Nappies they work a treat, in the bilge is what I mean.
Cruiser sterns, after heavy rain, can accumulate water in the bottom corners of the engine hole, which is a pain if you want to red oxide the base plate where the paint has lifted.
A size 5 nappy opened up and face down draws the water like ink to blotting paper and within a few hours its ready to paint. Thanks to Mike on Sarah-Kate for passing on that tip.
Theres only one problem, what do you do with the other 23 nappies? Someone is bound to spot the opened pack and assume, well they shouldnt but they do, if you know what I mean.
The Aylesbury Arm The cruise down to the end was fun, one night each way being spent between bridges 13 and 14 which brought a few friendly comments from walkers, possibly prompted by surprise that boats were still using the canal.
We had no complaints on that score, in fact we had too much water in places and occasionally flooded the grass which was fun in leaky shoes. A lot of locks but reasonably spaced to enable
leap-frogging, a trick we learned from Caxton and Matilda Roses blogs.
We found two spaces at the end of the line of winter moorers (dont get me started on that), opposite boats belonging to members of the Aylesbury Canal Society a friendly bunch who genuinely seemed pleased to see visitors. Water and loo dump were on our side of the canal but there are facilities on their side that they are happy to share. I got the feeling that the new buildings were encroaching fast on the boat basin and that developers eyes were already on the land occupied by ACS.
The Aylesbury Arm passes through countryside having very little contact with roads. Most noise, if there is any at all, comes from above from self powered and towed gliders that soar into the sky from a runway a few fields away.
Take out that scoop to pick up dog poop, it says.
Aylesbury itself was alright, thats to say it wasnt brilliant nor was it a disappointment. Architecturally it seems to have lacked planning since the 1960s but theres enough of the old town around the church to make it worth a quick visit.
A local asked if I was going to the new theatre and when I answered no he replied neither was he, it wasnt his thing. I couldnt work that one out.
Dont get me wrong, Im cultured just like the rest of you and dip into my pocket to support the local orchestra whenever I can.
Theres a handy Tesco right next to the canal near the last lock which saves having to lug bags back from town to the boat basin moorings. My apologies to town centre shops that rightly oppose that sentiment.
The Wendover Arm Is it worth doing? Yes, undoubtedly. It doesnt take long and Id recommend stopping at the end because theres a wide winding point, concrete sides, clean water and no passing traffic.
The best time to do it is in the morning before the water levels drop. 6 can make all the difference between a smooth cruise and a treacle trek. Watch out for a couple of half submerged boats and reciprocate the stares from the mill workers wondering what on earth you think you are doing away from the Grand Union.
And the rest is history, to be found in the addendums.
One last picture, another unusual boat which tickled my fancy was spotted south of Berkhamsted.
Notice the tiller and the smile on the skippers face.