Thursday, July 31, 2008

Hectic Weekend

We had no less than three sets of house guests at the weekend

Snagging Complete

Michael informed us the fixes from the snagging list are complete. The fridge has been connected up and works. We just have to move the sofa bed over to Blisworth and get it in through the front doors. The living room is like Aladdin's cave at the moment - filled with equipment to be taken over to the boat this weekend when we complete the final hand-over. Should we have a naming ceremony on Saturday?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Busy Weekend

We had no less than three sets of house guests last weekend: Our old friend Costa came down from Coventry where he's just gained a Masters in Computer Science and stayed with us on Friday night, Cathy's school friend Theresa and her husband Jack stayed with us on Saturday night and my sister Judi and her fiance Brian and my nephew Adam stayed with us on Sunday night.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Home again

Nothing broke or fell off during the cruise and we all made it home in one piece. After a total of 6 miles, 2¾ flg, 7 locks according to Canalplan, we stopped for the night, where I completely failed to find the Sky satellite with the dish. Note to self: Buy satellite finder. The tunnel light looks really good and the hooter has found its voice after shaky start.

Both these adornments came from eBay.

Today we retraced our steps back to Blisworth, passing back up through a busy Stoke Bruerne where we took on vital supplies (ice creams from the Boat Inn) and passed back through the tunnel, arriving at the boat yard at about four o'clock

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Snagging Cruise

We're Boating! We've taken Syncopation out on a cruise to find any snags so we can get them resolved before final delivery. We left Blisworth at 12:00 today heading south. We've stopped for the night at Yardley Gobion. It's all gone well so far. Arrow

fell in one of the side ponds at Stoke Bruerne locks and needed rescuing. I'm posting this entry using my new mobile broadband modem from 3.

I cheated and added the picture at home later.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Cratch Cover

The cratch cover has been fitted:


Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Kathryn Tickell

We saw Kathryn Tickell in concert tonight at the Buckingham music festival. We've been fans of hers since we saw her first at Towersey Festival in about 1989. She really is a quite remarkable musician and I strongly recommend you go and see her if you get the chance.

Sunday, July 06, 2008


The worktops have arrived at last:

On the left is the breakfast bar with the sink and on the left is the hob.

The dinette table has been made although it has still to be fixed:

All the skirting boards are in place now. There's a small issue with one of the mushroom vent trims and we have got a pile of foam bed pads at home waiting to be covered with fabric.

The fenders have been fitted at front and rear and the tiller arm has bee made up.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Roald Dahl Parade

We went to watch S at the Roald Dahl parade in Aylesbury this morning. Lots of primary schools from Buckinghamshire were in the parade and they had all made models of characters from "The Twits" by Roald Dahl. There were also street performers dressed up as the Twits:

I grew up in Haddenham, just a few miles from Aylesbury and went to school there. During that time the statue of John Hampden was vandalised - his sword was twisted into a curl:

And the nearby statue of Disraeli nearly always had a can of Coke in his hand.

After the parade we went and ate donuts in the Market Square