Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ahhhh! Water at last

We lay in bed and thought we had better move to get water this morning. The pump was groaning again and Del couldn't be bothered to cart another barrel of water up. We could see rain on the horizon but we decided to go for it. We set off at about 8.30am and turned at Tarry's bridge. We then passed two boats which meant the locks would be in our favour. We managed to get through with no problems, with the bow of Derwent6 pointing up in the air with no water in the tank, and the wind which was having fun blowing us about as we were so light. We then maneuvered onto the water point. The tap here is very slow but there are two taps. Del was using the hose and filling the container at the same time to try and speed things up. We weren't in any hurry, but the rain was now in the air. It took a good hour and a half to fill the tank, as we did some washing as well, but at least we were full of water at last. The wind and rain was getting worse as we headed towards Rugby so we pulled over at Clifton. We just managed to get the telly set up before the heavens opened..Phew!!! We were expecting Iain and Alison on the coal boat to come through, either today or tomorrow, so Del cleaned out the diesel filters and drained the water from the bottom of the tank, not that there was much in there. The rain by then had blown over and we were left with bright sunshine which gave us some nice rainbows. Del then watched the football in the afternoon, and we chilled in the evening with a film.

2 comments:

Bella said...

It seems a slower way of life in many ways living on a boat. Waiting an hour to fill up with water reminds me what a valuable resource it is. Maybe we could all do with waiting a bit for the things we have on tap to realise what the important things in life are.

Del and Al said...

Hi Bella, you're so right. We don't really appreciate water until we haven't got any. Like so many things in life.......