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Friday, February 05, 2010

Keeping Busy

Hi folks.

As you will know if you have been keeping up to date with our blog. We are moored up at Market Harborough Basin, because Keith is not well and is waiting to go into Hospital. Until he is better we are staying put. But this has not stopped us from being busy. Keith is rampant at the moment making Rag Rugs. It helps take his mind off of the pain he is in. Not even the Morphine is completely killing the pain, so he needs a distraction. We have an appointment at the hospital next week and sincerely hope that they will decide to take him in.
As for me, I have been getting lots of boat jobs done. A couple of days ago, I rollered some blacking back on to the bow. It had been chipped off with us plowing through the ice before Christmas and it was really my first opportunity to put it back on. The bow is sitting quite high out of the water, because we are low on coal at the moment. Another delivery of coal is expected next week hopefully. So there was I laying on my stomach, rolling some blacking around the bow. It does look much better and now the bow is protected, when it goes back down in the water.
Today because the sun was out and it felt like Spring. I started Spring cleaning the back cabin, by washing one of the crocheted blankets. I also started cleaning the brass again outside. It has been a good 3 months since I cleaned the brass. Mainly due to the weather, but also because of the smoke from the fires. Both the weather and the smoke tarnish the brass work, so it is hardly worth the effort to keep it clean. But today I bit the bullet and started cleaning it again. I do so love it when it shines. But you can bet your bottom dollar it will rain again now. I have also been kept on my toes, by customers coming to collect their coal, which has been lovely. Keith and I get to have a natter with them and catch up on all their news.
So although we are not going anywhere for the time being, we are not sitting around doing nothing.