Archive for March, 2014
Posted by indigodream on 25 March, 2014
Posted by indigodream on 25 March, 2014
Posted by indigodream on 22 March, 2014
Wednesday 19th March
The cruise between City Mills Lock and Old Ford Lock covered some very familiar ground, though between the Olympic, Crossrail and sundry other construction projects in the area, there’s something new in the landscape every time we cruise. Nonetheless, the familiar waters gave us a chance to concentrate on refuelling the crew (we had enough fuel for the boat, though the cheap diesel at New Era is always a draw).
We were very excited when we arrived at Old Ford Lock and turned right into the Bow Back Rivers. Now we have cruised this way before – many times – but the last time we came here, the Olympic Stadium was just a round earth embankment! Need less to say, the waterway was barely recognisable and it is now properly dredged, not just a shallow dish in the middle. Unfortunately, you can’t cruise right round the Bow Back Rivers at the moment, there’s a Crossrail Coffer Dam in the way. We can only hope that this ring will open again once they’re done – it will make a charming ring cruise 🙂
Before I move to the photos, I have to thank the St Pancras Cruising Club for allowing us to join them on this very special cruise – I can only hope that the convoy has persuaded the powers that be to allow boats back on the Bow Back Rivers…
Posted by indigodream on 21 March, 2014
Wednesday 19th March
The Waterworks River….
We were due to have an LLDC dignitary on board with us, but our guest was caught up in work. I was a bit disappointed, we needed official witnesses to this landmark cruise. Yet there was something very nice about relaxing and have a jolly cruise with good friends instead. Fortunately, there were other dignitaries from LLDC and CRT on board nb Doris Katia to experience the convoy’s success (failure was obviously never an option!).
We set off in good spirits, though maintaining a 90- second gap between boats was more of a challenge than you might think – a 40 second gap seemed like a more comfortable distance. Yet there was no rush – especially when we came to the first “pinch point” at City Mills Lock. We locked through in pairs – our convoy partner was a familiar friend, nb Peace of Pearce with skipper Kevin along with crew Sally and Eric from nb Cherie – also veterans of many a tideway adventure.
The next “pinch point” was the sheer distraction of the Waterworks River itself and all the sights of the Olympic Park. We have already given feedback to Andrew to allow enough time for boats to take photos of their reflection in the mirrored footbridge that crosses Carpenter’s Road lock – we were transfixed :-)….
Posted by indigodream on 20 March, 2014
Wednesday 19th March
That splendid cruise title came from Andrew Phasey of the St Pancras Cruising Club. After endless months of negotiation, Andrew succeeded in getting permission for a trial convoy of boats to explore the “Olympic” waterways – the first leisure boats to cruise these waterways since they were closed for construction of the Olympic Park in, ooh, 2010?
Before that closure, we were avid explorers of the Bow Back Rivers – until they put the booms across the access points. Before that we used to be able to sneak round with Indigo Dream decked out as a work boat complete with yellow flashing light and crew in proper PPE!
We were very excited to be asked to participate in this landmark convoy, but there were some logistics – part of the route (Waterworks River) is semi-tidal and also carries a lot of “fresh” downstream after rainfall – this means that the headroom under some of the bridges can become prohibitive. Several dates were suggested then rejected, but today we had perfect cruising conditions. Naturally we had to be escorted, by a team of cheerful “minders” in a bright orange rib who obligingly removed the booms to allow us to explore the navigations; of course they were also careful to close them again, once they’d made sure that none of us had taken up an illicit mooring in the park!
We were keen to share the cruise, but short notice meant that many of our cruising friends weren’t available; however we were delighted that Kath and Neil of nb Herbie (veterans of many an Indigo Dream adventure) and their good friend Rick (in turn a veteran of many adventures on nb Herbie) could join us. We were all assembled in Limehouse by 9.30am-ish – time for a round of coffees and a catch-up before we set off up Limehouse Cut to our rendezvous point.
Here’s the cruising plan (which makes more sense on the map!):
1. Limehouse to Three Mills Water Bus Stop – this is where we assembled the convoy, had our final briefing and took on guests from CRT and LLDC (London Legacy Development Corporation). This was a very important cruise – the future opening of these waterways might depend on the success of this trial – so no pressure 🙂
2. Three Mills to City Mills Lock – familiar waterways as this has been an exit point for other tideway excursions.
3. City Mills Lock to Carpenters Road Lock and back – this is where it get exciting – we haven’t cruised this part of the Waterworks River before and it gives a great view of the Olympic Park (particularly the aquatic centre) and brought back many fond memories of our walking the park in the run up to the closing ceremony (and many more memories for Richard who was a Gamesmaker during the opening ceremony and in the stadium during the first week of the games).
4. City Mills Lock to Old Ford Lock – very familiar ground – this waterway was the main transit route for navigation before and during the Games.
5. Below Old Ford Lock along to Bow Back River to Crossrail’s Coffer Dam and back – we’ve cruised this stretch many times in the past, when it was all dereliction and/or a building site for the budding stadium. We’d hardly recognise it now!
6. Below Old Ford Lock to Limehouse – a waterway so familiar we could just mooch along and reminisce on what a great day we’d had – another coup for the St Pancreas Cruising Club and hopefully the start of many cruises along the Olympic Waterways – they were worth the wait 🙂
That’s the overall plan – I think I’ll leave it there for now and post the photos of the more exciting stages over the next couple of days….
Posted by indigodream on 19 March, 2014
Posted by indigodream on 10 March, 2014
March 10th 2014
When Sarah fostered greyhound Smoothie last year, we all expected her to fail and for Smoothie to become the latest member of her extended pack but instead, Smoothie has the best, amazing WIN-WIN solution – whatever happened he couldn’t lose. Smoothie has been adopted by, wait for it, a woman who researches and writes a cookbook full of wholesome houndie treats! Can you imagine his life – he has adoring new owners, a houndie sister to play with and he gets to be a treat taster…
Buoyed by this success, Sarah has now fostered a new hound – a dainty ginger lurcher called Chance (that’s his kennel name, he actually answers to Red!).
Chance is a young boy and, being only part-greyhound, has a bit more energy to spare for running and playing – he loves to play! Although he’s very young, he/s had a hard life and needs a steady home with people who will love and give him the security he needs. We think that Chance will enjoy the stimulation of training classes, which will also help him to get used to the big wild world and all the wonders in it.
Here’s Sarah’s expert write-up:
Location: Chance is living with his foster mum in Suffolk.
Key Points: Affectionate, BEAUTIFUL! Very sweet and puppyish, non-destructive, lovely temperament, eager to learn and please, settles well, great with other dogs, LOVES going out in the car, clean in the house, can be left with other dogs for short periods.
~ Personality ~
Generally: Adorable, clever, shy at first and then adores his people, cuddle monster.
Chance is an adorable puppyish little lad who is very affectionate and sweet both with other dogs and people. He is still very puppyish in his ways as he can be shy and a little wary of new situations but when he realises that he isn’t going to come to any harm he relaxes and takes on his new life with gusto although he also has a maturity which means he isn’t always an ‘in your face kind of guy’ and always loves a good snooze.
He is a bright little boy who will thrive with training as he has already come so far in just a week. He loves other dogs and would ideally have canine company who will play with him although he is currently living with large dogs so it will be great for him to socialise with all sizes. He also adores people though he can be shy at times so will need a family who will give him all the confidence that he needs. He will tap you with his paw when he wants more cuddles so already developing a truly lovely little personality.
~ In the Home ~
Generally: House savvy, can be left for short periods with canine company, house-trained, non-destructive.
Chance is generally very good in the home especially as he has only been in a foster home a week or so. Chance can already be left for short periods with no problem and is clean in the house and non-destructive. Gentle on-going training will be a must for this little boy to make a family member to be proud of and he is a very quick learner!
~ Other Animals ~
Generally: Good with other greyhounds, loves to romp with his greyhound friends, not yet small dog or cat tested.
Chance adores other greyhounds and is very good with them although they don’t always indulge him with play at the moment even when he asks nicely poor little lad! He hasn’t been small dog or cat tested yet but this can be arranged prior to adoption if needed. Chance can be a little grumbly around his food with other dogs at times but this is most likely linked to his difficult past and is something that we are sure he will grow out of quickly when he knows that he gets a full tummy on a regular basis and that no-one is going to let him go hungry again.
~ Out and About ~
Generally: Can pull a little through initial excitement, but soon settles down, loves the car, needs recall work.
Adores going for car rides and enjoys his 2 x 30 minute walks a day that he is getting at present but would be happy to go for longer and would love to be off lead eventually so he can stretch those gangly long legs!
Chance can pull slightly when his puppyish excitement takes hold but he is already learning not to pull and is very responsive. Once a strong bond has developed with Chance and his new family and he has been given recall training, walks with him should be a dream. Please note Chance should never be let off the lead near public roads or livestock.
~ Where Can I Live? ~
We feel Chance will be happiest to live with at least one other dog to show him the ropes and hopefully play with him! We feel Chance will need a family where someone is around most of the time and an active home would be great so he can enjoy long walks and adventures. Chance would be happy to live with older children who won’t frighten him and with whom he can bond and become best friends with.
~ Where Am I? ~
Chance is currently living in a foster home in Suffolk but can be homed anywhere in the UK as long as we have a home-checker available. Please be aware however that you will be required to both meet him and collect him from Suffolk.
~ Want To Adopt Me? ~
Please form a very orderly queue for this little beauty who now needs his very own forever home. Chance is neutered, vaccinated, de-flead, wormed and microchipped and a home check will be required as part of the adoption procedure.
Here are some photos of Chance enjoying some zoomies in our paddock:
Posted by indigodream on 9 March, 2014
Sundie 9ff March
Deer me pals
We woz all havin’ a luvverly lie-in wen Mummy Sue sez….
“Ok houndies, how about an adventure? There’s lots and lots of houndies in kennels that still need a home – YOU can come with me and help to raise money and give people cuddles so that they want a greyhound too”
“Mummy Sue, you iz so funi” I sez “Iz veri hapi to give cuddels but peepul needs to cum here, by appointment”
“Meh!” sed Miffy, wot is Ollie’s gurlfrend wot is on holidaze here….
“Adventure? With you? Oh yes mother” sed Ollie
So Ollie an’ Mummy Sue wents orf an’ di workins, wot wored Ols out, while me an Miffy hads a luvverly Sundie in our favrit beds…..
Posted by indigodream on 2 March, 2014
Deer me Pals
Mummy Sue haz bin naggin’ me to do sum ritin’ about Step-Mummy Sarah’s boat – larst year Iz woz forced to do boatin’ – I hates boatin’ but Mummy Sue sed “Step Mummy Sarah’s got an adorable little boat just for you with a little Ty nest in the front – how about that then?”
Hmph, Iz put me thouts wif me pics but basic’ly I hates boats and Step-Mummy Sarah’s boat is a boat – KEW EE DEE