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Monday, March 31, 2014

More Work on the Garden.

This morning Jo and I walked into town to buy 2 large pots for our Clematis plants, and ended up buying them and some rose bushes, another Clematis, and some chilli & pepper seeds. This is the first time I have walked to and from the town without stopping for a coffee and sit down.


Jo planted the Clematises in the new pots, this one has 2 plants in it.SAM_0157

Then Jo planted the roses in the garden.



I collected more pebbles and stones for our rockery, which is now looking good.


These are gooseberry bushes we were given by a neighbour which Jo planted yesterday.


These are Jo’s runner beans which she planted out yesterday having started them off in a propagator.


We are not sure what this plant is, the one with the white flowers, but it looks very nice at the moment.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Busy in the Garden Day.

Jo and I have both been busy in the garden today. Jo planted 3 gooseberry bushes for me, and then sorted out some more of her seeds, etc. I did some more stone and pebble collecting for the rockery.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Maffi Visits Us

Maffi visit 

We had a nice surprise visit from Maffi today. Of course when I say surprise visit, I did know he was heading our way, but not sure when he would get here. We had a good chat over tea & biscuits, it has been a while since we last met and and we all had a lot to chat about. The weather was nice enough to sit outside on our mooring. As you can see Paddy definitely enjoyed Maffi’s visit, he does like a fuss, Paddy that is! Marmite couldn’t care less, she was more interested in the birds on the bird feeder.

Later on Jo and I did some more work on the garden, I collected stones and pebbles for the rockery. Since the rain a lot of these stones and pebbles have come to the surface and are easy to pick up.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

T-tube Removal

Jo & I really do wonder how on earth the NHS manages to survive.

I had my Liver blood test 2 weeks ago and was told they would send an appointment for my t-tube removal. To be doubly sure they would not forget, Jo rang the ward clerk to check they had put in for the appointment to be told "Oh yes it has been ordered".

So two weeks on we have heard nothing, so with nothing in the post this morning, Jo rang the ward again this afternoon to see if an appointment had actually been booked yet. Jo was told by the ward sister, that according to the booking clerk nothing had been booked, so the sister then rang the consultants secretary to be told there was nothing till May but if we wanted to go to the ward this week they could do it. So we are going to the ward today for a blood test first and if that is OK, they will remove the t-tube. (Fingers Crossed).
Now why could they not book that in the first place?

Yesterday morning Paddy jumped up at me and caught my tube and bag, which caused me a lot of pain. Thankfully that has settled down, but the sooner the tube comes out the better.


Update to this mornings posting, T-tube successfully removed, and I didn’t feel  a thing. Just got to wait for the hole to seal up and heal.


Sunday, March 23, 2014


I have recently been getting together some Bayko bits and pieces from off of eBay. Bayko is a building system first produced in 1934. Our family had some during my childhood, which although I don’t remember, my sisters say we had some, but I do remember regularly visiting some friends of our parents whose children had some also.

I thought it would make a good attractor of customers to our boat when we are trading. It is a very simple building system using rods inserted into bases and then brick blocks, door, windows, etc. slotted in between the rods.


This is an example of how it goes together, showing the green base with the holes in it for the rods, the rods inserted and brick blocks, doors and windows fitted in between. The metal strip on top is to hold the rods together at the top, and to keep them in line. I somehow think that it wouldn’t be sold for children these days due to “health & safety” and the concerns about the rods used.


This was my first example of what can be built, a small bungalow.


From the original 2 sets I purchased on eBay, I have added to them with special parts which were not available in the sets, for example the fencing and gates.


This is my latest creation which I built yesterday. It is using the large roof and gable roofs which I recently purchased. I have a book of plans which came with one of the sets, but I prefer to experiment with my own designs. I had also thought that I would use it with my narrow gauge “OO” scale model railway which I want to build in our garden, but it is actually “O” gauge scale!


Friday, March 21, 2014

Wetherspoons Curry Club

Yesterday Jo and I walked to our local WetherspoonsThe Thomas Lloyd” with our friends Ian & Irene. It was fortuitous as it was Curry club day, and we both love their curry club.


We both had the large curries which added the onion bhaji  and samosa. Not much room on our plates. This is the biggest meal I have had so far and I almost finished it, I had to leave a bit of the naan bread, but the rest went. I also couldn’t quite finish my pint of Ruddles, but Jo helped me out there. I am sure beer drinking will come back to me in time, especially as my taste buds are still all over the place.

We had a great chat with Ian & Irene, and it was a great break for them having come down the Hatton flight, and before continuing southwards to Oxford.

Today I had to walk into town to post an item I had sold on eBay. On my return walk I popped into Sainsbury’s and bought 2 Clematis  plants which are to grow on our boundary fence. Jo has repotted them and put them out already.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Doctor Check-up

I went to the GP's with Jo this morning for a check-up. We now know that I lost 3 stone in weight whilst in hospital, but I have put a bit back on which is great news. We walked into town to get my prescriptions and a coffee, we then walked back to the boat, my longest walk so far. Some more good news is our new back cabin mattress has arrived and looks great. Thanks to Foam for Comfort, we should now both get a good nights sleep. 




Friday, March 14, 2014

Enjoying the Spring Sunshine

Once the fog lifted today, we sat out on our mooring. Jo was busy crocheting. Marmite was balancing on our boundary fence.


Then she spotted the birds on the bird feeders.



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Planting day.

This morning I walked to Sainsbury’s and purchased some herb plants. Parsley, thyme, coriander, basil, chives and mint.


After lunch Jo and I planted them in our herb planter.


Jo then planted some potatoes in a grow bag.


Then she planted some runner bean seeds and flower seeds in 2 propagators.


We planted some of the potatoes in the garden as there were too many of them to fit in the grow bag, and also planted some of the chives in the garden as there was loads in the pot. We are looking forward to eating the herbs and vegetables during the summer and autumn.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Moon


I borrowed Jo’s big lens and fitted it to my camera today to take this photo of the moon.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Blood Test

Went to the hospital today for a blood test, results were good, my liver is functioning correctly. Another step forward.


Friday, March 07, 2014

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Weeding the Garden


Jo has for some weeks now been wanting to weed the garden but the ground has been too wet. Today however, the fork came out and she made a start.


Whilst Jo was busy I took a walk on my own to the winding hole to see this handy floating rest place for this moorhen.


Paddy on guard duty at the entrance gate to our mooring.