Monday, 19 March 2018

Hunkering Down

Yesterday was not a day for going anywhere. It was a day for hunkering down with the heating on and a good book. The wind was still bitterly cold but thankfully the extra snow that was forecast never did arrive, although the sky looked full of it all day. 

What was a surprise was that the snow that had fallen on Saturday did start to thaw. It didn't feel warm enough but there was a definite and clear start to the thaw and more so overnight.

We did eventually manage to tear ourselves away from the heating and have the very short walk across to Harbour Lights to enjoy a few drinks and a fantastic Sunday Lunch. We both had the calamari to start with Liam opting for the chicken dinner and me the beef which was cooked to perfection and served with proper Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings.

With dinner finished we headed back to the boat and started getting ready to come home this morning with stuff loaded into the car. We had an early night expecting the drive back to Sheffield this morning to be a difficult one, but it was one of the easiest and quickest drives back we have had in a long while!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

More White Stuff

We did manage to get back to our berth yesterday but it was a less then glamourous landing. Still we made it in one piece.

Last night we had a nice meal in Woodcocks as the snow continued to fall. This morning we have a decent covering.

We have just had breakfast in Woodcocks and will later have dinner in Harbour Lights.

First though it is time to hunker down in the boat and keep warm!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Far From Ideal

The weather is far from ideal boating weather which is why we find ourselves moored in Lincoln with Naughty-Cal!

We will wait for the wind to die down later before heading back to the marina.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Talking Tidal

We decided that as we are now officially heading to the Thames that we really should start looking at some of the more important aspects of the trip. So yesterday with a little help from the members of the YBW Thames Forum, we started planning one of the tidal legs of our trip from Teddington to St Katherines Dock.

We expected this to be a fairly easy leg to plan but due to tidal constraints at St Katherines it isn't as easy to plan as it probably should be. Heading down in one tide would leave us very little time to spare at the other end, so we have decided that we will break the trip at Chiswick Pier. 

We have two options for this either head down to Chiswick on the early morning tide and wait for the next tide into London, or head down the evening before on the evening tide and spend the night moored at Chiswick before heading to London the following lunchtime. 

We think that we will take the latter option. The tide timings work in such a way that we can spend most of the Friday on the non tidal river before heading to Chiswick late afternoon or early evening.

We have sent an email to hopefully book and reserve a berth so fingers crossed this is another little job crossed off the list.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Foiled Again

Our plans for friends to come and visit us at the boat this weekend have been foiled again, this time by the weather. 

They were supposed to be coming on Sunday but one look at the weather forecast has put and end to that. Freezing cold temperatures and winds forecast for 50mph plus mean that Naughty-Cal will be going nowhere this Sunday.

So time to start planning again for another trip out with them. This will be the third time we have planned this now, but you know what they say third time lucky and all that.

At least by the middle of April, which is realistically when the next chance will be, the weather should be warmer and we will have longer evenings. You have to look on the bright side.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

It's Official

Naughty-Cal's visitors licence for the Thames arrived earlier this week. So I guess that's it. It's official now we are going to the Thames this summer.

One slight quirk with this licence though. The letter it came with kindly requests that you display them on both sides of the boat, but only one copy arrived by post!

And on top of that for the grand total of £58.50, all we have received is a print off on an A4 sheet of paper. No adhesive visitors plates as we usually get from other navigation authorities. We feel a bit cheated.

As we have only got one copy and it is going to be a bit cumbersome to display I have taken it to work where I will scan it in and try to make it a bit more suitably sized for sticking in the windows and can print a couple of copies off so that we can display them on both sides of the boat.

We didn't expect to be messing about like this for what it has cost!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

After the Snow

After the snow comes the floods. Not helped of course by the rain over the weekend and yesterday. 

All of the local rivers have reacted and the Fossdyke is no exception, with the water level coming up and the flood gates being put on at Burton Waters. 

With a bit of luck it should have gone down again in time for us to get out on Friday evening.

A couple of pictures of the marina this morning taken by a good friend.

And for comparison the normal water level.

It might not come up and down a lot but those flood gates do protect a lot of property!