Monday, January 15, 2018

Sharpening up

We woke up to ice again on the side of Derwent6 and we needed that wood cut up on the roof..
The chain on the chainsaw had gone blunt and it was time to sharpen things up a little..
We have three chains and Del managed to do all three and fit one on the chainsaw..

So we are ready to go, a job for tomorrow we think..
Al walked up to the general store and posted a letter and also got a few provisions..
This was going to be a lazy day for us..

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Just Enjoying!

We made our way back to our favourite mooring and gathered some wood on the way..

Our plan was to just be on our own for a few days, and we made our way to where we knew we could get a good supply of wood, there seems plenty around this year..

Derwent6 had done it's 10 hours since the bottom pulley had fallen off due to a loose crankshaft nut..
Del removed the belts and checked the pulley, all good. He did manage to get another quarter turn on the outside clamp bolts so it was worth checking.. Its next check is at 40 hours! We still haven't had an invoice from Beta yet and have asked a few questions we want answered, so watch this space!

Del also had to repair the shower pump as the bolt holding the diaphragm had fallen off just as we were leaving before Christmas..

It also got serviced with new valves, as good as new now..

Its so quiet on the canal's at the moment and Tooty is happy to have it all to himself.. Del got to work on the brasses and Al got Derwent6 shipshape, and the Christmas decks came down for another year..

So we are JUST ENJOYING! we are so lucky! (Doing our press up's as we write this)..

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Wow what a Christmas and New Year

Well Happy New Year folks!  New year new start..
We have had just a fantastic Christmas, ate too much, drunk too much, and saw so many people and we still didn't see them all..
We spent the bulk of our time down in Whitstable with friends Zoe and Greg, who put up with us both, and what a great time we had. 
We pubbed, partied, and ate for England.........
We had just a fantastic Christmas dinner (after the Neptune pub on the beach of course)
Thanks guys we luv ya!
We managed to see Bernie and Sarah and Steve and Erica, who we went to the States with last year, and Del even managed to get some gliding in at Long Man in Brighton.

We also saw Terry and Ron (Del's stepmum) who kindly put us up for a week and also arranged a couple of gatherings before Christmas and on Boxing Day, where we got together with Cliff and Lou (Del's brother) and all the kids. Thanks so much both! xx
In between all this we saw friends Steve and Deb, who invited us to theirs for a delicious curry. It was then down to Bentley in Hampshire to see Jo and Brian (Al's sister) and it was lovely to see all the family together. They supplied more nibbles and drink and we had a good catch up..
From there it was on to Reading where we met up with Joy and Steve (Al's work friend). They had cooked a lovely roast dinner in the evening and it was quality, and very relaxing.. We stayed at their six star abode and felt like movie stars.. We were even taken out for a lovely breakfast at the Rustic cafe just round the corner before we headed back to Kent.
One of the highlights of the week was a family gathering on Del's side. At Del's Uncle John's funeral earlier in the year, we had all arranged to meet at Christmas as we were sick of seeing everyone only at funerals..  Terry had sorted out a venue and about 25 of us all turned out with more food and drink, it was so lovely to see everyone and long may this new tradition continue..
News Years Eve was bonkers. We met back at Zoe and Greg's before the pub... From there it was on to the Duke where two bands were playing. The first band were playing Reggie which got everyone going and then a brilliant band called Big Orange Head played, go see them if they're in your area..
If you think the party was going to stop there, think again. From the beach we ended up at Zoe's for a Disco.

They have a huge jukebox up on the wall and every hit from the 70's was played, and we all joined in on all different sorts of instruments from guitar to Uke, and every percussion instrument you can think off.. yep we fell into bed at dawn..  Hic!
After a very late start on New Years Day, we stopped in at Bernie and Sarah's again and they had done a fabulous cold meat spread to help that new years resolution of losing weight, the perfect end to wrap things up..
We stayed with them that night and set off after the morning rush hour and hit the M1 to pick up Tooty, the travel sick cat, and get back to normal (not that our life is normal!)
After we had cleared up the cat sick we opened up Derwent6 and warmed things up.. It had been cold as some of the Christmas cards had fallen down, but it was so nice to be home..
While things were warming up and Tooty was on guard, we went food shopping and there was no beer or chocolate in sight..
The next day was clear out day; as we always end up bringing back loads it means loads have to go if it hasn't been used.. charity shops do ok with us at the beginning of the year.. A big thank you to everyone who got us Christmas Presents, we are now listing hard to starboard and dredging the system as we go along..
The hire car went back and we untied the ropes and drifted off back to the cut where Derwent6 belongs..
It was lovely to be cruising free and thinking about what next!!
We have loads of plans!!