Thursday, February 25, 2016

Our longest trip of the year

It was another icy night, though we remained warm under our duvet and very fluffy fleece. The Alde heater stays on all night on its lowest setting, but the odd thing is that the dehumidifier stops dehumidifying early on in the night. We know that it won't work at freezing point, but it just doesn't get that low in the boat. I woke to the sound of Reed Warblers warbling in the reeds as only Reed Warblers can. I'm surprised by how many of them there are around the boat throughout the day.

We did our longest trip of the year this afternoon. To the service platform to fill the tank with diesel for the Bubble stove. There it is, to the right of the photo, as seen from the stern as we lie in our berth.
I thought you'd be impressed.

After that, with the weather still lovely, and the sunshine warmish through the chill breeze, we went for a drive; a bit of an exploration of a local road we've passed many a time, but never driven down. It led to the village of Watford (population 224 in 2001 - I think they got forgotten in 2011), not to be confused with that Watford (population 90,301 in 2011), which had little of interest to keep us there except the 14th century church. But we're glad we visited.

We've seen some good comedy films since returning to Kantara. The first two are quite old DVDs, rather silly, but very entertaining.
Stuck on you 
In Martha's Vineyard, conjoined twins Walt and Bob Tenor make the best of their handicap by being the fastest grill cooks in town. While outgoing Walt hopes to one day become a famous actor, shy Bob prefers to stay out of the spotlight. When fading Hollywood actress, Cher, decides to get her show "Honey and the Beaze" cancelled, she hires Walt and his brotherly appendage as her co-stars. But their addition surprisingly achieves the opposite.

Cheaper by the dozen
Tom and Kate Baker have compromised their careers to raise 12 children. Tom coaches a high-school football team, while Kate has retired from journalism to raise the family. Things change when Tom is offered a college coaching job in a new city at the same time a publisher buys Kate's parenting memoir. After moving, Kate goes on a book tour, leaving Tom in charge of the children, who, already unhappy about relocating, plunge the household into chaos.
The third we saw at the cinema yesterday, where we were two-thirds of the audience!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
In the 19th century, a mysterious plague turns the English countryside into a war zone. No one is safe as the dead come back to life to terrorize the land. Fate leads Elizabeth Bennet, a master of martial arts and weaponry, to join forces with Mr. Darcy, a handsome but arrogant gentleman. Elizabeth can't stand Darcy, but respects his skills as a zombie killer. Casting aside their personal differences, they unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to save their country.

The film was outstanding. A top cast in a tense drama which blended wonderfully with comedy, much of which came from the absurdity (in that context) of text taken straight from Jane Austen. I can't imagine she would have been terribly amused, though!

Tomorrow, we return to St Albans for a few days. On Saturday afternoon, we'll be picking up Jess from the airport, returning from what sounds like an amazing month in Iceland. I think we'll be doing a lot of listening, and very little talking!


  1. Well you've been further than I have..haha. I never watch films but these look like your sense of humour is well intact! 😄

    1. Ahh! That's what comes with the delights of retirement - the time to travel! I heartily recommend it!