Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Is it the snowstorm we encountered on our way down to Bull's Bridge in April?
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
After giving it some thought I realised that one of the nicest things about doing this blog is knowing that there is someone out there that actually reads my ramblings. In particlular I'm always really happy when someone takes the time to add a comment. So this Herbie Award goes to YOU dear reader for your interest and support.
In particular I'd like to add a Star to the award for people who have sent in comments. So congratulations and many thanks to:
Adam on Debdale
Andrew on Granny Buttons *
Mortimer Bones on Bones
Brian and Diana on Harnser
Halfie on Shadow
Heth on Takeytezey
Rick (Best Crew member 2007)
Saltysplash on Lady Elgar
Simon on Tortoise
and a special Gold Star to the wonderful Vally P who has sent in comments on no less than 23 occasions.
Thanks to you all for keeping me going and have a great Christmas
*(if my blog was as successful as Andrew's, there'd be too many people to list)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
coming in to land at the end of the "flight"
Quite a day all in all.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Will is a fine looking boat built in 1925 and she used to carry between London and Portland with all sorts of cargoes. Nowadays she is reduced to carrying corporate parties and the like, and they have converted her hold into an oak panelled dining room.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
At times like this I get really glad that we moor on a canal and not a river.
I looked up the visitthames website and it seems the Thames is all on red boards at the moment.
Which is all a bit concerning as we are due to do a boat trip on the Thames next Saturday. Not on Herbie but on the Thames barge Will on which we have booked a 90 minute cruise, a Christmas treat for Jacob. This will take us under Tower Bridge, which will have to open for us, and down to Greenwich or thereabouts "depending on tide". Will is a big boat and the tidal Thames is different from the rest of the river, so I hope we'll still be able to go.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
However it did let me down the other day when I was trying to take a picture of the main water tank stop cock.
See that square opening bottom right. That's where I put my hand through to turn off the tap. I stuck the camera in there and had several unsuccessful attempts to get a picture of it.
What would be really good I suppose would be a little webcam attached to a laptop, then you could see what you were doing in real time. Hmm, must add one to my christmas list.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
I had a good look at drain taps for the plumbing. There are four of them, all neatly labelled, at the bottom of the cupboard by the back door, which is virtually the lowest point as the boat is a bit higher at the front. Should the weather get very very cold I may well totally drain the pipes if we are leaving the boat.
Whilst I was on the floor there I took a look in the little hole that gives access to the bilges. Regular readers may recall I found quite a bit of water in there in the summer and cleaned it out. I'm delighted to say that it is completely bone dry in there now, so it looks like the previous water there was a one off from when we had a leaky water pump.
The other thing we did for the winter was to re-erect the pram hood over the rear deck. We don't like it aesthetically, and since March it has been in the shed at home, but in this cold weather it makes a super porch. I can even work on the engine in the warm and dry. It's very easy to put up and I managed to erect the hood on my own in the dark. OK, so I did get the two hoops back to front at first, but even then the whole job only took ten minutes.