Monday, 24 May 2010

A walk on the wildside

Last night it was so warm we tootled off for a wander down beyond Bridge 10, (that’s the one on an awkward angle and a brick wall). We don’t very often go beyond there in the boat simply because there’s nowhere to moor up.
 
It’s there the canal turns into what looks like a river – and even has some very sharp turns on it. So the only downside is that because of all the flora and fauna there’s nowhere to stop for a very long way. It has some unique features that are most unusual for a canal but very beautiful.
 
Firstly,  here’s the back end of one feature that got in the way, but never mind – he was carrying my cardigan…
 
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Born to be wild, there’s a canal behind there somewhere…
 
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A break in the foliage and there it is…
 
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Here too in the shadow of the trees…
 
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An archway of blossom…
 
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This field is massive (we guessed it was corn or maize) and there’s a multi coloured line of trees at the far end…
 
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End o’ the line? No, it’s one of those sharp turns…
 
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WOW…
 
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MOONING, took this later on…
 
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Today we set off back to the marina, there’s a few things we’ve got to do this week, hopefully we can sort out this lazy alternator – we’ve come to the conclusion that it just can’t get enough power into the batteries.
 
It was hovering around 12 volts for the first 2 or 3 days which is fine, then it dropped down to just below 11 even when running the engine for the same length of time. So we ran it for even LONGER the next day & it managed to struggle up to 11 but that was it.
 
On average the voltage just seems to gradually drop by 0.2 or so each day no matter how long the engine is run. So we’re going to see the experts next week – one of them being the guy who actually fitted our engine! Will let you know what transpires…

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