Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Getting Ready for the Off - Tuesday 26th March 2013

With the heavy weekend snow, we decided to leave getting the boat ready for our first trip of the year, until today and left home with a fully loaded car plus Phoenix who was determined that she was not going to be left behind.
We left our snow covered garden, and 18 inch icicles hanging from the roof heading east. As we reached the M6 it was apparent that we had had far more snow than they had had just 5 miles away and on reaching the marina we were surprised to find virtually no snow and the daffodils beginning to come into flower. There was still a cutting easterly wind but the sun was shinning and the birds singing.
First Daffs
First Daffodils
After unloading the car and then nipping off to the local pub for lunch, whilst the Hurricane warmed up the boat, we found the local supermarket and returned to the boat with more food than we had planned.
We fixed the embroidery pictures which June had made over the last year of Warwickshire and The Inland Waterways to the wall panels between the windows and I must say they look very nice and make the boat more homely. What it is to have a talented wife!!
Embroidery Pictures of Warwickshire and the Inland Waterways 
During February the boats in the marina had had a move around and we were thus able to move up the pontoon to be adjacent to the bank which makes it so much nicer when unloading the car and taking the dog for a walk, particularly as the boat who was moored next to us was a share boat and was thus rarely at its mooring making it an ideal spot for the local ducks to gather.
New Mooring
New Mooring
The rest of the day was used to fill up the water tank, check all the systems were working, clean the inside and air the beds. Despite the icy wind we did find time to chat to some of the other boaters who were preparing to go out on Friday, both heading off towards Banbury. After tea we settled down in front of the roaring fire to watch the TV.

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