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Archive for April 15th, 2010

Boat Blog: the morning after…..

Posted by indigodream on 15 April, 2010

Sunday 11th April

We had a huge debate on whether to stay or move today. We’re not in any hurry so we don’t need to move to get to the fens and there was a large to-do list waiting at home; going home would also give the dogs, especially Lou, a chance to rest and recover after a busy few days. On  the other hand, it was another lovely spring day – just made for cruising.

Note: there’s good but very muddy dog-walking in the water meadow adjacent to the Globe pub – walk up towards the bridge and there’s a gate on the right.

We eventually decided to go home but it took ages for us to leave the boat – we’re always reluctant to do so. There were important things to be done – Caxton and Matilda Rose were moving past us towards Marsworth so we took the chance to have a nose round Caxton’s new nose. She’s a fine boat – so light and airy – I can see the crew really enjoying the extra space in the bow. It was very interesting to compare and contrast Caxton, which is designed to be a home, and Indigo Dream, which is very much a pleasure boat (as we proved yesterday!). It just goes to show how valuable it is to look around other boats for ideas.

The six dogs got on famously again today – I’ve been a bit gobsmacked by Lou, who hasn’t made any fuss about having four new dogs on her boat, eating her food, but wisely not vying for her sofa!

We chatted for ages before we waved them off – we’re already looking forward to seeing them again in a couple of months’ time though we do need to work out how we are going to do our weekend travels on the fens, finding 7 day moorings may be interesting.

There’s a useful shop boat moored at the Globe at the moment – they had a range of bits ‘n pieces – I got a couple of …. uhm, not sure what to call them, ‘clips’ that you can use to hang fenders from the side of the roof – I’ll take a photo next time! They are not so good for cruising but very handy when we need extra fenders on hard edged moorings.

We did eventually stop chatting and got back to the boat! I packed up while Richard washed the boat. The side of the boat was plastered with grass cuttings from some over-enthusiastic strimming at the Marsworth mooring so a wash made a big difference. We stopped short of the polishing – the afternoon was wearing away, as it always does when we’re pottering around. We might never have left but our decision was abruptly made for us when we ran out of water – we decided that was a sign that we should scarper. Filling the water tank will be THE urgent job when we get back on board next Friday/Saturday.

Note: There are mooring rings in the vicinity of the pub and good towpath moorings further along (though the ground’s quite soft at the moment) – we assume that the rings are 14-day as we didn’t see any signs to the contrary and neither had any of the other boaters that we asked.

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