Sunday, January 03, 2010

What have we done over Christmas?

A Very Happy New Year to you all.... Can you believe we're into 2010 already. We have had just a fabulous Christmas with all our friends and family which is what Christmas is all about.
Well we're back on Derwent6 and all ready for the new year, and it was dam cold, but not damp, when we first got on board. The first thing we did was start the engine and with a flick of the key the Beta fifty burst into life. The canal here is still frozen and we were a bit careful on how we turned on the water pump and checked all the pipes, but with a little squirt, the pump brought the water up to full pressure. Central heating was next, followed closely by lighting the fire, we still had our hats and coats on at this point. It was back outside to then turn on the gas and get the kettle on.
It took two hours to get Derwent6 up to temperature so we played a game we got for Christmas with our coats on to take our minds off it. It felt good to be back on board back in the peaceful world of canal life and we have to admit we did miss it.
We do like the change of living in a house but there is something about the snugness and outdoor life of Derwent6.

Well what did we get up to..... Well we stayed at Pam & Alf's (Al's Mum & Dad). Just before Christmas we met up with all our friends in Reading
A good night out at Mackenzies in West Malling

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we were with Len, Terry, Cliff, Lou and family.
But the lovely shock of the holiday was a call at 7.30am letting us know that Great Nephew Alfie was born on Christmas Day at 12.27am, so it was a rush down to see everyone at Farnham on Boxing Day.
We then had a day at Richard & Lisa's including a walk around Knole Park
Del went out on a Squash reunion with some guys he had not seen for twenty odd years
We then had a day in London going round the Science Museum and then on to see the show Avenue Q
It all finished off with a New Years Eve Party round Bernie and Sarah's and our first meal together in 2010
Yep!!! we now need a rest............

14 comments:

Keith and Jo Lodge said...

Happy New Year to you both. We hope that it will be kind to you both.
It looks like you had a wonderful time over the festive period and you also got to welcome Alfie into the family fold, how wonderful.
Take care and stay safe in this weather. I need not say keep warm hahaha. Hugss Jo x

Anonymous said...

It was so lovley to see you both here for Christmas,lots of love Dad & Terry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

abfab said...

Glad you had a good time. But also great to have you back blogging. I have withdrawal symptoms!!

Wozie said...

Glad that you had a wonderful time, what lovely photos, especially the one of baby Alfie.
Here's to another exciting years cruising aboard Derwent 6, cheers from nb Oakfield!

Derwent Gnome said...

So thats why you were not around when I paid a visit to Derwent6 hoping to give you a Christmas present. Still you will just have to wait until the summer now. And I must say what a grand boat she is.

DERWENT

Anonymous said...

Happy new year!!!
Sorry we kept missing eachother over Christmas but glad you had a good time!! It soon rushes by doesnt it - but at least you didnt have the 5am alarm this morning like us :(. We must fix a definate date for you to come over, or us to visit you, whichever suits. BTW keep 3rd Sept free from all your galavanting xxx love and xxxx for a happy new year. Z xxxx

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Del and Al said...

Hi Jo & Keith, Happy New Year to you too! We had a great time thanks, hope you did too. Looking forward to catching up once we can all move lol !!
Take care xx

Del and Al said...

Hi Dad & Terry
We had a lovely time....Thank you !!! Take care, lots of love xxxx

Del and Al said...

Hi Both (abfab). Its good to be back. Hope your plans are going well....

Del and Al said...

Thanks Wozie. Here's to a great 2010. Will no doubt see you at some point. Stay warm & toasty on nb Oakfield. Take care x

Del and Al said...

Hi Derwent Gnome
loooooooooooool what a great pic!! xx

Del and Al said...

Hi Z
Sorry to miss you, but will catch up soon. Ooooooo what an exciting year, get that date BOOKED!!!!! lots & lots of love xxxx

Del and Al said...

Thanks Anonymous, glad you're enjoying the blog....