Well whaddya know? I just discovered that it’s precisely ten years ago today that we first arrived with Herbie at High Line Yachting on the Slough Arm. Our first permanent mooring, where we stayed for five years before going up to Crick. As this photo of a slyph like Kath shows, the shelves and cupboards were bare at that time.
That was before we started filling her up with miscellaneous stuff. Over the years, we keep bringing more books, CDs, tools and all manner of junk on board. Whatever the opposite of Feng Shui is, that’s where we are now. Time for a de-clutter.
So yesterday we seized the day and removed a car boot full of books, CDs, surplus rainwear and all sorts of other stuff from the boat. It seemed to weigh a ton when we wheelbarrowed it away. I almost expected to see Herbie sitting out of the water by a couple of inches. The annoying thing is that Herbie still looks cluttered. Never mind, it’ll look better when we tidy up the rest of the stuff into all the storage places we’ve emptied.
The problem now is our house, ‘cos that’s where all the stuff came back to, so I’ve had to spend more time clearing out unwanted books and things from shelves at home to accommodate the items from the boat that we want to keep. It never ends does it? The good thing I suppose is that our local charity shops are going to be amply restocked by us over the next day or two.
Another good thing is the calories we’ve burned off. Every time we push a wheelbarrow of things to or from the boat, it’s 800 steps each way according to Kath’s pedometer. I’m quite looking forward to when we get to Cropredy and we can get the car close to the boat for loading and unloading. That should be early May. It might have been sooner, but we’ve delayed our planned start by 11 days because of commitments near home. Luckily John at High Line Yachting has allowed us to stay the extra time without charge. Bless.
Did you, like me, think that CRT usually completed al their planned canal stoppages by Easter? Well, not this year. We’re going to have to get past Dudswell and Cowroast locks by April 19 or face delays. I hope they might be doing something about the leaky lock walls. We can get past in time, but it means we’ll have to burn off a few more calories each day ‘cos there are 45 locks to do before we get past. With any luck we’ll lose a bit of weight. Maybe we’ll get back to the weight we were when we bought Herbie ten years ago.