Bleeding little buggers, obviously get hungry during a heatwave and they certainly made a meal of me. Nicky got away lightly as I had more attention paid to the calf of one leg than she did on the whole of her body. Just goes to prove though that I must be more tasty. Desperately tried to even the odds, but still only managed to take a few with me. One of the benefits of it becoming cooler though is that they seem to have disappeared or are they just re-grouping ?
. . . . . . . . the propeller fell off yesterday. . . . . . . . Luckily we were quite close to the bank, so in I went, into about half a shins worth of silt and up to my neck in water. Found the propeller, but not the nut and anode so that'll cost us a couple of pennies and then a few more. Had to call on River Canal Rescue again and fair dues to them, they give a spot on service, got us sorted and off we set on our travels again today.
The roof of the boat has been looking a bit messy, mainly because of the bags of logs we’ve got stored on the roof for the winter, so picked up a few lengths of decking to tidy it up a bit. The other benefit is that we’ve been able to put more in the same area and can actually see where we’re going as they’re not so high now.
Having been down on the River Weaver in April, it’s nice to see and remember it from a different perspective. Here are a few close ups of the railway viaduct and weir from our time down there.
Took the opportunity of stopping off at Midland Chandlers at Preston Brook as we’ve only got a mains TV, with a built in DVD that doesn’t work, our boats got an aerial that doesn’t work although we do have a separate DVD player. The problem with all this though is that if you want to fancy watching the TV, then we’ve got to turn on both the TV and DVD player along with the Inverter to convert the battery power to mains power and then sit and ‘enjoy’ a DVD we’ve seen a number of times already. So a long put off shopping trip, well we weren’t going to actually buy anything though just price it up for now, did actually turn into a shopping trip and we left with TV, Aerial, Aerial pole and brackets, cable, various connectors and a nifty little device that enables you to run a cable into the boat without drilling any holes. Its got connectors at each end with the strip in between being made of a thin foil type material that you can just run through a closed window or door.
The other useful thing is that the aerial has got a built in amplifier that is powered by the TV, so we’re now the proud owners of a 12v TV and 90 odd channels to watch although in fairness there’s only about a dozen or so we’d watch. The difference in battery usage from what we had to what we’ve got now is much much better and after recently watching the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix highlights and a film later on that was about four hours of TV in all, the batteries had only used up about half of what they'd have previously used for about two hours of TV. Not as much of an issue now with the good long light days we’ve been having for the solar panels, but will make a considerable difference now that the nights are starting to draw in. Fancy having the nights drawing in already, just think it’ll soon be Christmas and if you don’t want to know how many days to Christmas then look away now, oops too late, it’s 144.