Monday, 28 May 2012

The Big One (9-2)

Monday 28th May 2012

Torksey visitor moorings to Cromwell Lock

Another warm sunny morning, by 6am the mist was being burnt off by the sun. A perfect day to travel further up the Trent. A few housekeeping jobs to do. Rubbish disposal, check engine oil, check diesel trap for water, quick check of the various fan belts, check the coolant level in the engine. Prepare the big anchor for use if needed.

Yesterday I had my sandals on and the Sun found the gaps. So today I have a large red sore spot on each foot. I had used the suntan lotion in other exposed areas, but I tend only to cover my feet when away on holiday. Today my feet will resemble a well basted oven chicken. So we will hot foot it up the Trent

Poppy met a Mole today, she discovered it at the surface producing a mole hill in the long grass. Unfortunately she had delivered the "coup de grĂ¢cebefore the Memsahib realised and called her off. Apart from her hatred of all things Mink, (she is a self-trained Mink specialist) this is the first time she has killed any other animal. Yesterday at Saxilby she had been watching several small rabbits that would have been so easy for her to catch. I remarked to the Memsahib about there being no attempt on her part to chase them. I was feeling quite smug, I'm a bit less smug today!

I was going to top up our diesel tank before setting off. We have only used a quarter of a tank since our last refill at Boston. However, when I saw the diesel price at Torksey we decided to wait. The red diesel was more expensive than the white diesel is at our local garage. It was at a rate 26p more per litre than we had ever paid previously. One or two of the locals warned against being ripped off!

We saw Jim and Jan on Nb Inglefield as we left Torksey Lock. We only had time to say hello and then goodbye. The run up the Trent was uneventful, we ended up travelling in pairs and we took around four hours to do the whole run. One boat coming down went over the top of a sunken island and we were expecting the boat to run aground. But he somehow managed to miss it!

The new solar charge controller is reporting a total of 120ah added to the leisure battery bank since I fitted it on mid day on Friday. We have not needed to run the engine at all to top up the batteries.

Wildlife: Oystercatcher, Mallard, Shelduck, Cormorant, Greenshank, Redshank, Buzzard, Grey Lag and Canada Geese, Kestrel, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Willow tit, Long Tailed Tit, Pied, Yellow and Grey Flycatcher. Swallow, Sand Martin, Swift and House Martin.

Daily Total

Miles: 16.5
Locks: 2
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 4.4

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 723.3
Locks: 654
Swing / Lift Bridges: 115
Tunnels: 6
Pump Outs: 9
Engine Hours: 2152.1


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