Friday, February 24, 2017

Boat Owners Action

I have just got my National Association of Boat Owners News.  A worthwhile group of people actively representing us boaters by attending meetings with the Canal and River Trust.

Many complaints poured in last year, including my own, regarding the lack of vegetation management on the South Oxford Canal.  NABO and its members now report that action has taken place during the winter and much improvements have been made.

Problems on the Basingstoke Canal are not going away when Hampshire and Surrey Councils want  CRT to take it on.  But the councils are concerned that not enough funding is available!

Much concern involves boaters in London.  Apparently many of the boats are being rented by people who have no idea what is required to live on board.  When a boat is rented without proper insurance and or safety certificate they cannot legally have a licence!  Some boats cannot be moved due to mechanical problems.  CRT is considering a licence for boats for hire that would have to meet the trade conditions.  (Why not just insist the hired boats have a trade licence?)

Can you believe it, EA are prepared to close some navigation's in Anglia on health n safety grounds and lack of funds? That includes the River Nene and Great Ouse!

CRT is to review licencing for all craft on its waterways.  NABO are considering their response.  Home moorings or not, should there be a price difference?  Licence duration, twelve, six or one month?  Prompt payment discount?  Length and width used to calculate the charge?

 These are only a few issues being worked on by NABO.  Please consider being a member to give them even more encouragement and power.

HMS Warrior

We took the boys to see the Warrior in Portsmouth.  Despite the windy day the Gosport ferry got us across the harbour.  The day before a wartime bomb had been dredged up in the harbour and blown up safely out at sea.

The Warrior was a deterrent and never fired a shot in anger.  That ship was the most advanced of its day back in the 1860's.   The harbour is being dredged to enable the latest deterrent to arrive.  One of the biggest aircraft carrier ever built.

After a lunch of fish n chips we got on board and went below decks where Ben became a 'Powder Monkey'.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Formula - E

Last Saturday on Channel 5 at 6:30 pm I watched racing with electric cars in Argentina.  For me it was just as exciting as F 1 racing if a bit quieter!

Each driver had two fully charged cars to race for about 50 minutes on a 37 lap street circuit.  The first car did about 20 laps before the batteries got down to about a 4% charge.  Then the driver went into the pit to swap cars.  At this time most drivers were doing the same.  Obviously the leaders had used more power and were swapping earlier.  No tyres were changed, unless punctured during the race.

The second car had to do the other 17 laps without running out of power!  The leaders had got down to about 1% as they crossed the finish line.  The unlucky ones just slowed down and stopped before finishing!  Sam Bird won.

Each car is rated at about 250 Horse Power equivalent to 190 kW and capable of reaching 200 MPH.  The battery capacity is about 54 kW hours.

Monday, February 13, 2017


The Winter blues need some sunshine.
It was back in 1993 that we went to California.
 and went to Disney land.
San Diego
It was a lifetime ago, before we knew anything about boats and canals.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Time and Life

We are both so sad to read about our boating friend Les Biggs.

 2008 at Braunston
 2009 Somewhere on the 'cut'
 2011 at Braunston
2011 On board Moore 2 Life

We always stopped to chat and share our stories while moving about the waterways.

You are in our thoughts at this time, Jaq.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 is history

Here's wishing all our readers a happy  and enjoyable 2017.

Molly had some teeth out after Christmas and is recovering well.

Chas enjoyed his 75th birthday party with family round for a roast beef lunch.

Yet another mole met its end underground.

Many upgrades for next year.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Christmas & New Year

We got the tree decorated
 and Ann did some baking
Mince pie any one?  Slice of cake then?

A few days ago we watched Mary Berry make a fish pie.  We made one for ourselves and it was delicious with the wine!

We are having Venison for Christmas!  Got some ideas off the internet on how to cook it.  Red wine and some herbs browned off in the pan and left to marinate in the pot over night.  Slow cook all morning while roasting spuds and steaming veg.  Ann made the pudding a while ago using her well tried recipe.  That will go down well with Brandy butter for me and dairy free ice cream for Ann.

It is Christmas Eve and we wish all our readers a happy Christmas and hope you all enjoy some time with family and friends to the end of the year.  Hope to see you in the New.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Tree and another mole

This is the one I decorated on line.  Not done a real one yet!
We looked out the window to see yet another hill of earth made by another mole!  The Forest Pest Control man has been contacted again.

Had an email from Yahoo.  I had completely forgot that for some reason I had an account with them.  They gave me a code to log in and change my password.  I never had setup an email with them.  Not happy to know that they had been hacked.  We must all be careful what we put up on the internet.  I decided to delete that account.