Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Day Three

Day Three of being sat at home bored.

This is not for me.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Not A Good Start

Well this new week didn't get off to a great start with me signed off work and being fed two lots of antibiotics due to an infected wound.

Doubt there will be any nasty germs or infections left after I have eaten this little lot!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Steady Does It

It was a genuinely steady day yesterday, neither of us felt like doing much after we both had good nights out on Saturday so we just pottered around in Lincoln splitting up the day with a few drinks here and there and a spot of shopping in Joules after we found they had a sale on.

When we had finally had our fill in town we headed back towards the Pyewipe for the last couple of drinks in the sunshine before heading back to the marina where we enjoyed a lovely dinner of sirloin steak, cajun new potatoes, blue cheese mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. A delicious way to end what has been another great weekend.

Next weekend promises to be something a bit different. We are not going to Lincoln for a start!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

A Good Night

We both had a good night out. Liam on a stag do and me meeting up with friends in town.

Today there is a classic car show in Brayford Pool so we will spend the day milling around in Lincoln before heading back to the marina for some steak later.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

A Good Start

What better way to start a busy day then a nice cooked breakfast with turkey sausage, black pudding, toast, scrambled eggs, cherry tomatoes and oyster mushrooms.


Now on with some chores.  The water tank us full. We will shortly be heading across to the fuel berth to fill up with diesel and then it is on to Lincoln to do the food shop and pick up a few other bits and pieces.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Another Quiet One

This weekend will be another quiet one, cruising wise anyway.

The intention is to have a quiet night in tonight with a film, a few drinks and a nice chilli I made earlier in the week which just needs warming up with a bit of rice and perhaps some homemade garlic bread on the side. A quiet start to the weekend.

Tomorrow we are heading into Lincoln, again. Tomorrow afternoon/evening Liam is around Lincoln on stag do, so chances are it won't be a quiet night for him. So I have arranged to meet up with some friends for a catch up a few quiet drinks and a bite to eat in town before heading back to the boat to watch another film and have a few quiet beers and enjoying some peace and quiet.

We have not got any plans for Sunday. Liam will no doubt be nursing a hangover so it will be a suck it and see day as to whether we get up to anything at all.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Slipping Away

As part of next summers trip to the Thames we need to look into where we can be picked up by the trailer to bring us home. We need a half decent slipway.

Getting us out of the water at Burton Waters is a simple enough affair we have a decent slipway at out disposal. Thus the same goes for getting us back into the water when we get back home.

Our choices on the Medway though seem a little more limited. There are two obvious choices but both have their set backs.

First choice is the slipway at Gillingham Pier as seen in the picture below:

Gillingham Pier

This is a proper old victorian cobbled slipway and whilst it will be perfectly adequate for pulling the boat out it is only available for 2 hours either side of high water, although the fee of £5 reflects this. On top of this we are not sure if there are facilities for flushing out the trailer once the boat is on, a priority when launching and recovering in salt water. 

Our second option is to head further up the River Medway and onto the non tidal river at Allington where the EA have relatively recently installed a new slipway.

Allington Slipway

This slipway is available 24 hours a day so no tidal constraints and has staging either side to make getting the boat onto the trailer that much easier then having to drive it on. Also being on fresh water there will be no need to flush the trailer through after the recovery. The fee for use of the slipway is reasonable enough at £7.50 but on top of this we would also need a 24 hour visitors licence for EA waters which today would cost £11. No deal breaker as it might be quite nice to spend an evening on new waters and there appears to be a pub directly opposite the slipway.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

A Brief Lull

We seem to be having a brief lull in our boating activities of late. The furthest we have strayed since coming back from Scotland has been Saxilby and Lincoln but never the less we have still had some enjoyable weekends on the water.

This coming weekend looks set to be no different and neither does the one after although we do have some interesting activities lined up for both weekends they don't really involve many miles travelling on the boat.

Naughty-Cal will have had a quiet year this year despite having ventured further from home then in previous years the mileage covered will be well down on previous years at the same time. Although if you added the miles covered by road that would tell an altogether different story!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Around Lincoln

A few pictures we took over the weekend for you today whilst we were in and around Lincoln city centre.

Monday, 7 August 2017

That Didn't Go Well

Just to prove that even the pro's don't get things right 100% of the time here are a few pictures of the Marie who is currently stranded on the Trent.

Efforts to tow her off last night failed and she currently has tugs in attendance this morning on the tide to try and remove her again.

The photos are from a Facebook Group and a friend who was passing yesterday evening and a further link to the news story is below:

Sunday, 6 August 2017

A Good Day

We had a great if not expensive day out in Lincoln yesterday starting with watching Dunkirk at the cinema in Brayford Pool.  It was really very good.

We then had a few beers in town before heading to Huckleberrys for dinner which was again really very good and highly recommended.

We followed up with a few more beers in town before retiring to the boat on our favourite mooring in the city centre.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Slowly Does It

We are having a slow and relaxing start to the day with copious amounts of coffee and a spot of breakfast before heading into Lincoln to watch a film at the cinema.

A nice relaxing Saturday.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Movie Time

The weekend has come around once more and tonight we are planning a quiet night in with a movie, a few homemade cocktails and a nice chicken curry that I made earlier in the week that just wants warming through later on.

Tomorrow we are planning a day in Lincoln, starting with a trip to the cinema to watch a film, followed by a few afternoon beers and finally a meal in a restaurant we have yet to try Huckleberries in the city centre. We have been told it is really very nice so as we are on our own this weekend with everyone else already meeting up down the Witham we though it has to be worth a try. Hopefully the food lives up to the rave reviews.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Busy Planning

Having just got back from one big boating trip it seems very odd launching straight into the planning of yet another one. Next summers group trip to the Thames, the highlight of which will undoubtedly be cruising our own boats through the city of London.

It will be slightly different to the planning carried out in previous years as this time we will have (to date anyway) a reasonably large and very varied group of boats to contend with and get in the same place at the same time. Herding cats springs to mind!

The first hurdle to tackle is where all of the boats will be launched. Being small and with a low air draft we want to tackle the whole of the navigable Thames from Lechlade right out into the estuary. However this means that we won't be launched in the same place as the bigger boats as they won't get under some of the bridges near Oxford. With this in mind we are adding a few days onto our break so that we can explore the upper reaches of the river before meeting up with the rest of the group further downstream.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Glut

While we were away our fruit trees have been busy producing their biggest crop of fruit to date.

Last week we had a glut of soft fruits with the cherries and plum tree, these made a lovely fruit salad when added to some scavanged blackberries and some nice farm grown raspberries.

This week it has been the turn of the apple trees. They have cropped very early this year and very heavily. The eating apples are easy enough to contend with but the cooking apples have produced a bumper crop.

So there was nothing for it and last night we set about making an apple and cinnamon pie. Me on filling duties stewing apples and Liam on pastry duty. I am rubbish at making pastry so that is definitely a blue job.

But one pie didn't make a dent in the apple mountain so it was back to stewing more apples, this time adding some more early blackberries picked on our way home and the last of the plums from the garden. This was portioned up and frozen to make more pies in the coming weeks.

Looks like we have lots of pies to make!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Back In the Swing

It seemed like a long week last week, the first back at work after a couple of weeks off always does. But finally we are back in the swing of things, back into the daily routine and back into our healthier eating habits.

We tried our best to eat healthily while we were away but temptation is never too far away. So we did somewhat surprise ourselves when we stepped on the scales last week to discover that Liam was the same weight as when we went away and I had put on just one pound. We can only assume that this is due to the extra exercise and lots of walking we were doing, as the diet went out of the window. In fact at times it felt very much like we were on the Atkins diet!

With the holiday now a dim and distant memory we have started to eat better. Back to cereals in the morning, a salad box for lunch at work and a healthy cooked meal in the evening after work. Last night it was a lovely homemade seafood curry made with smoked haddock, cod, salmon and king prawns and served with wholegrain basmati rice and a spicy vegetable bahji. Delicious.