OK, I know we are not really very good at keeping the blog up to date, but at least this time I have a fairly good excuse.
The year had already not gone to plan from a boating viewpoint. The temporary failure of the gearbox on "Sickle's" replacement engine early in the year meant we had to abandon plans to continue taking both boats together around a series of festivals, and instead just do much of what we had planned at that time with just "Flamingo".
However August was meant to see us at least a bit back on track, and the plan was to take both boats to our favourite festival of the calendar, namely the historic boat event at Alvecote. On the last day we could set off without a big rush to get there, Cath David, I and 2 large dogs travelled up to the home mooring, with two cars well filled, and loaded up the boats. Only because of delays due to road closures had we not already set off, when I took a call from our other son, Michael.
|Before dislocation dealt with|
|Realigned, but still swollen.|
|2 plates and lots of screws|
|Same time, different angle|
Fortunately Michael's improving situation has allowed us three brief trips to "Flamingo", during which time we have often been cold, but the weather has been unseasonably mild, and I have been able to make much progress on the revised plumbing, to include a new calorifier, (effectively the equivalent of a domestic hot water cylinder), and revised radiator layout. Of which, no doubt, more to follow in a subsequent posting.
Anyway - that's why absolutely no boating has happened since I last completed a blog post.