Brass Monkeys

Where we moored last night near to ‘The Narrow Boat PH’, we had no digital TV signal at all. Still the WiFi was good thank goodness.

This morning the boat moored next to us (bow to bow) was reversed a few yards, then it moored up again. We couldn’t help but think, “What have we said?” Around 11:00 am we untied Cyan’s bright red mooring ropes, and pushed off. The boater who moved his boat was standing on the towpath next to his boat; we had to ask the question why he moved. He replied saying where he was moored he couldn’t get any digital TV, but with moving the boat back a few yards, he now gets over 130 channels! We live and learn 🙂

The main reason we moved today was because we couldn’t pick up any TV channels.

The night appeared to be cold, and this morning the canal had a layer of ice in areas but we hardly noticed. That was until we started cruising. Gosh it was cold, the breeze was perishing!  We’ve not travelled far today, only a mere 2 miles, cruising was slow going because of moored boats, and ice. Our cruise was just about long enough for a wash cycle on the washing machine to run.

One ‘brave’ daffodil! Think this is the first one this year we’ve seen in a garden setting.

We passed some ‘interesting’ and ‘fun’ boats.

Side note… I did wonder if the ‘Brass Monkeys’, the title of this post, had rude connotations. Googling it comes up with many explanations and meanings, and some are rude. But I like this one, though it’s scientifically inaccurate!

“The story goes that cannonballs used to be stored aboard ship in piles, on a brass frame or tray called a ‘monkey’. In very cold weather the brass would contract, spilling the cannonballs: hence very cold weather is ‘cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey’.”

Today we’ve travelled just two miles.


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