Sunday, 13 May 2012

The Big One (7-1)

Sunday 13th May 2012

Bardney Lock Visitor Moorings.

There was some late night boating activity as someone chugged past us just before midnight. I thought that they were going to tie up on the visitor moorings. So I went out with my torch to catch a line. However, after some time spent going from one side of the canal to the other. They then slowly disappeared off towards Bardney Lock.

A very cold night, but the wind has finally gone. Our domestic chores are now completed. The washing is all dried and packed away. We even bathed the dogs who because the weather had been so wet, were a little bit scruffy. Later today I shall turn the boat around so that we can do a bit more on the spit and polish on the starboard side.

A few weeks ago we obtained a heavy duty clear plastic storage sack. I have been using it to keep split logs that we use to fuel the stove dry. However, there has been an extra bonus. The sun has turned the sack into a mini-green house. The logs have been getting warm and extra moisture has been sweating out of them. There seems to be around a small cup of water collecting each day that we drain off.

Bardney has a small selection of shops. When shopping we tend to go for the small traders first. However, we found that the local butcher is easily being beaten for quality by the local co-op. So if you come this way, visit the co-op first, not as we did and leave it until last.

I have been cleaning the boat brass, now I need to clean me! The navigation lights and the tiller needed some serious work. The mushrooms are next on my list. I use vinegar soaked kitchen roll as a wrapping to break the heavy tarnish. Astonish oven cleaner gives a good shine and a coat of baby oil slows down the weathering.

Wildlife: The Cuckoo are busy calling. It's the female who calls to attract a mate. After mating she then looks around for a nest to lay her single egg in. Dunnock, Sedge and Reed Warblers as well as Meadow Pipit (of which there are many just here) are a favoured species for sly egg laying antics of the cuckoo.

Daily Total
Miles: 0.0
Locks: 0
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 0.0

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 699.7
Locks: 652
Swing / Lift Bridges: 115
Tunnels: 6
Pump Outs: 9
Engine Hours: 2114.6

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