Monday, April 15, 2013

Well, THAT didn't last long!

The weather continues to be quite unsuited to cruising, the main problem being the biting wind which has whipped up the marina pound into quite a storm on occasions. It's quite entertaining, watching people's attempts to moor at the service platform!

It's not all been bad, however. On Saturday, we walked to The Moorings at Crick for lunch, and the weather was pleasant, albeit still rather gusty on the highest point of the route.

As we started for home, however, it started to drizzle, and the wind got up again,and the drizzle turned into a downpour pretty much as soon as we stepped onto the boat. And this kept up for the rest of the day. The wind was ferocious, and continued that way throughout Sunday. There were moments when walking into the wind was actually difficult. The ducks were a hoot!

So, we're not encouraged to go out on the cut at the moment. Trevor and Sarah on At Last have set off for Oxford. I hope they don't regret it. And Nick and Margaret on Jasmine are planning to go out for a week from next weekend. We're in no hurry!

Simon came to sort out the problem with our battery charging circuit, so all's well with that now, except... He pointed out that whoever wired the domestic battery bank had used cable of inadequate gauge to be entirely safe, so he's coming back at the beginning of March to put that right.

We're going back to the house this weekend, to give Jess lots of driving practice before her test on the last day of the month. We'll be there until the day after that. Maybe, when we return... who knows? A cruise? Several cruises? Winter??

I had to laugh at a jar of Fair Trade whole cloves from Sainsbury's. Do you see anything wrong?

Oh, and I've broken the new exercise cycle! I've recently stopped doing my 15km hard cycle five days a week, and started doing High Intensity Interval Training three days a week, with more moderate cycling on the other two days. One day, the cycle started to make a nasty grating sound, so I contacted the makers in complaint and carried on using it. Until it ground to an abrupt and total halt, making a very terminal-sounding crunch, and shedding metal shavings onto the floor! I'm clearly far too energetic for it!

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