They’ve been buzzing up and down the system all year of course, and we have done deals for various things, but today was the first visit of the season in which I boat firelighters, kindling and coal…
Shouldn’t need coal &etc for a month or two, now that I have it!
Thank’ee kindly! 🙂
That’s my cunning plan, anyway, Baldric.
Started the day off by checking over the Cardinal’s engine – oil, water, drive belts, mounts. Dipped and checked the batteries. Added some conduit to some wiring that I noticed might benefit from it. Gave the whole engine bay a good brush out. Cleared out the deck rain-gutters and broggled the hidden ones with a proverbial bent coat-hanger. Now there’s a lovely job, removing mud and tree-droppings and crawly-creepies from the rain-gutters. There was a respectably-sized spider in there, one with an elaborate pattern on his back (white markings) – he had the presence of mind to shout “wheeeeeeee!” as he left the Cardinal for pastures new. It was probably the fastest that he’s ever flown.
Even refilled the stern-gland greaser, and that is a messy task.
The ground hereabouts is getting soggy now after our monsoon rains, and we’re moored on pins, hammered into the towpath with my forehead.
Pins are the devices in the middle of the photograph above, the thingies to the top of frame are “nappy pins” and the thingies to the bottom of frame are handcuff chains.
After a couple of days here of the loving attentions of passing
speed merchants considerate boaters the extra weight of eleventy-twelve tons of Halsall mooring alongside was too much, so I’ve just been out to re-site them and bang ’em in afresh.
My head hurts.
I need to invent The Lump Hammer.
A human forehead on the end of a hickory handle. That ought to do it.
I am for my armchair now, and then, once a decent interval has passed, the shower with an industrial loofah and a bottle of White Spirit.
Then I may visit the Land of Morpheus.
Yes, send for my sedan-chair, I shall visit the Land of Morpheus.
That, and some work on Project X, was my day.
How was yours?