Life, photos but not the universe

Troubled waters?

Well they might be.  Or they might be frozen?  Or misty perhaps.

As long as they’re not rain-splashed I don’t mind.

Barney tells me, that as there will only be the two of us this time out on the boat, that he is planning to do the locks single-handed.  If he can manage this feat and if he enjoys it I shall be very happy and I’ll take pictures of him hurling ropes and leaping locks and make him lots of tea and soup.  (Ooh that reminds me, must pack the bottle of rum in case it’s really cold.)

So that’s sorted.  Barney has planned our trip down to the last inch of mooring space and the last minute of pub opening times so I shan’t have to worry about dinners – unless we get held up – I wonder if he’s checked out winter stoppages!  One year we took the children on a hire boat and the Basingstoke canal was closed at both ends of the summit pound.  We  cruised up and down it twice.  No locks at all.  The children were bored out of their minds and refused to go on a narrow boat with us ever again. Now, however, they seem offended that we haven’t invited them on ours – though really, I don’t see why they couldn’t just ask.

Oh – short pause to check that the neighbours are still ok to keep an eye and feed the cat.  They’ll be in and out practically all day as she has three feeds these days.

Probably I won’t post much as narrow boats are mostly a signal free area.  I’ve never had much luck posting from the iphone anyway and although it can act as a wifi thingie, it usually chooses not to.  To be fair, being inside a long, thin, floating, metal box might have something to do with it.

More red floods from Somerset – are those sheep mad?  they’ll be swept away and dyed red if they’re not careful.


Passing another train at the station


People on the other train taking pics of us taking pics of them


A promising curve ahead and no one sticking their heads out


All obliterated by steam as we went under the footbridge.  I suppose that’s why all the heads vanished


So I spent some time after that getting smuts out of my eyes and cleaning the camera lens.  Life’s like that.

I’d better pack myself off to bed.  If Barney wants to do six locks single handed we’ll need to be off early if we want to get any dinner tomorrow night.

Have a lovely week – see you soon : )

February 16, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. If it had been July I’d be pestering to come and help. I absolutely love locks.

    Comment by Rog | February 16, 2013 | Reply

  2. Have a lovely week, hope you packed spinach!

    Comment by Linda | February 16, 2013 | Reply

  3. Well, as long as you don’t fall and break yourself again. Have a lovely time.

    Comment by Z | February 16, 2013 | Reply

  4. Oh PLEASE don’t fall and break yourself again!
    *crossing fingers for that journey to be safe!*

    All by himself?!
    k….he’s mad, but ya gotta love him anyway. He adores trains, so that makes it all good in my book!

    And speaking of trains….what cool photos. I’ll have to show himself–who will drool and whine, no doubt.

    Safe journey, ma’am!
    I MEAN IT!

    Comment by Mel | February 16, 2013 | Reply

  5. What Rog said! I did wonder if this was the cruise Linda mentioned! Happy locking!

    Comment by dinahmow | February 17, 2013 | Reply

  6. Oh another fairweather locker Rog. I wish it was July!

    Oh I knew there was something I’d forgotten Linda. D’you think porridge will do instead?

    I have brought my new no-fall-over specs Z. Definitely planning not to fall over!

    Enchanted to be the cause of Himself drooling and whining Mel – do send him regards from fellow steam lovers – and to you of course.

    Oh July isn’t all it’s cracked up to be Dinahmow – in February you get frost and fog and icy winds. The canal is almost deserted and you can see for miles though the bare trees!

    Comment by Mig | February 20, 2013 | Reply

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