Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Jolly good boating weather? Hey ho!

Strong, cold wind; rain; very strong, cold wind; heavy rain; sleet; thunder and lightning; more wind – strong. OH! Sunshine! But still the wind! We were expecting to start a week's cruise this week, but the weather outlook is miserable, so it might have to wait. The skies have been amazing.

Meanwhile, Colin has fitted the new pump in the Alde, and closed the extraneous hole in the hull. He'll be back soon to drill the new hole for the cratch cover stud. Roy's just been to look at our latest ideas for the galley renovation. Soon we cruise, hopefully. But the weather has to show willing first!

We have six cruises planned for the year, totalling around 16 weeks. Market Harborough, Brentford, a week with Michelle (not 100% sure where to yet), Llangollen, the Ashby canal and Coventry with Christine and Mike, and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Yesterday we saw "The Grand Budapest Hotel", a strange, often surreal film with an unusual cast list. Fascinating, amusing, very entertaining.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent."

This afternoon, we stock up with food so that we can set off to Market Harborough just as soon as the weather lets us. The is no point getting wet, cruising in the rain; nor is there any sense in mooring up at the bank in the rain when we could be moored here with a landline! And, oh! - it's just started to pour down! With hail!

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