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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Day Trip Out with Friends.

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Today we had a day trip out on Hadar with our friends Rebecca, Chris and their son Arrran. We went down through the Cape locks, winded at Myton backup through the locks and moored outside the Cape of Good Hope and had lunch there, and very nice it was too.

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A good time was had by all. We hadn’t seen them since we left Suffolk to live on the canals in 2005. Arran wanted to have a canal holiday and his Dad suggested coming to see us for a trip out to see what it would be like. Arran is now looking forward to having his canal holiday even more. Of course we had lots to chat about, and not enough time, isn’t that always the way.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Hadar on YouTube

I have just found this video of Hadar on the Aylesbury arm of the Grand Union canal.

Hadar on Aylebury arm


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Radio Interview

Tuesday I had a chat with Vic Minett a radio presenter on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Radio. You can listen to the interview by clicking the picture below.  My chat starts at 42 minutes into the program.



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bug Hotel

Today Jo and I finished the bug hotel we have been building in our garden, all we need now is for some bugs to move in!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

And Back Again

Having had a couple of nice days out back on the canal, we returned to our mooring.


We were fortunate to be able to share Cape locks with another boat, which is a rarity for us!


Jo standing by to pole the bow around at the winding hole in the arm, good thing she was there too, as having started to wind the gear wheel decided to work lose and we were stuck in forward gear so I had to stop the engine to find out what was wrong. The cable was ok, phew! and then I discovered that the retaining nut on the gear wheel had worked loose. A quick tighten up with a spanner and we were able to finish winding and return to our mooring. Quite and adventure for our first trip out.


Monday, March 16, 2015

Radford Semele


Today we set off for our first trip out in 2 weeks short of 18 months. We moored near the new Morrison’s in Leamington Spa, and walked up into the town. We had lunch at our favourite Chinese Buffet, the Oriental Star a treat for us on our first trip out since my gall bladder problem last year. We are now moored at Radford Semele. It is so good to be back out again after such a long time on our mooring, if only for a few days.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Racing at Warwick

Today we finally got the opportunity to use our annual membership of Warwick Racecourse. We would have stayed longer but my back doesn’t like me standing still for long periods and it was a bit chilly too, but we got a taster and watched 2 of the races.

One of the horses being led around the parade ring prior to the race.


The big screen either showed races from other courses, the odds for upcoming race or the whole race, which is handy when they are around the back end of the course and are unseen from the stands.


The first race we watched started just before the stands and finish line so this was their first time passing us on their way around the track.


Jumping the final fence before the finish.


And the winner is…………………. the one at the front!


I do like how the bookies these days have digital displays with the odds, much easier than chalk and blackboard.


The 2nd race at the final fence.


and the winner crosses the line.


Because we are annual members we were able to stand in the annual members section of the stand which is the white railed area in front of the Totepool office top right corner of the photo.


Next time we go we will take our telephoto lenses and see what results we get from them, but for this first time we just took our standard lenses. We returned back to the boat and we watched further races from there on Channel 4, much warmer. Open-mouthed smile 


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ricoh Arena.

On Friday Keith went into hospital for 24 observations and he is still in there, because with it being a weekend, there is very little done. The consultant is also waiting for the results on tests done on Friday. All’s we know is he has an infection in either his Liver or Bilary Tree, so I will update when I know more.

A few weeks ago we booked tickets with a friend to go and watch Wasps take on London Irish at the Ricoh Arena. It was to be Wasps first match in their new home. Unfortunately Keith could not make it due to him being in hospital, but he said I should still go as we had paid for the tickets. Fortunately a buyer was found for his ticket.

We set off for the Arena at 11.45 am and when we got there we parked and then walked to the stadium, which was very busy, but well organised. There were helpers along the route giving directions and advice for those who required it.


We have seen the Ricoh Arena from the Canal, but now I was standing outside of it wooo hoo.


We had a look around the fan zone whilst we waited for 9 other people to join us.


The ground filled up very quickly. There were 28,254 people there to see a fantastic game. Jake Quickenden was there singing, he sounded amazing.


The mascot did the rounds.


The first half was a quiet a fair with penalties swapping ends, with Wasps going in at half time in the lead 18-16.


No game in the two decades of Premiership rugby has been watched by more people. There were old and new Wasps fans me included, watching a heart warming match on cold winter's day in Coventry.

Andy Goode was man of the match. He set a new Premiership points record on his home patch as Wasps overpowered London Irish to make a dream start to life at the Ricoh Arena.
The Coventry-born fly-half scored 33 points, bagging a try and kicking eight penalties and two conversions in a terrific performance. London Irish in the end were over-powered by a better team, but I also think the crowd made a difference.

It was my first ever rugby match and it will not be my last.

Maria dropped me off at the hospital on our way home and I sat in with Keith for a couple of hours and told him all about the game. I felt so guilty him not being there, but we will go again I am sure.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Very Happy Christmas.

We hope you all have a wonderful festive time and that 2015 is kind to you all.

I have not posted this much over this year, because as you will all know we have not been on the move due to Keith being poorly. We are hoping to be out and about next year, so you can expect more posts.

Update on Keith. He had an appointment with his consultant on Tuesday this week and the consultant was not that happy with him, and wanted him in hospital. The consultant suspects there may be a stone in the Liver or tubes, left over from his Gallbladder removal. But the hospital has the Winter Vomiting bug and four wards closed and a bed crisis, so we are waiting a for a bed. In the meantime, he has had blood tests done and an MRI and we await to see what happens next. It appears we are ending the year the way we began it, with the hospital at the top of the list for Keith. 

I will update when we know more.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Top of Hatton Flight

Today we walked up the Hatton Flight and this time we got to the top.


The C&RT depot near the top of the flight.


The Café at the top of the flight.


I got my cup of tea that Jo promised me if we made it to the top.


St. Mary’s Church in Warwick lit up in the Autumnal sun.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Victorian Evening & Christmas Lights Switch-on

Jo and I went to this years Victorian evening and Christmas lights switch-on dressed in our Victorian boater’s costumes.


We met and chatted to Vic Minett from BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Radio and we were both interviewed by her live on the radio. We also won a years membership to Warwick Racecourse (worth £250.00!) for our Victorian dress. We are looking forward going to the races during this winter and spring.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Another Nice Day for a Walk

After lunch we set off up the Hatton flight again, we got as far as lock 37 this time, 5 more locks than last time 3 weeks ago. Next time we will takes some money with us and have a cuppa at the café.



Wednesday, November 05, 2014

It’s been a While

It has been a while since posting on here, but there isn’t much to report at the moment. The Physio Dept. of Warwick Hospital has signed me off with my back, although I am still suffering from it, but nothing more they can do.

Jo and I took Paddy and Marmite to the vets today for their annual boosters. Paddy has put more weight on and is now at a suitable weight for his size, which is good news, and his anaemia has disappeared which also good news.


Rosie & Jim Mandarin


Our Mandarin ducks have their full adult plumage now, Jim is looking magnificent.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Walk up the Hatton Flight

We decided to take a walk up the Hatton flight to see how far I could manage. We got as far as lock 32 where I felt I had had enough and we returned back to Hadar.