You probably haven't noticed because it hasn't been in the news much, but there's a virus going about. I think it might be our fault because apparently we're being placed under house arrest for the spring.
"But you're on the move from Cropredy to King's Bromley" I hear you exclaim. Well we were, and we were quite happy to be out in the sticks on the canal and probably quite safe too, but there was the question of getting back home by public transport after we arrived at KB, and then abandoning Herbie a long way from home for some months. So . .
Herbie now has a temporary berth in Wigrams Turn Marina. Lucky for us that it was on our route and a member of the Castle Marinas family along with Cropredy and Kings Bromley so it was easy to arrange and at no extra cost. People at WT and KB have been very cooperative and helpful with our change of plan and thanks to a lift from Rick and Marilyn (to whom we always seem to owe so much, including staying at their house in Buckby over the weekend) we were easily able to get back to our car at Cropredy. So all is good. At the moment we're with our son Peter in Cambridge - he can work from home - but later this week we'll be back home. I fear our house arrest might mean I can no longer find excuses not to do all the jobs that need doing at home. I'm thinking of renaming our house "Alcatraz"
In other news . .
Oi, where's our stove gone?
Oh here it is:
Yes we made our pre -planned stop at Midland Chandlers
where the rather excellent Colin Rowe and his mate made short work of removing the collapsing old one and installing a new one straight from the shop. I was very impressed by watching them work - recommended for any boat work in the general area around Braunston. For anyone interested in stoves it's a Hamlet Hardy 5 - all steel. Colin said he's fitted quite a few of them and people are happy with them. Much cheaper than a cast iron stove too - less than half the price. How long it lasts, we will have to see.
And before the stove, we were in at Calcutt having an engine mount replaced and a service including replacing a number of new copper washers along the fuel path to cut out little weeps we'd been having.
Not a cheap week all in all but now Herbie is fit and ready to go - well nowhere for a bit, but it's not her fault.
Best wishes to all our senior pals out there. Enjoy your peace and quiet in isolation and keep fit. Although we won't be boating I'll try and think of posts to keep me amused so do drop in.