Thursday, 8 October 2015

Dead inverter

Today brought a surprise visit from Phil & Imelda.  They arrived not long before my departure for London so I was able to have a short catch up but Geoff had a better one as they all went out to Lunch.  Phil also had an good look at the inverter problem as he had all his testing gear with him......and also pronounced it probably dead...or at least very sick and not fixable.   So we cancelled the proposed visit of Matt from Tooleys boatyard which was scheduled for Saturday as we thought he would only say the same thing.
We will now live on 12volt until we get back to Clifton when it will have to come out and go back to Holland for testing and probable pronouncement that we need a new one.............expensive!!!!!!
Everything essential can be run on 12 V but we are glad it is almost the end of our cruising for the year and not the thankful for small mercies......

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Not a good day on Petroc

well I shouldn't have crowed about getting the toilet fixed.......

Last night we discovered a leak at the base so had to call Leesanitation again.   They were very good and Kevin hot footed it down to Banbury and we hope has remedied the situation.

The bigger problem is that our Inverter seems to be non functioning.   Well the nice little blue light won't come on and instead we get a red one saying battery low.    Following behind us was Peter on a boat whose name I cannot remember, but when I was talking to him at Cropredy water point and mentioned the problem he volunteered to have a look at it when we reached Banbury.  Turns out he was an engineer who had his little testing machine on board.

He spent nearly an hour looking for the problem but to no avail.  He pronounced our batteries good, and he tested various things but somehow the wiggly amps or volts or whatever are not making it through the inverter.  So have been down to Tooleys boatyard for help and Matt from there is coming to have a look but cannot come until Saturday.   It would happen the weekend I am away in London.
Anyway Geoff has all the essentials off 12 volts but none of the TV....we always said we should never have had a TV on the boat......he had recorded various programmes which he was looking forward to watching in my absence.......

My main problem is my computer, once the battery has gone that's it.
I am being optimistic and hoping that when Matt puts his diagnostic tool on to it that we will find is is a simple problem or at least one that is fixable and does not require a new inverter........Geoff is being more pessimistic!!!

As we rounded the last bend before Banbury we heard a great shouting from the towpath.   It turned out to be Sue & Charlie Winning from Cornwall.  About 5 years ago they came to a presentation Geoff did on the canals and then read an article I wrote for our Parish News about Geoffs trip through the Standedge Tunnel with John & Fi on Epiphany and eventually bought their own boat Breakaway.
Good to catch up and hope we see them again.

I went down to visit them later on...they are moored just a little further restrictions there but we needed to be further in for Kevin from Leesanitation .  Geoff has got to move even further up on Sat morning to get as close a possible to Tooleys.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Autumn colours beginning to show

Autumn making itself felt in the trees
The forecasters were correct.  We set off at 8 and managed to do 5 locks before the rain came......and then it was out with the brolly.   Barney and I did not have our usual morning walk as the towpath is not the best round here and with all the rain last night I didn't fancy it.......very boot faced dog though!!

Despite setting off so early we had two boats ahead of us so quite a slow morning.  Still we were lucky as there were at least 4 behind us.   We haven't seen the canals so busy all summer.

Geoff had a desire to carry on past Cropredy but luckily the rain persuaded him otherwise.   We reached there about midday so there were 2 or 3 spaces to choose from.  By the time we moored the rain was heavy and we were glad to be inside.   A steady stream of boats has gone past us this afternoon.

Total distance:5.65 miles 
Elapsed time:3h52m50s 
Average speed:1.46 mph (3.52 lock/mph)

Monday, 5 October 2015

Wey hey......toilet fixed

Well the forecasters were correct......the rain is here.  We cannot complain too much as we have had such fabulous weather for the past couple of weeks.

But the good news is that Kevin from Leesanitation came this morning and by lunchtime we had an all singing all dancing toilet again.......a couple of new parts fingers crossed that it stays working.

It looks like a couple of days rainy travelling to get down to Banbury for Wednesday evening.
We haven't had our long macs out this year but there is every chance this could change tomorrow.

We would normally just sit it out but I have the dentist on Thursday morning in the hope that I can cease looking like the bride of Dracula.   Then I am off to London for a reunion and a farewell to Boe as she leaves for Vietnam on Saturday night......

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Weekend in Fenny Compton

A gentle weekend with not a lot to report.  Saturday was dull, the sun never quite got to grips with the day but Sunday was better so a certain amount of sitting out was achieved.
We had managed to get on the 14 day moorings as we planned to stay 3 nights.   This is in the fond hope that Leesan will be able to mend out toilet tomorrow.   We arrived late morning so there were a few spaces but they quickly filled up.   Still a lot of boats on the move, something we have not seen the rest of the summer.
No Sunday lunch out today as the Wharf Inn was fully booked and we couldn't be bothered to walk into the village and suss out the other one.
This afternoon we had a very brief moment of entertainment.   I thought we were being dive bombed as the noise was so loud.  I rushed to the back to see what it was and it was a Vulcan aircraft flying very low.  Geoff thinks it must have been on virtually its last flight ever.  It was gone far too quickly for a photograph.

The forecast tells us there is to be a break in this good weather, we shall see....

So fingers crossed for tomorrow and the toilet.

Friday, 2 October 2015

...and the sunshine goes on......

Well the cleaning did get takes so little time compared with house cleaning......and we were all done long before Anne & Keith arrived.   They came bearing lovely goodies for lunch and some shopping I had requested.
We decided to walk back to the Folly Inn for a lunch time pint and to see if we fancied their menu for the evening.

1st October and still sitting outside
The pub has a magnificent show of flowers still
After lunch on board and a lazy afternoon I retired to the back cabin whilst everyone else watched the rugby!!  (As I write this there is yet another match on and I can hear Geoff encouraging the players)
After the game was over   WALES WON YIPPEE!!! we went back to the Folly where we had booked a table.   This time we went by car as we didn't fancy the 1/2 mile walk back along the towpath in the dark.   The food was excellent although I had trouble deciding what I could eat, or rather what my teeth could cope with.  On Wednesday evening I had broken off one of my middle top front teeth.   Not only is it difficult to eat but if I open my mouth I look like the bride of dracula!

The closest dentist is Banbury and we won't be there until next Thursday.  The appointment is booked for the Thursday morning.  I am hoping he (or she) will be able to cement it back on as I have thoughtfully kept the broken bit.   I am off to London to a reunion a week tomorrow and do not wish to appear in public like this.

Today we moved on a few miles and found another delightful mooring spot about 3 miles short of Fenny Compton.   Just 3 locks to the summit and then gentle meandering around some pretty tight bends in the wonderful Oxfordshire countryside, followed by yet another afternoon sitting idling in the sun.

A wonderful red sky tonight promising yet another good day???
Tomorrow we will wander into Fenny to be ready for our appointment with Lee Sanitation on Monday morning.    We are hoping that they will be able to mend our broken toilet.......
A lot of hoping going on at the moment!

Total distance:5.39 miles 
Elapsed time:2h42m50s 
Average speed:1.99 mph (3.09 lock/mph) 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

yet another lovely beginning to the day

Weather still holding.   We were off at 8 as there is no point in waiting for lock companions anymore as we are back to our preferred single locks.

Barney and I set off to walk to the water point at the bottom of the locks, no one else seemed to be stirring.   Watering took a while and whilst we were there someone else had woken up and gone ahead of us into the locks.

Such a lovely morning to sit and ponder
Not a big problem as it was such a nice day we were happy to take things very slowly.   Once started up we met several boats coming down so that also made it easier.
There were volunteer lock keepers at the first lock but I cannot say I found them over friendly, they spent their time talking to each other and I had to say Good Morning 3 times before one of them deigned to give a cursory reply.
Napton Bottom Lock
We went up the first 6 locks and then moored in our intended spot just before lock 14.   By now the wind was getting up although still plenty of sunshine.   The plan was to stay over here a day as we are overdue to have a good clean out inside the boat and cratch.   We were going to to do it today but the urge had left us by the time we moored!

We have seen more boats pass us today and yesterday than we have seen all summer.  There has been a steady stream in both directions and as I write this at 5pm they are still on the move.    We wonder if the ones heading south are aiming for Banbury as there is a Canal Day there this coming weekend.  Hope they are all gone by Wednesday as we want to find a mooring there.
For the first time this year we have also had some boats who seem to be in such a rush and cannot be bothered to slow down as they pass.   Is it something to do with the Oxford Canal??

We have had a phone call from our friends Anne & Keith and they are coming on a day visit tomorrow.   I walked up to Holt Farm this afternoon and spoke to the very friendly lady there who gave the OK for them to park the car there.   This is the buffalo farm that used to do Cream Teas at the weekend but do so no longer.  Anyway a visit will concentrate the mind in the morning to get the cleaning done!!

Total distance:0.84 miles 
Elapsed time:1h15m38s 
Average speed:0.66 mph (3.84 lock/mph)