Where’s the post?

I did write something on Saturday. But it doesn’t seem to have made its way to cyberspace. So I guess I’ll do it again!

Moored at Tixall Wide

Saturday was a beautiful day. It started very misty, but soon the sun came out. The picture shows the beautiful location at Tixall Wide and the lovely spring-like conditions.

Before I left, I had to investigate the memorial that I spotted next to where I was moored. I hadn’t noticed it when I arrived, and when I did, thought maybe it would be for a boater who had died on his boat, or maybe someone had drowned, or even worse been attacked on the towpath. On further investigation I was a bit relieved that it was for the 2 rats – Ant and Dec. “In loving memory of our rats 2000-2003. We loved and treasured you both loads”.

Memorial

My original plan had only been to come up to the boat until today, but with the weather being so fantastic I decided to stay up for the weekend. I gave one side of the cratch cover a good scrub, and then late morning turned around (nice and easy here!) and headed back to Milford. Being such glorious weather there were quite a few other boats on the move and I found myself in a queue of 4 to go through Tixall Lock. A lady from the following boat kindly helped me lock through and was probably pleased to hear that I would be mooring at Milford and not going on to the next lock!

As I needed a few things for the boat, I jumped in the car when I got back to the mooring and headed down to Ikea. I have a love-hate relationship with that shop. They sell so many ‘handy’ things that I always end up spending more than I intended. They have cornered the market in things that ‘look useful and aren’t too expensive’. I got various storage bits and pieces and also some bits for the kitchen. This included a sieve, which I discovered the night before that I needed when I tried to drain some rice! I also popped into the B&Q next door for a few bits and bobs.

As I had originally intended to return home on Saturday, I treated myself to fish and chips on the way back to the boat. Yummy. And fattening. Never mind.

On Sunday there was a frost when I woke up, due to the clear sky overnight, but I was too lazy to jump out of bed and take a photo. Soon the sun was out again heralding another beautiful day.

I spent much of it pottering. That’s something you need to do when you have your own boat – you spend lots of time pottering. I installed things from Ikea and B&Q, including a second optical smoke alarm (prompted by my own post from Friday!) I also washed the other side of the cratch cover and did some cleaning and tidying inside.

Then it was time to pack the car up and head back home thoroughly relaxed after a few gorgeous days away.

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