Tuesday 30th August to Saturday 3rd September 2011
Bedford was more or less as we left it in 2008 with the same lads on Sovereign Quay park benches sprinkling magic dust into their roll-ups. You wouldnt want a picture of them so heres one of a stoned bridge instead.
Its quite easy going as far as Kempston but an island gets in the way and being shallow with tight bends I decided that was far enough until we get the green light on the link to the Grand Union.
One gets the impression they dont see many boats in Bedford. Cant see why because its a delightful stretch of water, long and wide with room for dozens and dozens of boats. Its a shame there arent mooring rings all along the water front.
Having done Bedford and the upper reaches of the Gt. Ouse we slipped away for a night at the pyramid. Its still summer but after seeing V shivering in two jumpers I put match to paper and lit the corner stove.
Wednesday took us as far as Brampton Old Mill, the secret moorings round the back of the island. What a lovely place this is, Ill bet the history is fascinating.
The island is still lived on and with its old locks, though derelict, looks an attractive proposition for an adventurous navigator.
I could see that with a bit of speed one might easily manage the old route around the island and I was sorely tempted but V would have grabbed the tiller, Im sure of it.
That night I found a hole in the chimney inside the saloon, oops. What I thought was a tiny rust spot on the outside of the pipe was a big rust spot on the inside. Cleaned up, treated and plugged with fire cement it all looked safe for another fire so we had one using the kindling strewn around the moorings. I wonder if that will pass the boat safety exam.
What a difference from yesterday, we were on the balcony, sorry stern deck, with the barby blazing, listening to the olds music from the 40s and 50s. Dont ask me why, it had somehow got onto the ipod. Some of it didnt sound bad, I must be getting old.
Too hot today but mustnt complain.
Made it to Eaton Socon in plenty of time to open a tin of varnish. To paint with, not drink.
An even shorter journey today, one lock and a mile of river and were back in Snots, sorry, St.Neots. I got that from Sue last time we were down here with No Problem. I told V that the locals called it that so she asked around and put me straight.
A sad day for me, theyve closed the Handyman shop. Ok theres still a small hardware shop in the square with a few things but I do miss that other one, it had absolutely everything.
But it gets worse, Ive been stung again by a wasp, right arm this time, what am I doing wrong?
I ran for the boat to get the Wasp-eze spray but too late it was working its way through my blood stream, turning the skin red and swelling like a balloon.
Another dooohhh, or as the kids that sat on our pontoon would say Another, like, dooohh. Why has every sentence got to include the word like?
Theres loads to see on the river if youre a people watcher. Every river user gets an allotted time with rowers coming first followed by canoes and swimmers.
For those of us who like small museums, theres an excellent one in Snots, close to the water and only a pound if you look as ancient as me. Its in the old courthouse with its original prisoners cells and displays of local villains, some as young at 13 years old. They dont call them that now.
Made the mistake of telling V about flashing lights in my eye so we had to do a tour of the eye shops. Specsavers manager must have been concerned because he dropped everything and rushed me to the front of the queue to give me a short eye test.
Get a full test or go to A&E he said but I settled for the walk-in-centre and found a lab coated lady who agreed with me that I could give it a day before panicking. Vs trawl of the internet pointed to something other than torn retina so I think were alright.
Must have caught something off the wasp, theyve got poor eyesight havent they.
Graham (G8LUV) phoned to tell me that he and Sue were at the Cosby air show. Im extremely jealous because this is one show Ive wanted to see ever since we first moored in Leicester back in 2006. Planes, tanks, guns, re-enactments and fast food suit me on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Oh by the way, if anyone else has a TravelPower mains generator on their engine then they might be interested in getting spares (brush sets) from firstname.lastname@example.org
There are model variations but ours (2005) costs £18.88 + £8.00 delivery + VAT.
Where are we now?
Sept. 5th Houghton Island
7th Pike & Eel