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Archive for January, 2013

Boat Blog: Return Journey from the Royal Docks

Posted by indigodream on 15 January, 2013

Monday 14th January 2013

Ahaaaaa!!!! The power could go to my head – today Sue looked after the hounds and had to run a NHS stop-smoking clinic in the afternoon so she couldn’t come cruising – again!

SNOW!!!!!!

SNOW!!!!!!

Right, Sunday 13th January was a beautiful day; Tuesday 15th January had loads of blue stuff in the sky, so what happened on Sunday 14th January for our return journey ? Oh yes – snow, rain, wind!

Worse still, the batteries had been strangely down the previous day, so I did not run the central heating overnight so woke to +5 degC temperatures in the boat. Ooh it was so hard to climb out from under the eiderdown but it had to be done as crew Bob, Emma, Karolina, Simon and Sinéad were coming – cooking up an amazing quantity of bacon, sausages and eggs plus copious coffee was going to take time.

As I emerged into the snow, yes, SNOW, to top up with fresh bread and milk from the handy Tesco Express, a Royal Docks boat turned up to tidy up the dockside – they obligingly agreed to take my rather full bin bag. They were interesting to chat to – they knew we were going out at 12:15 and explained that they were always amazed how calm and casual the narrowboaters are in the lock – but then for us a lock is hardly something unusual, but for the large gin palaces it is probably an unusual sight.

Nb Salar was in trouble this morning – their engine would not start. The starter clicked over as if the batteries were low yet they showed 12.8V on a multimeter. After various attempts to get her going, Frank on Lotus No. 10 brested up to her and towed her to Bow Locks. We left a bit later as eggs were still being fried but our role was tail-end charlie and we soon caught up! Going past Excel, it was sad to see so few exhibitors’ boats – the show gets smaller and smaller every year, yet people were getting some good deals eg Icom had some very nice gear on sale and as a show offer were giving out free 5-year extended warranties.

We formed up in the quarter lock, which took 7 narrowboats and still looked empty! Frank bought Lotus No. 10 and Salar in alongside in an exemplary display of handling – he ended up 1″ away from us and exactly parallel, well we think he may have been 1/4″ out at one end. Try and do better next time, Frank 🙂

Very few exhibitors' boats outside this year

Very few exhibitors’ boats outside this year

Normally we get let out of the lock at high tide; today we were let out 4 hours before high tide, ooh what a drop! My plans were based on our being at least 1 hour late out of the lock, but we came out on time so ended up in Limehouse an hour earlier then planned which was a shame – there was a stunning sunset at 4:15pm!

Chugging back through the barrier was uneventful, albeit cold and wet. Nb Ketura was hanging well back by the Keltbray wharfs so we overtook them, saw that Lotus No. 10 and Salar had safely made it into Bow Creek and, by popular crew vote, headed round the Isle of Dogs. We expected a bit of a lumpy journey but it proved to be like a mill pond; the odd barge and clipper gave us a slight rocking but our main problem was the biting cold wind.  Worryingly we heard on the radio that visibility in the Pool of London was very poor.

As we got to Limehouse the snow eased off and the wind somehow lost its bite, so the unanimous vote was to continue up to the Pool of London. Simon took us up to Tower Bridge; Bob took us through the bridge centre arch but for some strange reason they did not lift the bridge for us!

The visibility improved so we flew with the tide all the way up to the Houses of Parliament. It seemed prudent to do a turn there and head back down, but the tide was still running quite fast so our journey back slowed quite dramatically. The commercial boats were very relaxed and gave us plenty of room, though it was off-putting seeing a clipper waiting for us to get past a pier and then effortlessly reversing back to the pier faster then Indigo Dream could manage in forward gear against the tide.

London is so interesting from the water. Every time we go down we see a new feature, well except that these features that we think of as new have been there for ever. You are so busy on the water that you never get to see everything. Coffee and chocolate rations were consumed at a pace as Karolina took us back through Tower Bridge and then into the usual choppy waters downstream of Tower Bridge. We never went submarine but Bob, standing at the front, almost got wet a few times! We crossed the river upstream of the lock and came in from the upstream side as the tide was still running against us. The tide was so high that the lock keepers had to swing the bridge for us, but that was all done with effortless efficiency and, in another first for us, we actually dropped down into Limehouse.

A glass of lemonade followed in the Narrows, we went across to the Grapes at 5:30pm but they did not serve food till 6:30pm so we returned to the Narrows for a nice but expensive fish and chips with possibly an exceedingly small glass of beer. Everybody slept well that night after 5 hours cruising, 4 of which were on the tideway!

Leaving Excel

Leaving Excel

Plane spotting ....

Plane spotting ….

Its a long way down, long ropes would be good

Its a long way down, long ropes would be good

Gates being opened 5 minutes early!

Gates being opened 5 minutes early!

Barrier in site, take Foxtrot span please

Barrier in sight, take Foxtrot span please

Lotus No.10 taking Salar home

Lotus No.10 taking Salar home

Well gloomy and very very cold at this point

Well gloomy and very very cold at this point

The barrier is always a magnificent sight

The barrier is always a magnificent sight

Emma looking warm thanks to wearing 26 layers

Emma looking warm thanks to wearing 26 layers

Ah this photo was to remind me that the cleaners on the moored boat on the right simply chucked rubbish out through the window.

Ah this photo was to remind me that the cleaners on the moored boat on the right of the raft simply chucked rubbish out through the window.

We think that is London emerging out of the fog

We think that is London emerging out of the fog

It's behind you ...

It’s behind you …

Cool Karolina taking us through Tower Bridge

Cool Karolina taking us through Tower Bridge

Never realised that these were the Rotherhithe Tunnel ventilation shafts, thanks Bob

Never realised that these were the Rotherhithe Tunnel ventilation shafts, thanks Bob

Swing bridge being swung for us, sorry traffic

Swing bridge being swung for us, sorry waiting traffic! Note from Sue – I don’t recall seeing the tide that high at Limehouse before – and it wasn’t quite high tide at this point! Ah, it was a 7.4m high tide – that’s a whopper!

Safely in the lock, thank you Limehouse Lock Keepers

Safely in the lock, thank you Limehouse Lock Keepers

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Boat Blog: Going by Boat to the Boat Show …

Posted by indigodream on 13 January, 2013

10th January 2013

Ahaaaa – I finally got to skipper the boat and take control of the blog – Sue’s had to miss this year’s outing in order to take her Mother to a hospital appointment in West Wales…..

Every year the St Pancras Cruising Club organise a cruise to the Royal Docks for the boat show….

Now, this is a real treat for several reasons:

  • it is good opportunity to shake out the post-Christmas cobwebs (Sue calls it a seasonal spritzer!)
  • you get to take a narrowboat out through the Thames Barrier
  • you get into the Royal Docks via King George V lock which is an awesome 244m long
  • you have a little cruise down alongside the London City Airport runway.

Best of all, it is a relatively cheap trip – last time we looked, the normal lock fee for a 60′ boat was £240 in, the same out, and you pay a ludicrous amount for a mooring; but for the boat show, the St Pancras Cruising Club always manage to negotiate a special rate with all boats locking in and out for a total price for all boats of £266. So, plenty of excuses for going!

As always the trip was preceded by a briefing in the Cruising Association the evening before, always a sociable and informative occasion.

For the day itself I had an experienced boat owning crew consisting of Sarah & Andy (owners of two narrowboats, though one is currently for sale here – go on, you know you want to), John aka Halfie (owner of 1 and 1/24th narrowboats) and Paul (owner of just one narrowboat). Sarah & Andy turned up at 11:30pm on the night before with assorted greyhounds, top dog Susie, Fick Eddie (the oirish one) and Ranger dawg (Sue’s favourite), to keep guest dog Herbie, Ty and Ollie company; Paul and John turned up sensibly early at 8:15am on the Thursday

Seeing that we had time, we nipped up to New Era Diesel to top up the fuel tank. I had serviced the engine last Sunday but had not had time to top up with diesel – 100 litres cost £97. Once that was done, it was time to fuel the crew – sausage paninis, bacon & egg sandwiches plus copious amounts of coffee were served as breakfast

The journey out was via Bow Lock and down Bow Creek, as CRT felt there was too much “fresh” coming downriver for us to use City Mill and Three Mills locks. The whole journey was against the tide. Because we were in the last locking we motored down Bow Creek at 1400rpm, which Halfie’s satnav reported as an agreeable 5.2mph. The Thames was quickly reached with the usual feelings of “oh my, isn’t that a wide river”, but fortunately mill pond calm with no traffic, so Paul quickly and easily get us across to the far side by the dome.

The trip down the tideway then settled to a steady convoy at around 1000rpm. By now I was very much aware that people had not drunk or eaten for at least 30 minutes so I went below to cook. Passing the Thames Barrier was fine, then the crew decided to play chicken with the Woolwich Ferry,  Sarah did tell me to stay below and not look!

We shared the lock into the Royal Docks with some impressive tupperware; we got held there for a while till ATC decided that we could cross the bottom of the runway then we had a quick run up the dock. We had a team photo taken by the footbridge and then Halfie did a neat mooring just in the shadow of the Emirates Cable Car

Usual whiskies were consumed to celebrate a nice, easy and very enjoyable trip!

Photoblog:

Passing Crossrail's Limmo site at the bottom of Bow Creek. Looks like they have a crane setup so that all tunnel segments can come in by water

Passing Crossrail’s Limmo site at the bottom of Bow Creek. Looks like they have a crane setup so that all tunnel segments can come in by water

And this is even better. I think they had plans to put in a little railway to transport soil under the Lower Lee Crossing and then take it out by road but look conveyors and a new jetty, much better, well done Crossrail

And this is even better. I think they had plans to put in a little railway to transport soil under the Lower Lee Crossing and then take it out by road but look conveyors and a new jetty, much better, well done Crossrail

The "Oh my" moment as you see the expanse of the tidal Thames in front of you

The “Oh my” moment as you see the expanse of the tidal Thames in front of you

Lotus No. 10 just emerging from Bow Creek, she is a great looking boat with a serious engine

Lotus No. 10 just emerging from Bow Creek, she is a great looking boat with a serious engine

nb Salar's first trip on the tideway

nb Salar’s first trip on the tideway

Salar and lous No. 10

Salar and Lotus No. 10

Happy looking Frank

Happy looking Frank

Salar in the gloom!

Salar in the gloom!

The crew taking Indigo Dream through the barrier

The crew taking Indigo Dream through the barrier. Note Andy has both eyes open!

Another view of the barrier

Another view of the barrier

nb Salar just making her first trip through the barrier

nb Salar just making her first trip through the barrier

and looking confident

and looking confident

Ah yes, this was the moment that Sarah said "don't come up on deck now"

Ah yes, this was the moment that Sarah said “don’t come up on deck now” and yes no zoom just a little cropping to centre the photo

It's behind you .....

It’s behind you …..

Look at Salar go, wonder why ....

Look at Salar go, wonder why ….

In King George V lock

In King George V lock

Synchronised narrowboating at speed to get past the runway before the next plane landed. GPS suggests 6.2mph, wonder who was driving

Synchronised narrowboating at speed with three boats just a few feet apart to get past the runway before the next plane landed. GPS suggests 6.2mph, wonder what lunatic was driving

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Our lock partners showing a fair turn of pace.

Our lock partners showing a fair turn of pace.

Happy faces ...

Go on give us a smile

Driving down alongside London City's runway

Driving down alongside London City’s runway

Andrew Phasey in the orange romper suit dolling out whisky

Andrew Phasey in the orange romper suit doling out whisky

Ah what a competent looking lot

Ah what a competent looking lot

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Technical: Isuzu 42 Servicing Info

Posted by indigodream on 8 January, 2013

This is my reference page for the parts I regularly need for servicing the engine and also somewhere for me to store copies of the engine manuals etc. For filters etc I like going to Allpartszone in Croydon, very helpful, excellent service, competitive pricing and very good at looking up obscure references Update: They are now closing, arghhh need to update this page. Their advice is to use Mahle filters as they think they are better quality so my shopping list for the next service with Allparts references and cost in January 2013 is:

Air Filter:  Isuzu Part No. 100066-4LS OEM References:  FRA CA5315 or Cooper AG 294 – Allparts Reference: CA5315  – £5.01 – 1 No. Update: 10th July 2013: This is proving a bit of a pain as Fram / Coopers have stopped making them. An equivalent seems to be a Reisse 46100020.

Supplementary Fuel Filter:  FRA C1191PL  – Allparts Ref KX23 – cost £3.54 – 2 No.

Main Fuel Filter:  The manual say Isuzu Part No. 897172-5491. Last time my engine was serviced it was by the excellent Neil Coventry he put in an Isuzu 5876100220 so I suspect that the part number has changed. Finding an OEM equivalent is interesting.

Main Fuel Filter OEM References:either Baldwin BF954 or Donaldson P553240 or Fleetguard FF5030, Filtron PP944 or Mahle KC5. Note these are all a fraction longer then the Isuzu part so slightly more awkward to remove with my style of filter wrench.  Allparts Reference: KC5 – Cost £4.24 – 1 No.

This site cross references the Isuzu 8971725491 with an Isuzu 8941329471 and that in turns leads to a Fleetguard FF5394 which is shorter, same length as the Isuzu so I have ordered one, look out for us anchoring somewhere. Update: The FF5394 looks like exactly like the Isuzu filter.

Oil Filter Isuzu Part No. 894456-7412 OEM References: FRA PH6811 – Allparts Reference OC205 (or OP617 if not available, OC205 is the Mahle reference) – Cost £3.10 – 1 No.

Comma 20W50 CC Engine Oil: £12.48 for 5 litres – 1 No.

Costs last time I looked in a Chandlers but note for Isuzu parts not OEM: Air Filter £9.66, C1191 Filter £3.50, Main Fuel Filter: £16.32, Oil Filter £9.30, Engine Oil £26.50. January Allparts costs recorded as I think the first two filters have gone up in price but still amazingly competitive when compared to Isuzu parts from a chandlery. Mind you not all chandleries are the same – did not note down prices but I think Kings Lock in Middlewich had pretty competitive prices for Isuzu branded spare parts (and they are nice people).

My last shop from inline filters in April 2016 had these prices:

2 ea. FFR-CA5315 FILTER-Air(Round) £8.66 (£4.33 each)
1 ea. FDE-HDF296 FILTER-Fuel(Can Type) £3.53
1 ea. FBW-B1425 FILTER-Lube(Spin On) £7.12
1 ea. FFG-FF5394 FILTER-Brand Specific(Fleetguard) £5.00

 

My “Library” as it is so far:

The correct parts – click parts-list

HMI engine manual – click hmi-isuzu-manual

PRM gearbox manual – click prm-manual

Isuzu Canal boat leaflet – click Isuzu_Canal_Boat_leaflet

Isuzu Pricelist – click Isuzu_pricelist_202009

Isuzu dealer list – click Isuzu-dealer-list-20010608

CAV Filter manual – click CAV Filter Manual

 

I should start a list of useful web sites if only so I don’t have to resort to google when I can’t quite remember them. I will add more later but whilst I think about it here are two:
Useful site for odd Isuzu Parts:http://www.quayworks.com/

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Boat Blog: Bobbling in the New Year

Posted by indigodream on 4 January, 2013

Tuesday 1st January

How about a cruise then Ollie? "No I'm good thanks!"

How about a cruise then Ollie? “No I’m good thanks!”

Greygal and A came to visit us this morning with oldies Ranger (my favourite), little Miffy and big Monty – the youngsters, including your own correspondent, Henry, were grounded for being too boisterous. Poor Herbie is still swathed in bandages, and will be for several more weeks – it’s vital that he doesn’t move his injured leg too much as one of his wounds is right in the muscle and needs to be immobilised in order to heal.

I’m pleased to report that Herbie DOES remember who his real mummy is – he gave the pack an enthusiastic welcome before being whisked off to the vet for a dressing change. We had to fess up that Herbie had fallen into the pond at 5am – the stench of pond water when the vet removed his old bandages was awful, but luckily his wounds were clean and uninfected! His wounds are healing well – the better of the two should be healed in a few weeks time; the more serious of the two is difficult to predict as the muscle has been shredded, but it will certainly take a lot longer. To complicate matters, Herbie now has a pressure sore on each of his elbows – these can be tricky to manage but the vet is on to it! Anyway, the conclusion is that Herbie will continue to enjoy a quiet life with Ty and Ollie until his muscle wound can take a bit of movement.

Sarah looked a bit pale after paying Herbie’s vet bill, so we settled down to a roast dinner, cooked by the menfolk – brilliant. We were picking over the bones when Richard pounced with a suggestion that we go for a cruise! It was already 2pm so a mad scramble ensued – Ty, Ollie and Herbie stayed at home; the oldies were bundled into the car and we set off for Limehouse.

Greygal and A back where they belong - we haven't been cruising for agesl

Greygal and A back where they belong – we haven’t been cruising for agesl

We haven’t been cruising for ages, but the engine fired up, the coffee machine worked and, after a bit of a stutter, the gas hob ignited (for the pedants out there – just one ring :-)). We set off for a little bobble up Limehouse Cut – it was a fine afternoon – mild in the sun but distinctly chilly in the shade. We had a trip up to Old Ford Lock, making note of how the landscape has changed since we last cruised this way about a year ago. Having been so energised during the games, the Olympic Park and its surroundings now looked a bit sad – I really hope that the legacy works, but there was a faint air of neglect about the area – maybe it’s more dynamic during the week when you can see the works progressing.

It was good to be back on the water, especially with our canine crew – being oldies, Ranger, Miffy and Monty have been Indigo Dreamers for a long time – Ranger took up his usual position on the back deck sheepskins, snugly wrapped up and fast asleep – it gave a nice sense of continuity being as we’ve lost our own original Indigo Dreamers…

We got to Old Ford Lock and briefly contemplated going through the lock to have a look at the landscape above, but the sun was setting. Although it was a fine day, the light disappeared with tropical abruptness and we returned to Limehouse in the dark (not for the first time!).

We packed up and went home to our respective hounds. Aah, cruising with Greygal – let’s hope that this sets the precedent for the year to come 🙂

Big works on the towpath near the northern outfall and the path off to Viewtube...

Big works on the towpath near the northern outfall and the path off to Viewtube…

Another veteran Indigo Dreamer - Ranger dog in his usual position on the back deck...

Another veteran Indigo Dreamer – Ranger dog in his usual position on the back deck…

A couple of Olympic security ribs - funny to them 'abandoned' - we've been pursued by them (in the nicest possible way) for the last couple of years!

A couple of Olympic security ribs – funny to them ‘abandoned’ – we’ve been pursued by them (in the nicest possible way) for the last couple of years!

This was the path to Viewtube - was it an official entrance to the park during the games?

This was the path to Viewtube – was it an official entrance to the park during the games?

Smart new lock landing at Old Ford...

Smart new lock landing at Old Ford… wonder what ha happened to the bywash?

Can't wait for the Bow Back Rivers to be opened again - hopefully this summer sometime...

Can’t wait for the Bow Back Rivers to be opened again – hopefully this summer sometime…

This chimney is on the Olympic island but well outside the park - soemthing big's been demolished around it, but what? Will have to check the photo archive..

This chimney is on the Olympic island but well outside the park – something big’s been demolished around it, but what? Will have to check the photo archive..

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Odds Blog: Here’s to 2013…

Posted by indigodream on 1 January, 2013

Monday 31st December

January: The "usual suspects" on the annual narrowboat pilgrimage to the Royal Docks. Sadly this was Lynx's last cruise though we didn't know what tragedy lay ahead when this photo was taken...

January: The “usual suspects” on the annual narrowboat pilgrimage to the Royal Docks. Sadly this was Lynx’s last cruise though we didn’t know what tragedy lay ahead when this photo was taken…

Well, 2012 has been a year of extremes for the Indigo Dreamers – the highs, such as the Jubilee Pageant and the Olympics, have been very high; the lows, such as losing Lynx, Poppy and Lou, have been very low indeed, underpinned by a background gloom caused by the weather and the rigours of nursing sick dogs from March to December…

[A rare edit from Richard: I don’t cope with losing our dogs at well but what can I say about these three, the pain is extreme. Don’t talk to me about them, it is still too fresh, sorry; but do talk to Sue, she is the opposite, needs to talk. And how can that be possibly set against the amazing highs? We have been down the tideway in the dark (Greygal’s fault – ha ha!), the pageant was something yet again, amazingly tiring but a life-long memory. But I agree with the Herbie’s that the rehearsal was the business. As to the Olympics,well, I and the guys from my office met Greg Rutherford recently (the Olympic gold long-jumper who can clear two double locks effortlessly and was single at that time) and he was so enthusiastic about Games Makers, was stunned that Aga had done so much work under the park in various tunnels and that (single at the time) Karolina had worked on the designs of King Yard. Yet I have to say that it was an absolute privilege to be a games maker. That leads nicely into the Sports Day Opening Ceremony (saw that 3 times) – an amazingly late night after a working week enough to make me lose hair, yet people came along to help get me the boat to Barking Creek- fantastic people, thank you. Work-wise we have gone from looking like we would have to sack half our wonderful staff to wondering how we would cope with the next tidal wave of work – has there ever been a year of more contrasts?]

Back to Sue  –  we now look forward with hope to 2013 – we haven’t settled our cruising plans yet, but we will have a little refresher down to the Royal Docks with the St Pancras Cruising Club in January then we will settle down to some serious plotting! As I always sigh – “so many waterways, so little time”!

We are determined to get away from London this year, and, as no-one has yet predicted a drought, we’re hoping that there will be enough water for the BCN Challenge – we’d love to take part again. After that who knows – maybe revisit our old share-boat stomping ground on the Macclesfield/Peak Forest/Huddersfield Narrow – onto new waters down the Rochdale? But then the Bow Back Rivers will hopefully be opening in the late Summer and we’d love to take part in the inaugural convoy cruise there.

People often say to us “ah, but the waterways have been there for hundreds of years so there’s no rush” but, in the case of the Basingstoke Canal, local boaters fear that “use it or lose it” applies – as our friend Kathryn from nb Leo No2 has blogged. So, river conditions willing, we will try to join the Easter convoy along the Basingstoke – but Easter is early so still plenty of time for exploring northwards…..

On the hound front, who knows? We are still nursing Herbie, who needs re-bandaging every 48 hours, and needs a bit of peace and quiet to give his wounds a chance to heal. He is a superstar at the vets – partly because he’s keeping them in business, but mainly because he’s so good – his wounds look

February: Success - Richard's fundraising efforts raised £2,000 for Greyhoundhomer!

February: Success – Richard’s fundraising efforts raised £2,000 for Greyhoundhomer!

dramatically horrible (though clean and healing), yet he just lets the vet bathe and treat them without moving a muscle or making any complaint. El Disho Vetto says Herbie is amazing; the other vets have said that he’s remarkable. However, proud Mummy and Step-mummy (since promoted to co-mummy in Herbie’s case – I’m truly honoured) have been quick to remind the vets that:

  • Herbie is altogether too interested in live cats and suchlike
  • Herbie is quite psychotic with squeaky toys
  • You can trust Herbie with your life but not with your ham sandwich…

Ty and Ollie are very quiet – I think they’re both very sensitive to the recent changes to the pack – Ollie, in particular, seems to be missing having a top girl around. Ollie is also quite nervous after Ty bit him at the beginning of December; thought Ty is not showing any outward signs of dominance. So, when Herbie is well enough to go home, do we maintain the status quo and see how the two boys settle or do we adopt a new lively girl to balance the pack? Decisions, decisions….

March: Poppy and Ollie arrive - as fosters of course!

March: Poppy and Ollie arrive – as fosters of course!

April; The start of the Spring Odyssey - up the Thames...

April; The start of the Spring Odyssey – up the Thames…

May: Stranded in Wallingford - the water came up another 10" but Indigo Dream was fine!

May: Stranded in Wallingford – the water came up another 10″ but Indigo Dream was fine!

June: The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant - a great event, even if it did rain unpleasantly and incessantly the whole day! Of cours,e the real highlight was wining a Herbie Award for the rehearsal the week before :-)

June: The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant – a great event, even if it did rain unpleasantly and incessantly the whole day! Of course the real highlight was winning a Herbie Award for the rehearsal the week before 🙂

June: We said a sad farewell to Poppy - yet we also celebrated a joyous 15 weeks with her...

June: We said a sad farewell to Poppy – yet we also celebrated a joyous 15 weeks with her…

July: We attended our first ever Olympic event - it was fab and these guys went on to be gold medallists!

July: We attended our first ever Olympic event – it was fab and these guys went on to be gold medallists!

July: Lou finished her intensive treatment and went into remission..

July: Lou finished her intensive treatment and went into remission..

August: Richard's amazing experience as an Olympic Gamesmaker - we may have to take a slow boat to Rio :-)

August: Richard’s amazing experience as an Olympic Gamesmaker – we may have to take a slow boat to Rio 🙂

September: Barking Creek - always a memorable experience - but we also met other virtual friends Snowy and Dudley hounds (oh, and their staff, Marina and Si!)...

September: Barking Creek – always a memorable experience – but we also met other virtual friends Snowy and Dudley hounds (oh, and their staff, Marina and Si!)…

November: The end of the Autumn odyssey and prophetically beautiful sunsets...

October: The autumn odyssey and the chance to find some new dog-perfect moorings and pubs…

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November: The end of the autumn odyssey and prophetically beautiful sunrise…

November: A cold snap - time for houndie pyjamas maybe - uh, maybe not, judging by Ollie's expression!

November: A cold snap – time for houndie pyjamas maybe – uh, maybe not, judging by Ollie’s expression!

December: having 7 greyhounds for a month was defiinitely a highlight :-)

December: having 7 greyhounds for a month was definitely a highlight 🙂

December: Saying goodbye to Lou was an awful wrench, but also a relief given how ill she was - this was a tragic end to the year - we'd so hoped for longer....

December: Saying goodbye to Lou was an awful wrench, but also a relief given how ill she was – this was a tragic end to the year – we’d so hoped for longer….

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