Thursday, October 6, 2011

Come on Wales !

When I write the blog next Wednesday we should be back cruising - not made definite plans where to go yet.    Amy got her working visa for Thailand now so its all systems a-go-go for her leaving next Tuesday.

The weather’s been really glorious but has changed these last couple of days and is decidedly more chilly today so Dai now preparing to light the fire.

The horrible water fern is still with us here at Trent Lock although it did clear a bit earlier in the week for Dai to get some more fishing in (and he caught 5 reasonable sized ones in a row late last week).

Last Thursday we went about 20 minutes up the Erewash Canal to tow back to Kingfishers Boatyard their latest narrow boat for fitting out.    This is Cat’s Whiskers - Roger and Pat are planning on retiring and living on their narrow boat as from next April when it’ll be ready to sail away - don’t worry, if John and Mick said April, then you will get it in April just like we did !!   It was kindof nice for one boat fitted out by Kingfisher to be towing their next bespoke boat.     First time Dai has towed another boat so now he’s breasted up with broken-down boat and towed ----- what’s next as a new experience???

Today I have started on my latest project - a knitted Aran jumper for Dai.     Probably be ready for winter 2012 !!

Come on Wales ----- they’re still in the Rugby World Cup --- and we’ll be up at crack of dawn for their next game on Saturday ---- 0600am kickoff against Ireland.

Since last blog we have done …  2 miles and  0 locks
Total since Setting Off ….. 1427 miles and  1165 locks  

carpet of water fern at Trent Lock
on the Erewash Canal 

Mick securing Cat's Whiskers to Jandai
ready to tow to Kingfisher Boatyard for fit-out

Captain Roger takes the helm of Cat's Whiskers
for the first time !

John untying the two boats after arriving at Trent Lock
 ready for Cat's Whiskers to start her fitting out


  1. Hello! from Detroit, Michigan U.S.A.
    Found your blog this morning and look forward to reading more.
    Will we get to see some pics from Thailand after Amy begins teaching there?

    Ron & Lu

  2. Hi Ron and Lu
    Good to hear from you --- glad you like our blog! Thinking about Michigan reminds me of the time I spent in Kalamazoo working for a week at Upjohn Pharmaceuticals - all that snow was just amazing!!
    Yes, when I get some pics from Amy, I will post some.
    Have you ever been on a narrowboat in the UK?? We meet quite a lot of Americans over for holidays.
    Take care, Janice and Dai