Two locks, half a tank of water, one canoe, an Irishman and a wasp

…all walk into a bar. No, but seriously. The Cardinal and I went boatering again yesterday. In roughly four hours, on what ought to have been a quiet Sunday morning we went through two locks single-handed all by mineself (fires into the air and asks a passing dog-walker and dog to ululate), we (I) dumped/recycled…

New nuts, new bolts, old-fashioned biscuits

A short trip to the nice chaps at Aqueduct Marina to acquire bolts of various sizes, some of those peculiar nuts with the nylon inserts – the ones that rarely if ever come undone – and a packet or two of biscuits, combined with an arrival of the Bro bearing the fabrications of a new mount for…

Book Review: To Be Continued by James Robertson #Scotland #Toad #Odd

…and yes, a hashtag of “Odd” is a bit rich, coming from me. Tis necessary though. As far as I was concerned, possibly in a semi-reliable role as buyer and reader, this was a roller-coaster of a book. I don’t refer to the plot, but to the fabric of the product itself. Cover and fly-leaf description…

Sheikh D’Ownrun meets Lola, a canoeist, & an oil gauge sensor on the run

Well there’s lovely for you, yes indeed, Myffanwy. Atcherly, is has been quite spiffing, albeit tending more towards the Rennie at times than I would like (Peppermint Rennie, not Mackintosh). Yesterday (swipes away a few stray bars of a Beatles song) one positively leapt out of one’s flea-pit with an unseemly amount of agog, one flung one’s…

Book review: The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare #WWII #History

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Churchill’s Mavericks Plotting Hitler’s Defeat. A book by Mr Giles Milton esq. Hardback. I got mine for minimal bung as secondhand from Amazon. Full-price and new is beyond the reach of my peasant-sized piggy-bank, as ever. I rarely “buy” books, I simply re-home other folks’ discards. People often assert that…