Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Day 4: Lolling about again

Yes, as predicted, the fridge freezer was OFF when we got up. Everything inside is still ok so we’ll just have to keep this routine going. Which first thing, meant it was time to run the engine again, what a crime in such a tranquil place!
 
We’ve stayed in the same spot as yesterday and just “chilled out,” well the weather did that for us really.
 
In between showers we went for a walk down this little “offshoot” of the canal where we’re moored up, so I took these photos. Bit sad really.
 
Coming towards the lock gates that were holding the water in for us…
 
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Paddle with “NOT IN USE” painted on it…
 
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Inside the lock behind it, almost empty with a layer of silt and scum, what a mess…
 
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The opposite set of lock gates, permanently wedged half open…
 
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The other side of those gates, Debbie said last time they came here there was much more water in than this…
 
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The view to the left with the real canal hidden amongst the greenery…
 
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We wondered why it had been left like that, I mean was it part of the original canal, or was it the start of another one that was abandoned? Hmm.
 
Anyway on a more upbeat note, this was Dave trying to light tonight’s BBQ in the rain, (yes it just started as he was setting the darn thing up).
 
What I didn’t capture here was the graceful way in which his designer £2.50 (outsize) brolly blew itself inside out the second he put it up. Yet totally unfazed, he put the brolly back together and continued, (I’ve started so I’ll finish). That’s style, ingenuity and determination for you. Even the sun came out later...
 
Back view…
 
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Front view…
 
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We each contributed towards both BBQ’s, it was like one (two) of those party’s where you not only “bring your own drinks,” but bring your own food too! Hey it worked real well, and we successfully managed to mix n’ match stuff successfully between us.
 
So all 4 of us sat on the back of TT for yet another feast – don’t think I’ve ever eaten a BBQ two days running before! What a great laugh we had, even while the engine was running in our bid to keep the freezer alive…

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