Returning from our traipse to the Royal Mail’s customer office again (more of our ‘sob story’ later), I was in a flat panic because I couldn’t find the keys to Cyan! For several horrible, heart stopping minutes, I thought I’d dropped them somewhere. When we got back, there they were, in full view for everyone to see, sitting on top of the hatch! Luckily, no harm done!
After a strong coffee, and several phone calls later, we slipped Cyan’s mooring, and cruised towards Grove Lock Arm where we could wind (turn) Cyan. Passing our neighbour of several days, John did his Mel Gibson impression, and yelled ‘FREEDOM’ while pumping the air with his fists. Must admit, it did feel like we’re now unshackled and free!
We were soon at our ‘winding destination’, at the bottom of Grove Lock. We hope to be going through Grove Lock before the weekend, as we’ve arranged to stay in Grove Lock Marina for several days, which is at the top of the lock, while we renew Cyan’s batteries.
On the way to the sanny station, and Tesco’s mooring, we met Jules Fuels! Shouting across the ‘bows’, we asked if they were winding… “No, we’re heading South”.
We’ve got three bags of coal left, perhaps we’ll just buy the odd one or two bags from now on as the weather (surprisingly) is now mild, and we don’t want to lug bags of coal around with us during the Summer months. It’s tricky… 🙂 If we need more bags, I’m sure we’ll catch them on their return.
Such is life; when we got to the sanny station, there was already another boat filling up with water.
John took the chance to wind Cyan again, and held her across the canal from the sanny station, and waited while the other boat’s water tank filled, and we waited, and waited. I guess it’s payback time, for all the times other’s have had to wait for our tank to fill.
While we waited, a lady who’s the sanny station cleaner arrived. Unfortunately she couldn’t complete her task because there was no water; there was a burst water pipe somewhere! Luckily there is water through the water point. The lady said she’d report the problem. I can only imagine how busy C&RT are since the ‘thaw’.
It was soon our turn to fill our water tank, and we did the best we could re 3 Elsan cassettes!
John managed quite well to reverse Cyan through the bridge, and temporarily moor her on the Tesco moorings. He was a bit concerned about a swan and a goose who looked to be ‘friends’. They were having a great time playing, and exercising their wings (they weren’t fighting). Several times the two flew under the bridge, after much squawking and flapping to achieve take-off speed…….. just like crazy Spitfire pilots!
While I was having a very enjoyable shop in Tesco, gathering lots of inspiration (We’re starting a Low-Carb/High-Fat (LCHF) diet.) John sat on Cyan’s stern in the sunshine, watching the world go by, including the rats!
It amuses me that luxury yachts have such things as ‘rodent mooring guards’, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one on a narrowboat. I guess they are easy enough to make. It would be awful to have one of these little horrors aboard a boat.
We’ve now returned to where we’ve been moored.
C&RT have announced changes to boat licensing see their webpage here….
Today we are announcing changes to be made to how we do boat licencing, Thank you to the 11,000 people who took part in the consultation, you can find out more about the upcoming changes here https://t.co/u7ksRbHg6l #boatsthattweet pic.twitter.com/ZMCadT3Jsi
— Canal & River Trust (@CanalRiverTrust) 6 March 2018
Regarding our letter containing re-issued credit cards, which should have had Post Restante written on the envelope. Here is the letter, pics taken by John while he was in the Royal Mail’s customer office (John never got to touch it).
… and that’s as close as we got to it. They wouldn’t issue it to us. Apparently it’s got to go back to sender! We’ve also noted it looks to have been opened. No big deal, John’s sister will receive it again, hopefully Grove Lock Marina will allow John’s sister to use their address.
Swan Vesta one only! pic.twitter.com/bexDHAM574
— Never Enough Cruising (@CruisingNever) 6 March 2018