Relatively early on Thursday morning I moved the boat about 200 metres with a bit of wind about and reversed it into the allocated space that we had - as is usually the case there was no-one about to see it done perfectly - even Diane was still in bed.
The reason for this is to have solar panels fitted - Tim Davies at Onboard Solar was doing job - a 9:30 start and just over 2 hours later they were all installed.
The irony of all of this is that the rain virtually did not stop the whole time; the overcast skies weren't the ideal situation to see how well the system was working, but it still was producing 1-2 amps.
I think we understood that it would be much better in sunny conditions - even on cloudy dry days.
After coughing up the payment we set off - without the rain - and we were heading down the River Soar.
|Hard to tell from a distance - is it snow or blossom?|
|Approaching Kegworth Deep Lock|
|Still on locking duties whilst the skipper's knee is on the mend|
That was it for the day; we had positioned the panels to catch anything that may come forth later.
We would normally have run the engine for a bit longer after mooring but we decided to test the system - nothing to lose.
The rain did stop, the amps started to flow and the batteries were being topped up.
Looked very promising - and naturally we were looking almost constantly to see what was happening - guess we might be doing that for awhile until we get more used to it.
It was not from the excitement of the thought of having the panels and most probably reducing the running of the engine for our power that interrupted sleep that night - seems we were moored on the flight path to
Next day we were heading to Loughborough and it was only just over a 2 hour run; just short of the turn we moored up and let the sun do the rest whilst we went off to do some shopping.
|Sunny days - warmth on the back|
|another house that Diane would buy if we won the lottery -|
yes it has a mooring for the Dutch barge
|we saw the motorhome |
immediately thought of Elaine and Paul (mh Manly Ferry)
Weather reports for Saturday suggested that it would be a good day to not move much - we took it as not move at all and so we did - not move that is.
No need to have to run the engine - peace and quiet all day
|The new addition - if not for the fact that we have to move, they|
almost replace the engine.
All through this we kept checking and smiling - are we happy about it - so far you have to say yes.
11 Miles, 7 Locks
Totals: 2428 Miles, 1752 Locks, 77 Tunnels, 32