Monday, 15 May 2017

Mooning about

In Norwich last Friday it looked as if the Moon had come in to land.

As part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival a large inflatable moon, perhaps 20 feet diameter, was suspended between the Forum and St. Peter Mancroft church. It didn't stay there long. An hour later it was in a collapsed heap on the floor of the Forum.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Where we are for a while

In my list of good things about Crick Marina a couple of days ago I forgot: free wifi! (if rather sporadic) and dry dock!

This is where we are, in a newer part of the marina. Jubilee is the third from the left.
We'll be returning home and to Essex for Jan's mum's funeral shortly, so we're grateful we can leave the boat here.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

B.O.A.T. (and the rest)

We are on board again, at last. Various family events have forced us to change our original plans; we now find ourselves at Crick Marina for a while.

We went to pick up the boat from the boatyard after having the work done, and then decided to get them to do another little job, that of fixing a tiny leak from the area of the fresh water tank. I was rather taken aback when I got the bill - apparently it had taken 13 hours to sort out the problem! Yes, it included a plate being welded to the well deck for the water filler neck to be reattached, but at £40 an hour, plus VAT, this was almost the same cost as the earlier work. That was the removal and refitting of two windows and a mushroom vent, replacement of a gearbox oil seal and the engine coolant, and a small weld repair to a pigeon box flap.

Also, annoyingly, as we'd had to leave the boat at the yard for so long, the paintwork on one side has been splattered with old bitumen from a boat being pressure washed. I made a start on polishing it off - ordinary washing wouldn't touch it - but it is extremely laborious. I've had to resort to T-cut. And the roof in the area of the pigeon box welding is covered in tiny rust specks. Grr.

On the plus side it's making me polish the boat. And, making use of our third prize of a month's free mooring won at last year's Crick boat show, we're in the splendid Crick Marina. With facilities! We are not used to such luxury, having moored at Thrupp Wharf Marina for the last three winters. Here there is an Elsan point! An office! Loos, laundry facilities and a shower! Book swap! Somewhere to get post forwarded to! Diesel, coal and gas! Village with shops and post office within walking distance! And the cost of a mooring here is the same as what we were paying at Thrupp Wharf. We like it here.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Book worm?

Seen in Sheffield above Rare and Racy, a second-hand shop:

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Volvo 240 windscreen trim

Spotted in Sheffield recently was this Volvo 240 (SE?) near Devonshire Green. It looks in nice condition ...

... but what's happening to the windscreen trim?

The trim doesn't affect the security or watertightness of the car, as I discovered when I had our windscreen replaced last year, but has someone tried to pull it off thinking they'd be able to get into the car?

On the boating front we have asked the boatyard to sort out the slight leak from the fresh water tank.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Requiescat in pace

Various things have been keeping us very busy over the last week or so, and will continue to do so for a while longer.

Yesterday Jan's mum died at home, aged 91.

We shall miss her but are comforted in the knowledge that she is now with Jesus.

We are currently at the bungalow in Writtle with Jan's dad.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Triple parapet bridge

Someone a while ago wondered whether there were any more examples of a turnover bridge with attached roadway besides Bridge 95 on Braunston Puddle Banks. Last year I found one on the BCN (Spon Lane Bridge on the Old Main Line).

And here's another. Bridge 47 just north of Gayton Junction on the GU.

Not a good photo, but Milton Road crosses the canal on the same structure, meaning that between the two parapets is a third wall separating the road from the towpath as it is taken over the canal.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Any entomologists out there?

I found this insect while I was chopping logs this afternoon.

I tried to find out what it was, but it appears that there are a million known species of insect and a further five million species waiting to be discovered. It's probably something common, but my cursory glance at some pictures didn't help.

Here's another shot with my finger for scale.