Daisypath - Vacation

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Blustery!

It's about 530PM as I write this. Pawel is off today and we headed over to the garden centre this morning after an early start. It was a little bit blustery but this evening has seen it get a lot worse.

Our weather station has read wind speeds of over 41MPH - the highest I've ever seen on it, and it's actually getting quite scary, but entertaining, on the boat tonight.



We've moved all the plant pots off the gas locker and off the roof and are basically sitting it out. I popped out before to move a few things about in the "garden" and felt like I was about to get blown off my feet!

I think it's even worse here than if we were in a marina, as firstly, Higher Poynton is really high up (!) and in particular, our mooring is incredible exposed - there's nothing either side except for rolling hills and open fields.

This gives you an idea:
(I took that picture when we first came to this mooring in April this year)




The trip to the garden centre was nice. It was all kitted out for Christmas and it just generally was a nice trip out. We went to get a few more bags of slate chippings - as we want to extend the chippings that we put down earlier this year on the mooring. The problem is, where we keep going to the log store and to chop wood, the grass is just turning to sludgy mud and I'm fed up of muddy shoes and a trashed deck!! Not good.

We got the garden centre to deliver and they should be coming tomorrow afternoon - that's if they can find us, I did draw them a map of where we are, and I think the delivery guy knew where I was talking about! We only got 6 bags as that should be all we need really.

I also had a parcel from my brother today - it's a chunk of his Christmas cake that he made. It was beautifully packaged and looks really good. Haven't tried it yet, but can't wait!

Christmas cake in a box:









Thanks for going to the effort, D!

Friday, 13 December 2013

Gas

Big day today.... We had the gas guy coming at 8:30AM To fit the new hob and make the gas line safe. Drew didn't arrive until about 9 but got to work pretty quickly.

We left him to it while we popped out and unloaded the 2cubic meters of logs we had delivered last night, into the log store.

It's such a relief to get it done and know now that its safe and sound! Here's how the pipe work was looking before:
(note the joins and the lack of support for the pipe!)



One of the welded joints that are a no-no on the boat!:


The pipe work along the cabin length also wasn't clipped adequately enough, so Drew sorted that also - did a really good job and it looks really smart now. Here's the pipe work to the hob now:



Definitely looks a lot more professional!

We also had to have the hob replaced as that was leaking slightly. To be honest it was due out anyway, it was really looking shabby:









The aluminium surround was bad was badly scratched and it just looked quite dated too. The fact is was leaking was also a massive problem! Luckily we had the hob from Ikea originally and they had a similar two burner hob, just more updated from when we first bought ours over 2 years ago.

The new hob has a glass surround and is nearly flush with the worktop and looks really modern, smart and clean:



The only down side is that its another piece of glass to keep clean :)

Drew had finished up pretty much just after lunch, so it was a case of a clean up again. It wasn't too bad to be honest, no dust or anything, mostly just putting things back and moving the chairs in the saloon back into place.

Not a lot else happened today as that really took up most of the day . Big relief! Can relax now!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

It's Nearly Christmas!

Well, we've had a couple of days off and it couldn't have been better in terms of getting things ready and sorted for Christmas. We finally headed back to our mooring space the other day. It was good to be back, but we do love being out and about as well - even if it is just down the canal!

Yesterday morning we got up really early and it was such a gorgeous sunrise. I took the picture below out of the bedroom ("cabin") window. You can see everything where we are - no obstructions view wise and the sunrise or sunset always looks really gorgeous. It makes you feel really lucky you live on a boat.



I always love really early mornings when everything and everywhere is still quiet and you can just hear the start of the birds beginning to sing...

We headed off into town quite early as we wanted to go food shopping, DIY store and also to place an order in the butchers for meat for Christmas. For Christmas Eve when I have company, it's going to be roast beef and thanks Carol for the suggestion....However, its not going to be a traditional roast as such. It's going to be a slow roasted rare beef with a Basil Parmesan mayonaisse and breaded Parmesan green beans. So I will cook it on the day as I find the day after, its just not the same and I want it rare, rare, rare too!

We trialled the meal the other day and it was gorgeous!! So fingers crossed that it'll all come out fine on the day!

So, yes, we headed into the village on our local bus and even that has been decked out for Christmas. I think its the first ever bus that I have seen that's had its very own Christmas decorations!






We headed back around lunch time and the engine room was cleaned and sorted as it was in a real mess plus there was quite a bit of water in the bilge that had somehow overflowed from the bowl that the bilge pump is in. Luckily, we have a wet-vac so that made a quick job of it!

Next on the list was to decorate the Christmas tree! We are quite late this year putting it up so to get us in the Christmas mood, I made my first batch of mince pies, we got a bit of Michael Buble on (Christmas album) and got to work...



It took us a while to decorate the tree as we're both perfectionists(!!!) but we enjoyed it and it's done for another year now.















Dinner tonight and bed early as the gas guy is arriving tomorrow at 7:30AM to rejig all the gas line, install new hob and make it all"safe"!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Craftwork!

It's been a busy week - so busy that there hasn't been any time for blogging. It's coming up to that time of year though isn't it where everything gets really manic! Christmas!

I have to say, I LOVE Christmas, but don't feel the excitement much these days and the last few years, I've only ever really felt Christmassy (that's such a terrible word!) on Christmas Eve, by which time, its almost all over!

This year, I have my parents coming over to the boat on Christmas Eve as they are spending Christmas in Manchester city centre this year. We won't be joining them on the big day but will make up for that on Xmas eve anyway, I'm sure! The scary thing is, I'm contemplating making a roast beef on the boat with 4 of us on board?! Have I lost it??!

Well, like everyone else, it was incredibly stormy here the other day. We nearly lost a plantpot or two (! ha! the drama!) before we managed to rescue everything off the roof just in time. We secured all the solar panels too and then literally just sat it out. The boat was moving around a hell of a lot but nothing compared to what I remember when we were once moored in Castlefield!

Eddie was on edge the whole day, his face was pretty much like this the whole time:




Anyway, going back to Christmas.... We still haven't gone back to our mooring yet as we are still out and about. It's nice to move around and just remember you ARE on a boat and it does move! ;)

Today we moved a little bit further out and are completely in the middle of nowhere with not even any other boats nearby. I love it! I can't stand having people next to me - never understood why boaters have to moor so close to each other when they're out on the cut...

Anyway, we moved the boat late morning today and then tried to get into the Christmas spirit! We decided we wanted some kind of decoration on the "bubble" this year, so decided that instead of having flowers over the Christmas period, we would make some sort of festive twig display. We went out and cut some twigs/sticks yesterday, and I got some glitter and glue from a toy shop yesterday afternoon.

I dipped each twig end in the glue, then in the glitter. I also covered some plain snowflake decorations in the glitter which we've hung on the twigs too



We arranged the twigs in the vase, and just hung dried slices of lemon and lime as well as whole ones (dried)....


I got Pav to do the threading ;)







I think it looks really good and cost next to nothing to make!