Saturday, 27 May 2017

Eileen to the rescue

Eileen and I were walking round the marina today we were going to throw some rubbish in the skip.

Eileen pointed to one of cars in the car park and said 'that lady is screaming help'.

We walked over to the car, she had been locked in it for an hour and it was hot and sunny.

I tried the doors but they were locked.

'Can you find my husband, he's on a boat, he has the key's.

She didn't know the name of the boat but I recognised her husband from her description.

I ran to find him and he released her from the car.

He had the central locking remote in his pocket and must have pressed it by accident, locking her in.

She came to our boat for a cool drink to recover.

We exchanged names and phone numbers, so she can come over to our boat if she's here again.

After she left  Eileen asked what the ladies name was and I told her Wendy.
She then asked what Wendy's husband's name was.

Captain Hot Stuff said 'Mud!'

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Counting the pennies.

Music magpie £14
Fridge freezer £25
Gtech vacuum £35
Fish tank £32

More stuff listed on eBay.
What didn't sell on eBay is now listed in facebay.
Just a few days left but it's half term next week, so after a weekend spent painting the boat I have three full days at home.
Captain Hot Stuff has sorted his clothes, given his tools and gardening equipment to DD1 and thrown away loads of crap.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Still slogging on

I've sold my fridge freezer, someone offered me £25 and I accepted.

I had arranged to go straight to DD1's after work yesterday to look after my twin grandchildren from 2:30 until 5. But I detoured home first to switch off the freezer and put my washing up bowl in the bottom of it.

The DGC were very pleased to see me and the blueberries I took with me.
I read lots of stories, had lots of cuddles and they both tried my ID badge on.
They were 3 earlier this month so are toilet trained and talk in sentences now.

I got home about 5:30 cooked our evening meal, sliced turkey, new potatoes and assorted veg.

I was about to attack the freezer when a friend of ours turned up, it was late when he left but at least the freezer had defrosted completely.
It was almost midnight by the time I finished washing all the drawers and shelves.

I was up at 5 this morning, but no cuppa for me, I had a fasting blood test booked at 8:30.
I snuck to the post office after the Doctors as there was a card through the door yesterday to say a parcel had arrived and needed collecting, it's the final hanging rack for the kitchen.

I have a huge bruise and blood filled blister from where the nurse stabbed me, I think she was a bit ham-fisted as I don't usually mark that badly.

This evening the freezer was collected along with a chest of drawers. I've swept and mopped the kitchen floor, CHS & I have gone through 3 drawers and two baskets that CHS had filled with crap, he will sort his clothes out tomorrow.

The WM has been on twice and the lines are full, the washing will probably dry before I go to bed, mind you I shall not be going to bed very early.


Monday, 22 May 2017

A bad decision

I made a bad decision on Saturday after dropping DGD home, there are various routes back to the marina, I made the mistake of driving past Englefield house!

I thought at first there had been an accident as there were so many people lollygagging around on the side of the road.

Then I realised they were hoping to catch a glimpse of Pippa Middleton's wedding guests.


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Don't buy a narrowboat

Unless you like dogs and spiders, in abundance!

Today we met Jacob the Dalmatian, Froufrou a French bulldog and Baxter, a very barky Rottweiler, he's friendly but noisy and probably quite terrifying if you are of a nervous disposition. 

Spiders we have in abundance, all small ones so far but I'm expecting larger ones in the autumn!

I managed to sprain my finger this weekend, I don't think it's broken, I tripped over a folding chair as I climbed into the cratch. As we don't want the chair I took it and another identical one round to the marina office. There is an area where people can leave things they no longer need, other boaters can then take anything they want. The 2 chairs had gone within half an hour as had some plastic plates that we didn't want.

Fecking idiots

I have items listed on eBay, one of these items is a fish tank, minus the fish obviously.

Someone has messaged me telling me that I have listed the item incorrectly!

Well it's my bloody fish tank so I think I know how big it is.

But he/she informed me that I'd made a mistake.

I replied saying that fish tanks are deceptive and hold more water that you'd think.

I have now received emails telling me I'm stupid, yada, yada.

I have reported the idiot to EBay, somehow I  don't think they will be winning the tank.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

More stuff gone.

DD1 has collected all the gardening tools, a rug for DGD's room and assorted other bits and pieces.

I'm taking my sewing machine, a shoe box full of fabric, a small cutting mat and a box of haberdashery and notions to the boat. I'm also taking my crochet hooks and some yarn.

This is my current yarn stash, I'm debating how much I can fit on the boat!


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Still sorting and decluttering

I have filled my bin and that of a neighbour who is away (I have her permission to use her bin).

I am taking 2 or 3 bags to various charity shops every day.

I approached my Local Project Linus about my many crochet blankets, they aren't interested as they only accept quilts, fortunately the Basingstoke group will take my blankets.

I have made the grand sum of £8.50 on Music Magpie, and donated the rest of the CD to a charity.

I need to photograph and list two more items on Ebay.

I am sending my needle-felting supplies to an MSE'r who has been very kind to me.

I have sorted my yarn and given some away, I may give more away, I just need to see how much I can smuggle aboard the boat.

DS has collected the TV, DD1 is collecting the radio, scales, rug, mirror, baskets and door hangers.

DD2 is collecting the kitchen sundries.



Sunday, 14 May 2017

A little piece of heaven.

The last couple of weekends the weather has been ideal for working on the boat as it has been overcast but dry. 
Last night we had torrential rain, it hammered on the roof of the boat.
This morning, glorious sunshine so I was able to take some photo's of our home marina.
We took the boat across for a pump out, there was a widebeam already there so we breasted up against another boat until the area was clear.















Going, going gone

The rust has been treated, the old name and coachlines have been sanded off and two coats of primer finished. I helped with the masking tape and cutting in.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Four on three

Well that's four hours of my life I will never get back, four hours on the phone to 3mobile!

I am so far past the end of my tether that my tether is a small dot in the distance.

Yet again I have run out of paper at work, this makes my job not just difficult but actually bloody impossible.

I can't find the lead for my camera, the house is in turmoil, Captain Hot Stuff isn't coping, nothing unusual there, he's very bad with change.

My mobile is not working but 3mobile don't know why despite four hours on the sodding phone, the bill has been paid, it's paid by direct debit on the first of the month but it appears to have been cut off by 3.

I've had a new phone for almost 2 months but it's taken 3 mobile until today and umpteen phone calls to get a replacement sim to fit the phone.

The new phones aren't working either!




Monday, 8 May 2017

Knickers

I have just purchased 10 pairs of knickers for my 9yo DGD, she swears there are no knickers in her size at her house and that she is wearing her little sisters knickers that are too small.
She assures me she has asked Daddy (who does the shopping) to buy her some and he's refused.
I don't believe for one minute he won't buy her knickers and I'm assuming that her either doesn't know there are none in her size or that there are some and she doesn't like the colour/pattern/style.

Cancelled

I've cancelled the direct debit for the gas and electric, I'm in credit so there should be a refund winging it's way into the account in June.
I still need to cancel the BT and water rates, hopefully the bank account will look a little healthier next month.
I've filled yet more bags for the CS and the bin.
The roof of the boat has had it's final coat and looks great.
The weather was lovely on Sunday so I took some photo's, all I need to do now is find the camera lead and I'll be able to post them on my blog!

Shiny new roof.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Room for two

Well the shower cubicle is definitely big enough for two.

It wasn't until I'd finished and got out that I realised that the clothes airer was still in the shower with me. 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Who wrote it

I spent almost half an hour trying to find a book on my beloved's kindle, it was a Stuart MacBride, I'm reading A Dark so Deadly, it wasn't that one, it was an earlier one but he couldn't remember the title.
He'd started reading it and somehow lost it!
Eventually I asked for details of the plot to help me narrow down the choices.
He said 'It's the one where Rebus has retired'
No wonder I couldn't find it, the Rebus books are written by Ian Rankin!

The roof of the boat has had it's first cream coat and it's looking really good, it's had 2 coats of primer, 2 of undercoat and now needs 2 top coat, CHS would have finished it today but the chandlers hadn't got enough cream paint in stock. It should be in by Monday at the latest, so the work on the roof will continue then.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

A time of adjustment

We are getting used to spending more time on the boat but I have taken the wooden rolling pin back to the house. That way I'm not tempted to brain Captain Hot Stuff!

He will keep reminding me that I need to be more tidy, as I clear away the milk and margarine he left on the side, hang up his hat and clear away his paint brushes.

This morning I set the washing machine going and tripped the electrics on the boat, I'm not sure why, maybe I can't use the machine on Wednesday's.

On Tuesday I set off for work only to find the Marina gate locked, I had to walk back to the boat to collect the key. The gate should be open from 6am but actually the first person to leave in the morning opens it. I made it to work in 16 minutes, it usually takes me 30!

Once at work a worried colleague asked how we'd managed at the weekend, I said we'd been fine. 'But it rained' she said 'did  you have to go to your house?' I assured her that the boat was ok in the rain and hadn't melted. Mind you I didn't tell her that I'd been stood in the rain holding an umbrella over part of the roof that Captain Hot Stuff had just finished painting when it started raining.

We have ordered the solar panels they are being fitted in June hence the need to get the roof painted.

Dd1 has made a start on selling the contents of my house, very kind of her but unfortunately she forgot to tell me that my stuff was being listed and it was a mad rush to get photos and measurements to her at the same time as collecting two dgd's from two schools and getting them to dance class.







Monday, 1 May 2017

Yellow sticker queen

I popped into our little local Tesco today whilst swapping one grandchild for another.
I went in for milk as we get through a lot especially when the DGC have breakfast with us.
It wasn't the normal time for reductions but I hit lucky.
I got four posh burgers, a salad bowl, a chicken and a packet of bread rolls for under £4.
DGS & CHS had 2 of the burgers in rolls with baked beans for tea, two went in the freezer, I had a hummus salad roll.
I cooked the chicken today and we had a roast dinner, I've made chicken salad rolls for lunch tomorrow and made a chicken and mushroom pie for the freezer.


Saturday, 29 April 2017

Working on the boat

 DGS helping Captain hot Stuff sand the rust spots on the roof.
 DGD also sanding rust spots
My contribution to working on the boat, I was going to crochet a porthole cover but saw this stained glass style sticky backed plastic and decided to use it instead.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Moan, moan, rant, rant

Yet another rant, yet again about work, but this one is a bit different.
As with any school we have some students with an assortment of problems.
Again as with most schools we end up trying to pick up the pieces left by crap parenting.
We have parents who mollycoddle their children to such an extent that at 18 years old they are incapable of the simplest of tasks such as catching a bus.
At 15 I was travelling from Wimbledon to Knightsbridge on public transport daily to get to work.
At 16 I was living in a small bedsit in Wandsworth and managing my own budget.
We have parents who don't give a flying fuck about their children, these parents are a pain in the arse.
But the worse parents of all, I think are the ones who insist on a pretence of a home life that is hunky dory, when in fact it contains all sorts of horrors.
We are then left trying to help a child with no clue as to what is causing the problems. The child is then labeled as difficult through no fault of their own.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Going, going gone

Today I got rid of some scissors and pinking shears, a bag full of Tupperware type boxes with lids, 2 jugs and a bedside lamp.

Tomorrow I'm sorting out my reels of cotton and dividing them between me and both DD's.

I'm being ruthless, another bag of kitchen stuff going to DD2 tomorrow.

3 vases to the local charity shop along with assorted knick knacks.



Monday, 24 April 2017

Why me, why me?

So we are going to rent our house out whilst we are on the boat. We've checked out Rightmove and Zoopla to see what the going rate is for a 3 bed house in this area. There is some variation but we have made a decision about what we will charge.

Another house in my road is also rented out, it's smaller than my house as is the garden and it is being rented out for £1200pcm. It's newly decorated and very trendy looking.
We are not charging the same amount as this as it is way over what other houses in this area are being rented out for.

My misfortune is that the expensive house is being rented by the family of a colleague. Said colleague spent some time today demanding to know why her relatives were paying so much rent when I was going to charge so much less.

She informed me that in Germany excessive rents are banned. Well that's as maybe but how the hell should I know why they are paying over the odds. I assume they either fell in love with the house and had to have it or that is was the only one available at the time they were looking.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Ow, ow, ow

I've done 6 lots of washing and got it dry mainly outside.
I've cleaned the washing machine filter.
Gallons of water and gunk came out.
I've scrubbed the floors downstairs, to mop up all the gunk from the washing machine!
I've packed up a lot of my craft stuff and now I'm knackered and my hands hurt.
I was given a small bottle of prosecco a while ago, I'm very tempted to open it.
Unfortunately I can't I don't have any grip left in my hands.
I should have asked Captain Hot Stuff to open it before he went out.
I didn't want the prosecco then, now I do.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Barging through

So what's the difference?

A work colleague calls my boat a longboat, but that would mean it is a Viking war ship like this.
Other people refer to it as a barge, but to be a barge it would have to be 10ft wide.
Just to confuse the issue completely there are a lot of 10ft wide boat on the canals and they are called widebeams, there was one stuck at one of the locks we had to negotiate on our journey home.
The correct name is narrowboat but I'm not pedantic about it, you can call it whatever you like.

Once she has had the water tank and fuel tank filled she tends to wallow a bit and doesn't handle particularly well.
At these times Captain Hot Stuff tends to call her 'This Fecking Boat' as he struggles to steer her round corners!





I'm Astonish-ed

Doing housework on the boat is like tidying a dolls house.
Whether sweeping and mopping the floor, cleaning the galley or wiping the surfaces all the jobs are very quickly completed.
There are two cream leather recliner chairs in the living area, they ten years old and in good condition, unfortunately they were also filthy!
I had tried everything to clean them but nothing touched the layer of grime on them.
In desperation I attacked them with some Astonish and it worked miracles. 

The  chairs are now much cleaner and I feel comfortable sitting on them.
I wouldn't recommend anyone else try this as I could have ruined the leather, but they would have had to be replaced if they hadn't cleaned up so I had nothing to lose.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Dimensions

The kitchen is 5ft 6ins by 5ft 10ins, today Captain Hot Stuff fitted another hanging rail, this one is magnetic.


He also fitted a rail near the stove to dry tea towels on, it will also be used to dry underwear, not when the stove is alight but when it is dying down.

The living area is 9ft by 5ft 10 and very cosy when the stove is lit.


The dining area is 6ft by 5ft 10.

The bathroom is 5ft 10 by 4ft 10.

The bedroom is 9ft by 5ft 10.

I have just chosen the new curtain fabric, the curtains on the boat are very tatty and none of them match. We will have blinds on the kitchen windows but I'll make curtains for the other windows. I tried to order the fabric I liked and got a message, card declined, I thought this was strange but assumed I'd miscalculated.

I tried another card and got the same response and I know there is money in that account.

I then tried the Tesco credit card and that was also declined, methinks they have a gremlins in their system!


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A quick trip to the pub

We are hooked up to shore power so the washing machine has been on twice and the laptops are on charge.

Captain Hot Stuff has been getting to know the neighbours (he's been working on the outside of the boat) I've been working on the inside.

DD is going to give me a lift home tomorrow to collect my car until then we are on the Marina, not that it's a problem as it is a lovely sunny day.

We walked to the nearest pub, hoping to get lunch, but decided it was too expensive £17 for sausage and mash, maybe we're just tight, so we had a drink and walked back. It takes about 45 minutes to walk there along the towpath.



Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Home at last

We left our overnight mooring on the Thames just before 9 this morning. Twelve locks, six swing bridges a trip through the Oracle shopping centre and nine hours later we arrived at our home mooring only to find someone else moored on our jetty.
We have  a temporary mooring for tonight, hopefully there will be room for us on another jetty tomorrow!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Brrrrr

It's cold and rainy here today but we went to Tesco and bought milk and bread etc.

We bumped into some fellow boaters who we met at Crick boat show last year they bought a brand new boat there but aren't happy with it, a year on and they are still trying to get the snagging list sorted. Left to his own devices Captain Hot Stuff would have bought the same boat, the salesman was persuasive but I vetoed it. I was not popular with the salesman but I didn't trust him.

Someone three boats along from us tonight, has got and old fashioned engine, I can hear it chugging away it sounds wonderful.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Visitors

Lots of visitors today, family, friends and work colleagues. We are near enough to home for people to come and see us and the boat.
Everyone loved the Squirrel stove, many questions were asked and answered about the boat and onboard facilities.
Some people assumed that we had no heating or hot water.
Some even assumed that we didn't have a flushing toilet.
We do, we have a macerating flushing toilet.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

More housekeeping on the boat

This post is for someone who asked about the washing machine, this is mine.
 It's a Candy Aquamatic, it take a 3.5k load and has a 30min rapid cycle.
The machine is tucked away by the steps up to the stern deck.


There is no tumble dryer so after the debacle of losing our clothes and the airer the clothes are hung over the curtain bars and they will dry overnight as the Squirrel is pumping out a lot of heat.

Abingdon to Beale Park

It's been warmer today, we set off from Abingdon just after 9 and went through Culham, Clifton, Day's, Benson, Cleeve and Goring lock. Just to confuse us the same lock keeper that was at Abingdon yesterday was at Cleeve Lock and Goring Lock today. This is the second time we have seen the same keeper at two different locks.

We had intended to moor at Wallingford but the moorings were full so we moved on to Goring, there was room on the mooring but this was the view from the window.
The towpath is level with the roof of the boat so we moored long enough to watch the African Queen turn around and pass us (I'm sure I watched a TV programme about her).
Then we set off again until we reached the Beale Park moorings.

Sorry about the poor picture quality, the sign is some way away.

The views here are much more pleasing.



Friday, 14 April 2017

Housekeeping on the boat

Every day I sweep the floors from front to back, today I treated myself to a dustpan and brush that I can use standing up as it was killing my knees sweeping up on my hands and knees.
Every other day I mop the floor from front to back, I say mop but it's me on my hands and knees with a damp cloth.
Every day after we've used the shower I mop it dry, we have a gulper, it sucks the water out of the shower when it's in use but it always leaves some water behind so I mop it out and leave it dry.
Every day, after tea and before bed I spent a couple of hours working my way through a list of other jobs. This week the jobs have all been in the gallery, the cooker was filthy, I'm cleaning it bit at a time, today it's the cooker knobs, they are soaking in hot water and will be scrubbed vigorously soon. Whilst I'm doing this Captain Hot Stuff is scrubbing the rust marks off the roof or cleaning the windows.
Speaking of the cooker, there is no handle to the grill pan, I am managing with an oven glove but I will need to get a handle at some point.
Just before bed we load up the stove so it is still going in the morning. In the morning it is riddled and more coal is added.

Gotta love google

We decided to stop at Abingdon today, we had been travelling for about four hours and gone through four locks, Osney, Iffley, Sandford and Abingdon.
Abingdon is beautiful, many old buildings and an abundance of barber's shops.
It was cold and windy, so we decided to stop for lunch I googled 'Weatherspoons in Abingdon' and up popped The Narrows. We had fish and chips and a drink for about £12, great value and if we want anything else to eat later I'm sure a sandwich will suffice. It's still cold and windy so we will stay here overnight.
Tomorrow we will make an early start and head to Benson.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Oxford

Yesterday we met DD at Thrupp, I took some pics as it was so pretty.
Some yarnbombing


Cottages beside the cut


We are now moored in Oxford, near Osney bridge, there was a heron under the bridge, we have seen a few but this is the first time I was able to get a picture, albeit not a very good one.
Heron


We had lunch at the Four Candles in Oxford and this evening went to The Punter for a drink. I bought some free range eggs and mushrooms from a farm shop yesterday and some gammon from The Pig Place, so it was gammon for tea.

After yesterday's laundry debacle I decided to dry the second load of washing inside overnight, the squirrel was lit so everything dried quickly.



We have been shopping to replace the items lost in the cut so now have clean underwear.

I have persuaded Captain Hot Stuff to give up his attempt to complete an eight day journey in five days so we arrived at nine this morning and will not be moving on until nine tomorrow morning.

We have registered to moor here for 24 hours and bought a week's license for the Thames though we only expect to be on it for a couple of days.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

It isn't a holiday it's a fecking route march.

Yesterday we lost a many hours when two boats got stuck in a lock together, it took a long time for them to decide who was going to reverse out, and even longer for the reversing to be accomplished. Today we have had to try and make up the hours we lost.

Apart from that until today our biggest crisis afloat was breaking the salt cellar.
Today we outdid that.
The first half of the day was ok, we met up with DD2 and the dgd's, they came to collect dgs, we managed to moor in Thrupp and DD was able to park in a pub car park everything went well, DD even bought some beer with her for Captain Hot Stuff as his supply was running low.
First thing in the morning I had used the washing machine for the first time.
I hung the wet washing on the airer in the prow of the. All went well until the washing was almost dry and then it toppled into the canal and sank without a trace.
This is, of course, all my fault, I had suggested we close the cratch cover to protect the washing but my suggestion was pooh poohed as being ridiculous and pointless!
We will be mooring in Oxford tomorrow and purchasing some new underpants and tea towels!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Day Five

A very brief post today as the mifi doesn't want to play. 
We are at Lower Heyford and almost two hours over schedule as two boats got stuck in a lock together and we had to wait for one of them to reverse back out.

Monday, 10 April 2017

All around my hat

On Sunday and Monday it was gloriously sunny and 20degs, it was also windy, so much so that I lost my hat. It was blown into the canal and we couldn't retrieve it. Without my hat  I got a bit sunburnt. In Banbury today I bought a new hat. I may not need it was it has been overcast and 12degs.
Today I have been coated in Aloe Vera and wishing I had wooly hat.
We had an entertaining trip through the lock in Banbury, an inebriated gentleman wanted to jump across the boat whilst it was in the lock. I persuaded him that he could easily break a leg if he missed and landed on the boat. I suggested he try the jump when the lock was just full of water!!!

Day Four

We stopped in Banbury today and stocked up on essentials, bread and milk and crisps and chocolate for dgs who is working so hard helping me with the locks.

We have just eaten chilli for tea that dgs helped me make and now we are sat in front of the stove watching the flames.



Sunday, 9 April 2017

Day Three

We are moored near Claydon locks, we did ten locks today and need to do thirteen tomorrow. We are hoping to reach Banbury and get to a supermarket.
Nannybeth our boat is bright blue and has Cloudberry painted on the side of it.



This was the view from the back of the boat when moored this evening.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Day Two

We survived the Watford lock flight!
We're having a few WiFi problems, I will update when I can, but I'm having problems loading pics.
Tomorrow we are tackling the Napton locks.

Day One

It's nearly 8 and we have moored up for the night.
We left the Marina and set off along the cut.
We are through the very wet Crick tunnel and within sight and sound of the motorway.
Tomorrow we tackle the Watford lock flight.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Going, going gone.

My dining room table and chairs have gone, my sofa's are going soon.
My coffee tables can go in the bin.
I have found a home for the fish.
Someone wants my tumble dryer.
I'm getting there!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The journey home

The journey has been planned, 114 miles, 6 furlongs and 77 locks, there are 28 bridges, 4 small aqueducts, 2 tunnels and a partridge in a pear tree, and here it is.

We are leaving Crick on Friday early evening, through Crick tunnel and towards the Watford Staircase.

Then on to Norton Junction, there we join the Grand Union Canal, Main Line, on towards Braunston.

From Braunston we go on towards Flecknoe and then on to the Oxford section of the Grand Union Canal where we bear left on to the Oxford Canal Southern Section - Main Line through Napton Locks, Marston Doles Locks and on to Fenny Compton.

Next we get to Cropredy then Little Bourton and then to Banbury, on to The Pig Place and after that we cross the River Cherwell.

On to Somerton deep lock, Heyford village after which we may look for Jane's Enchanted Tea Garden, then to Thrupp and Annie's Tea Gardens, we will not stop at any of the tea gardens but it's nice to look out for them.

Then Kidlington lock an Wolvercote Junction where we travel along Dukes Cut on to the Thames and Isis Lock, Oxford City Centre is about half a mile from Folly Bridge.

Next is Abingdon , Culham, Clifton, Shillingford, Benson, Wallingford, Goring, Beale Park where our boat was first shown on Beale Lake at the yearly boat show.

From there it's Whitchurch, Mapledurham, Purley, Tilehurst, Caversham, Pipers Island, Fry's Island and then past Heron Island where we turn on to the River Kennet and through Reading town centre, there are traffic lights on the river through the Oracle.

On to the final stretch, Southcote, Burghfield, Theale, Sulhampstead, Ufton, Padworth and finally Aldermaston.

Monday, 3 April 2017

A Jolly Up was arranged

There is no I in team and sometimes no scone either.
A little treat was arranged at work by a member of my team.
Scones with jam and cream, yummy.
Not that I was included, I'm only part of the team when it suits.
This particular time it obviously didn't suit someone.
Roll on October!!!