Stuff the gym!
Welcome to the Khayamanzi Weblog owned by Andy Edwards. Read the exploits of life afloat and my travels around the British inland waterways of Great Britain aboard my floating home Khayamanzi - a 55 foot narrowboat and with 'first mate' Simba - my border collie cross German Shepherd! *People wishing to see developments of Little Foxwood Model Railway can find the links on the right below my recommended websites.
Next weekend, I'm going to have to go and get a pump-out whatever the weather as the toilet guage is beginning to move and I know I only get one week from that point. 45mins up to Rose, 30 mins there, 45 mins back - probably battling a howling gale and driving rain!
Can you believe it - almost into March already?
Below is a copy of an email I sent this evening to Sony Ericsson regarding my K750i handset. Be warned that I do not consider these phones safe to rely on when on the canals!
The final day of half term! Without question, the anticipation of a holiday is far greater than the actual holiday itself - certainly the anticipation lasts longer; I'm already starting to anticipate the Easter break: I have the next 6 weeks to anticipate a holiday lasting only 2 weeks!
This afternoon I went for a long walk up the Oxford with Simba. Walked up to all the boats moored at 'All Oak's Wood' and stopped to have a chat with the owner of NB 'More to Life' before returning. I had to pause at the car park where everyone feeds the birds and took 50 or so pictures of Blue Tits and Long Tailed Tits flitting around before taking a gentle stroll back home to water/feed my roof boxes. I have posted a couple of pictures from the walk.
I am now sitting here typing this with the side cratch rolled up, the side hatch wide open and not a sound but the background music of Classic FM coming from my radio - bliss! Simba is curled up asleep on his chair in froont of a low burring fire but I'll leave him to tell you about his day in his blog! I have the last 2 or 3 logs ready to go on the fire this evening when the temperature drops and then it's over to coal for the remaining season. I have decided to let the fire out during the daytime from now on and re-light it each evening when I get home. I know this means more work in the evenings but the temperature shouldn't drop now to anything that will cause Simba problems and I really want to start saving coal and feeling optimistic about the warmer weather coming on! Talking of warmer weather, not only did I pass a large field of lambs today but right opposite there was a tree bursting with catkins. I have a glass on my dining table with some buds and 'pussy-willow' in, to act as my Springometer! It is nice now to still have relative daylight until anything between 5.30 and 5.45pm. The barmy spring evenings sitting or standing outside the boat with a glass of wine chatting to good company, (the neighbours,) doesn't seem too far away but then.....maybe I'm being a tad too optimistic for the middle of February in England!
Well and truely back home! My father left at about mid-day today after a full fry up for breakfast and a shopping trip to Sainsbury's! He travelled down to Aylesbury in Bucks. to some friends who have a small caravan that we might be able to borrow for the May half term so that we can continue our tradition of a walking holiday in May, despite his motor caravan having been stolen - this year we fancy the Peak district.
OK, I'm back in the marina with 3 bars of 3G service. Decided, in light of my 'brush with fame' yesterday to publish a picture of my brother 'hob-nobbling' with another star recently - I think he felt he had to compete!
Such is the power of the 3G datacard I am now able to post updates daily whilst cruising! Having said that, I am only able to connect via a GPRS signal today so considerably slower; still good enough for emails, blogs and web browsing with a little patience though!
Well, today school was open for business as usual but this afternoon heralded the arrival of more snow. Just about the end of the school day and the snow started coming down more heavily yet again. I came home as soon as possible and just in time as I couldn't get up the driveway into the marina due to the ice and snow, 4th time lucky and I made it to the top and parked safely! This evening the temperature was rising and the snow is turning to sleet so I don't expect it to hang around much longer. Next week is getting shorter by the day!
Plans for the half term week in a weeks time are all systems go! The stop planks are up in the marina so I now have confirmed plans to pop down to Banbury for a week and back.