Thursday, 14 August 2014

Day Out

Hi Everyone

Noreen and I decided as we havent been out this year we act as two tourists along the canal
We took a 90min drive to Skipton  a journey that would take 5 days in Buggerlug. As usual Skipton was packed coach loads of them. I have no reason why but its always a good day by boat or car. I know its a very old market town with real Yorkshire charm but it has something unique about it. We walked the market, had fish and chips from busy lizzies ate them sitting  by the canal with all the day trippers,
Its Funny to listen to the men explaining to their wives everything about boats, Noreen had to hold me down when the guy sat next to me on the bench  was explaining in great detail the workings of a "Barge" he was so far off the mark he could have been sailing the QE2. Why do people consider themselves experts on such complex subjects. It was really good to be on the tow path it give a complete distortion to canal life, and the boats look bigger???
After lunch we took the walk along the tow path to the castle I have done that walk in sun, rain, snow and Ice and always loved it its only a few 100 yards but well worth it. nicer as we were alone no relatives or friends to look after I know my last blog was praising family and friends but sometimes its quite therapeutic  to be alone.

Be Good God Bless
Big Al


Saturday, 9 August 2014

Hi Everyone

Family and friends where would we be without them? what’s more important is what a miserable life it would be without them. This week not only has it been filled with glorious weather but its been overflowing with friends and family
Sunday after church we had Matthew and Thomas plus Noreens Niece over from NI Kimberley, Ian, Mark and Emily It’s quite some time since we have seen them consequently we had a lot to catch up on, yet again Noreen performed with a lunch and evening meal conjured from nowhere. The kids had a great time and it wasn’t long before we had a fishing competition then an Archery competition everyone had a great day.
Monday Tues Our Keith was here we enjoyed two days fishing and just laughing our fishing exploits are getting more chaotic as we get older maybe because we just love the crack, People on other boats around the marina must think us a pair of lunatics escaped from an asylum. Weds Noreen was working so I had time to get around and do some visiting, Thurs the NI Contingent rejoined us I was very proud to here that on a vote the kids voted for the boat over the Cinema and Bowling we must be doing something right. As it was a beautiful day I took the all for a very short cruise culminating in a pump out HEY never let it be said life on board is boring????
Friday John and Alan came over for a catch up great to know friends are still willing to catch up.
The Marina is now starting to fill up again with people returning from their cruises with tales of boating memories good and bad. It’s good to know that all the boaters going out for their first trips returned without too many disasters, all the work preparation and planning prior to going out was worth it

Just for a bit of fun here ar some quotes on Kids Family and Friends:

The most important thing a father can do for his children
is to love their Mother.

There is only one way to guide a child down the right path ,
and that’s to go that way yourself.

A child will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, the home happier,
the past forgotten and the future worth living for.

Friendship is love with understanding.
Friends are kind to each others hopes: they cherish each others dreams.

My Friends are not perfect, and neither am I…. that’s why we suit each so well.

Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home

Emily-Jane's first visit 

Mark Ulster's next hope of winning a rugby Championship