Saturday, 29 August 2015


I bet you are like me - you have a smartphone in your pocket and the phone is much smarter than you think. I would also be willing to bet you’ve never read the manual. Which leads to the old time worn anecdote WAEFRTFM (When All Else Fails - Read The Frigging Manual)

But what is it about kids, you know the generation we see hanging around a lock, just chilling under their hoodies. Well give any one of those kids a controller and they can reprogram a video recorder, satellite box or the television set in a matter of seconds. So now when you see them stood around 'texting each other' They are in reality probably just doing a Snowden at MI6 and adjusting the DEFCOM settings at GCHQ.

So I set off on a mission, I was going to teach myself something new about my Android  (Samsung Galaxy S5) Smartphone everyday. So enlisted the help of Poppy the wonder dog - she is young, pretty smart for a mutt and gets on well with the 'lock landing kids' we come across in the towns we pass through. She is very good at breaking the ice (age gulf) between the old wrinklies (us) and the Daily Mail bone idle, work shy, benefit scroungers. (us and them)

Ever had some 'annoying nurk' continuously ringing you and thought. I wonder if there is a way to stop them from ringing my number and disturbing me.

So today I learned how to block calls and texts on my Android Samsung Galaxy S5!

On Android, Press the icon that says 'Phone' on your Home Screen. Next, touch the entry for the number you want to block under 'Logs.' Next, tap the menu button on your Samsung Galaxy Ace. Finally, select add to 'reject list.'

Friday, 28 August 2015

Spring Summer Cruse 2015 ❻❺

Lower Ickneld Way Bridge to Fenny Stratford Basin

Date 28 Aug 2015

Overnight the weather was overcast but remained dry.

Morning: Early breakfast and and early start. Paired up with another narrowboat (Lola) to share the locks. Ate lunch on the move.

Afternoon: It was changeover day at Wyvern Shipping Co boatyard in Linslade. It was manic with boats pointing every which way. The boatyard were working the boats through the first lock and giving some hands on training at the same time.

We shared a few locks with a newbie crew and gave them a few hints and tips. It was a late finish for us. Ripper Street on TV being the favourite choice.


Birds: House Sparrow, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Starling, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan, Robin, Moorhen, Cormorant, Grey Lag Goose, Canadian Goose, Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Wood Pigeon, Buzzard, Black Headed Gull, Common Tern, Swallow, House Martin and Green Woodpecker.

Butterflies: Meadow Brown, Common White, Small White
Bats: Pipistrelle,  Daubentons,
Today's Total.
Miles: 16.2
Locks: 16
Swing / Lift Bridges: 1
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 9.1
Solar Panels: 10 Ah

Accumulated Total.
Miles: 2555.7
Locks: 1614
Swing / Lift Bridges: 359
Tunnels: 49
Pump Outs: 24
Engine Hours: 3432.3

Solar Panels: 23738 Ah

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Spring Summer Cruse 2015 ❻❹

Winkwell Swing Bridge to Lower Ickneld Way Bridge.

Date 27 Aug 2015

Overnight the weather was overcast with a little light rain.

Morning: Early breakfast and an early start, there were a few boats on the move. After yesterdays downpour most people seemed to be having a day off. So most of the boats that passed us yesterday we passed today.

Afternoon: Stopped for lunch, but the weather was holding up and the occasional boats coming the other way were setting the locks in our favour. It was a steady plod until 5pm when we decided to moor up for the day.

Evening:  Television watching after a visit to the nearby pub.


Birds: Wren, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan, Long Tailed Tit, Coot, Moorhen, Cormorant, Canadian Goose, Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Wood Pigeon, Buzzard, Black Headed Gull, Swallow, House Martin, Jay and Green Woodpecker.

Butterflies: Common White, Small White.
Bats: Pipistrelle,  Daubentons,
Dragonflies: Four Spot Chaser.
Today's Total.
Miles: 9.1
Locks: 22
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 6.1
Solar Panels: 11 Ah

Accumulated Total.
Miles: 2537.5
Locks: 1598
Swing / Lift Bridges: 358
Tunnels: 49
Pump Outs: 24
Engine Hours: 3417.1 23.2

Solar Panels: 23728 Ah