Friday, 7 September 2012

back on our Mooring


Thomas and Granddad


Noreen found our first car, we had one in 1970
a Bond Mini Car 250 villiars engine no reverse
we traveled Cambridge to Manchester once a month
Good days ????????

Thomas is now ready to start studying for his GCSEs
He says if they mess my results up 
I'm going after them

Home again


Noreen and I are now back in our Marina after having a really good cruising season.
The trip back from Manchester was uneventful Keith came along to help swing those awful locks in Wigan all boaters note that I am starting a campaign to renovate those locks out, they have been in that deplorable state now for four years to my knowledge.
How do they expect boaters to visit Liverpool when the first have to run the gauntlet of Wigan anyone who is not 6ft, 18stone and built like a brick sh—h----  can not possibly work those locks. They are dirty, full of rubbish, nothing works. To think in the centre of those locks is the North West Head office for waterways, how ironic is that,  If I worked there I would be ashamed to go to work.
To those who are regularly reading  the blog  ( Sad People) It may have sounded that I was not having a good time, those who know me better will know I am happy when moaning ??????????????
This season has been quite an achievement for me; and Noreen as she is the one that has to calm and control my enthusiasm for jumping on and off the boat, and all the other athletic things I once did! but now have to think twice about it.
The Boat Log states:
560   Miles
395   Locks
  21   Tunnels
  43   Swing Bridges
As I said before on a previous blog “ not bad for two pensioners”. I also know full well that there are many others just like us who have done more, cruising the system and enjoying life, Personally I am just so pleased that I have been able to do it; as last year it was feared that I would not be able to go cruising again. But by the grace of God here I am.
I am now sat hear watching the para Olympics that makes my little mishap and subsequent recovery dissolves into insignificance against those athletes, the guts and determination of those athletes is so awe inspiring.
So we now settle down for the winter I have a few projects on I want a shed, sort out the garden, give the engine a full service I have heard some knocking though its more annoying than dangerous but it needs sorting, then there is the inevitable painting after six moths cruising. I also want to do a lot more writing I must finish my book. Iys called “A Kit Bag Full of Rubbish” obviously antidotes of 22 years in the army don’t worry all my old comrades names will be changed to protect the guilty?
Its strange to be sat again on the mooring I keep wanting to start the engine and check the battery levels. Wondering how many locks tomorrow or what time to start off. Looking were the next pump out, diesel, or water point is. OH the simple joys of boating I will really miss it
I will still be writing the blog just to keep you all amused over the dark nights ahead

God Bless

Buggerlugs



2 comments:

Mike, Mags, Poppy and Abbey said...

Morning Al.

Re: "To those who are regularly reading the blog (Sad People) It may have sounded that I was not having a good time, those who know me better will know I am happy when moaning."

Well you and I both know that a soldier that isn't complaining is an unhappy soldier. Complaining is part of human nature and part of the British psyche!

RE: "Noreen found our first car, we had one in 1970 a Bond Mini Car 250 villiars engine no reverse we traveled Cambridge to Manchester once a month. Good days."

I had a friend with one of those Bond Minicars. I seem to remember you were able to turn the steering through 180 degrees to get reverse.

I was at the posh end of the market - I had a Berkeley soft top (sieve) T60 with a 350cc engine. Good days they were!

Mick n Mags

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