Work and a treat!
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.
In light of the teasing posts from Jo on NB Hadar and the fact that at last it's Friday evening and wet, cold, dark and miserable; I have finally given in, changed the chimney over and lit the stove!
Visit the main Khayamanzi website to join in with the Canal Caption Capers! Our first picture is thanks to Andy Bayley from NB Brindley. Andy spotted this picture on the Upper Avon. Clearly the summer floods have caused problems for many but time is a healer and the British ability to laugh at mis-fortune in hind sight should prevail! In fact, it was his picture that he posted to me that inspired the idea. He also sent 2 excellent suggested captions but I shall leave him to be the one who posts those ideas if he wishes.... You'll find the page by clicking on the 'Canal Captions' link under the 'welcome' link or by clicking on the thought bubble above the navigation menu.
School was great today but since arriving home it's been another story!
The stone was deffinately gone today! Last night was very wet and windy and I was kept awake most of the night. When I woke up, I realised just how bad things had got. One boy arrived at school in trainers and informed us that he couldn't wear his school shoes as they were covered in glass due to the fact that his front porch had ben blown away by a tornado during the night! I've heard some excuses in my time but his mother confirmed the fact and the news headlines this evening also demonstrated the truth in the matter.
I've said it before and I'll say it again -it's quite scarey when you realise people actually read the drivel that I write on here!
It's amazing how things creep up on you! MOT booked in on the car for 10.30 on Saturday morning as it runs out on Sunday, Tax runs out a week later so that needs doing too! Boy time flies - it only had its first MOT the other day it seems. I also need to sort out my cratch over the weekend and remove the assorted objects that clutter the canopy, such as the satellite dish and horns in readiness for the technicians from A J Canopies to come and measure up next week. In addition, I have 5000 daffodil bulbs to begin planting round the marina, (with help from others!)
OK so plans come and plans go but at the end of the day it's plans that keep ambition alive and thus also anticipation. The Landrover is no go for a variety of reasons, not least of all the fact that I've just realised that my current car tax and MOT run out this week and it would all get far too complicated! In addition, they won't offer anything near a good or reasonable price for my current car as part exand I've also had mixed reactions regarding the reliability of the Freelander so I've decided against the idea!
An interesting weekend so far! This morning, I topped up the diesel on the boat - I seem to be using a bit more now given that the central heating has had to be used on a number of ocassions in the evenings recently, soon be lighting the stove again! I then went with John to look at the various options for mobile internet access as he wants to get set up and wanted to use my little knowledge to help him! he ended up walking away with a very good package that combines mobile phone and UMTS access on the laptop by using the phone as the modem - very cheap price to boot!!
Woke up this morning to another glorious morning. A heavy mist with the sun trying to poke through made for an extremely photo-genic few moments before leaving for school. As I pulled open the cratch to let Simba out, I disturbed a kingfisher that flew off from one of the posts next to my boat. Yet again, the sun has been streaming down all day. Plans are well afoot now for an end of season bar-b-q at the marina which should be a great occasion to get to know each other better.
Well, typically now that the new school term has started, summer seems to have arrived! Temperatures have been hot and the skies a beautiful deep blue. Four days back at school with the new class and already it feels more like four weeks. By the end of the second day, I had managed to collect 3 sets of 35 books to mark as well as planning and assessment and the inevitable meetings that go on late!
The evening then rewarded me with the following picture, (again - amongst others!)
I have laid awake every night in the last week with the side hatch open, listening to a pair of owls calling to each other as I drift off to sleep. My evening walk with Simba has involved spending much time watching the many bats sweeping silently around the boat fly catching and more recently a family of 3 kingfishers has taken up residence on the old arm. One even fished from a fencing post before retreating to the top of a boat to devour his catch - most amazing. This evening, when I got home from work, a magnificent heron was standing by a neighbours boat fishing and I was informed that the owner had watched him earlier having a fight with another heron who was attempting to drown him. I have seen that done with swans on a number of occasions, but never heard of it amongst herons. Rabbits and hares abound and the only disappointment is the recent absence of the Muntjak deer. Oh, and the swans have caused great hilarity as they attempt to teach their cygnets to fly - you can almost see the lock of sheer horror on their faces as the youngsters flap across the marina and suddenly find themselves air-born for a few yards!!
The weekend promises to be glorious again and I have even rolled the cratch fully up this evening in anticipation. Tomorrow, I have to undertake my regular 'pump-out' trip and plan to book the boat in for hull blacking and various other jobs for the May half term if they will book me in that far ahead!
Totally non boating related but an extremely busy day today! The builders at school have finally pulled out, (talk about cutting it fine!) and so it has been very hectic trying to sort out all the offices and admin block in readiness for the start of the new term on Tuesday. Been in school much of today, all of yesterday, some of tomorrow. Monday is officially a full days inservice training which will be spent in meetings, planning and the last bits of cleaning up and sorting out thingsand then, on Tuesday, I meet my new class again and head off for the next year long adventure with the little darlings!