly acquainted woman……
…..if I could guess where she came from, she had reached the conclusion that I was Australian. It is an indication of my improvement in picking some of the variety of accents of the
that I almost immediately picked it as of a Mancunian origin. UK
If you were thinking that she might have been about to ask me some other type of question then ….. you were wrong!
We compared notes on a few things but predominantly pump-out tanks – she was about to have hers removed and I informed her that we had done so last year – and could not be happier with the result – there, the conversation always comes around to toilets – the batteries being quite OK.
After that – it was back on the “road” – the water road (to use the title of Paul Gogarty’s book) and up to Harefield – why there? – well I was a bit tired, it was starting to rain (for the 5th or 6th time that morning and fairly heavy this time) and it was nice and open for a TV signal to see the Rugby World Cup.
And today, Saturday, it was such an incredibly brilliant day – the sun was out from the very start and stayed out until disappearing behind the tress – a lovely warm day – and being the weekend there were so many people out and about; the sun giving them a new energy to engage with others.
|This shot above Common Moor Lock was so peaceful and showed how lovely not|
only the scenery was but also the day
|I don't recall seeing a dutch barge going through a lock but that is exactly what |
was happening at Lock 77 today
I finally moored up back at
from whence I had left just 4 days
previously but I think I will be here until next weekend when I will wind and
head back south again but perhaps carry on past Uxbridge. Cassiobury Park
There, not much of an interesting week at all; I have hardly done anything at all.
Somewhere in there I have resealed the bath, cleaned the Reflecs stove; done a check on the stoppages over winter to see where we can cruise to; and of course a few loads of washing (had to get that in for Paul and Bruce).
Someone is bound to ask about the heading for this blog – why 41?
If I had written this yesterday then it would have been 42 and I could have given erroneous answers about the answer to the ultimate question of life and the universe, but quite simply it is a countdown.
There are now 41 days left until Diane returns.
|Whatever caption I may wish to add may not be a wise move on my part, just|
to say though, she is the best...
19 Miles, 24 Locks
YTD: 809 Miles (1302 km) , 508 Locks, 14 Tunnels, 11
16 Swing Bridges
Total: 3703 Miles (5959 km) , 2629 Locks, 112 Tunnels, 45
167 Swing Bridges