Christmas 2010 and New Year
Its been a lovely Christmas and New Year for us, close enough to family, friends, shops and services to do all we needed to do. Sure, our mooring situation involved a lot of water carrying but weve learnt to use less and waste nothing to the extent that where we used to reckon a full water tank would last 10 days we can now double that.
And wasnt it cold, Im loathe to take a look in the engine bay but there are no indications that we have lost water from our pipework. We had one day of excitement when the water froze between tank and tap but once that was sorted the problem didnt return.
Im reliably informed that Christmas Day was the first that weve spent on our own since we got married. I say informed because I have no idea where I was last year or the year before so I have to trust V on this one. I have to trust her on any subject involving memory.
Since we could please ourselves we broke with tradition and had duck for Christmas lunch, well what else would you eat on the canals? Someone once made the observation that the duck is the most stupid of birds – one isnt enough but two is too many. We must have had an exceptionally tubby one because he lasted into Boxing Day
We did the odd bit of travelling over the holiday period. Catching buses or cadging lifts we saw how the other half lived but while it was nice to be reminded of the benefits of houses we were generally glad to be back in our own beds on the ice.
Memorable moments include MiLs 91st birthday, Tezzers 60th, visits by Kass and David, restaurant food and various presents to keep us entertained or warm, both on the inside as well as the outside.
Tez pushed the boat out (no pun intended) at Kilworth House where Mary, Sam and the twins joined us for a truly excellent meal.
Germs, weve had a few and after a brief season of runny noses its the dreaded cough thats hard to shake off. Weve had many discussions about which cough medicine is best, should it be linctus or expectorant? V brought home a bottle that claims to do both. Does that make sense?
Seeing the glacier retreating reminds us that we should think about cruising. Feeling slightly cheated that we couldnt take up our Christmas moorings in Harbro we now have the prospect of tackling a swollen River Soar in order meet our appointment for bottom blacking at Sileby.
Whatever your plans for 2011 we wish you all a very happy New Year and may yours be full of pleasant surprises.