Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Retro fitting

We decamped last Thursday having stripped Yarwood of cooker, woodburner/stove, carpet, chairs and port side cabinets from the saloon and left her in the 'tender' hands of Roger Farrington of Braunston Boats and his angle grinder and welding torch.   We arrived back this afternoon to find that Yarwood now boasts  an  enlarged gas locker hatch and cover.  Work here included a guard for the gas regulator to prevent potential accidents with errant 13kg gas bottles as they are  hauled in and out of a confined space.  The locker lid is now in a pleasing grey primer but it will soon to be painted in raddle red after Joe has scrubbed out the gas locker and treated the innards to a coat of bilge paint.

 Enlarged gas locker hatch and lid

 New slide hatch and doors
We now also have a new slide hatch and doors that will give access from the tug deck into the saloon.  This is something we should have specified when Yarwood was built but you live and learn and pays an expensive penalty for the retro fitting! 
In the next few days we anticipate (read pray) that the internal alterations necessary to accommodate access into the saloon and the necessary making good will proceed a pace.  I will update tomorrow..
Internal view of fore slide hatch and doors

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Tunnel Lamp for sale

All the items I previously posted for sale have now found homes and here is the latest that is 'going under the hammer'. 

Joe has just placed Yarwood's tunnel lamp on Ebay,    It is a Simpson-Lawrence lamp manufactured in Glasgow.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Sale update

The Captains chairs and the Lilyking fire have found new homes. We are going to put the Cannon cooker on Canal World forum and EBay if anyone is interested.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

For Sale...

No, not Yarwood!

We are about to have some changes made aboard Yarwood and to accommodate these changes we are selling some items.  We intend to place them on Ebay next week but here they are on the blog first.

First up, two Wilsons Captains chairs.  These are two and a half years old and in good condition, Ox blood colour, footstools NOT included.   They retail at over £500 each and we are looking for £250 for the pair.

Also to go is our Lilyking 5kw red enamelled multi fuel stove. Also two and half years old.  This retails at £669 and we are looking to sell for £250. The rear firebrick has a crack but otherwise it is in very good condition.

And finally, a Cannon Connemara LPG cooker, 500mm wide, two and half years old and retailing for £341.  Selling for a £100. This cooker originally came with a glass lid. However it was removed as it could not be opened against the tumblehome.

We are in the Braunston area and all this items will be available from next week.  If anyone is interested email me at: elesk5411@gmail.com

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Historic Boats and lunch with Friends

We were collected by car this morning as we loitered at the nearest bridge to where Yarwood is moored.  The What a Lark crew, David and Lisa, turned up in their car to pick us up and transport us to Braunston for the Historic Narrowboat Rally.  David and Lisa had never been to the rally and were keen correct this omission and had also arranged to meet our 'stalkers' and their 'boat sharers', aka David and Amanda.   I had booked a table at The Admiral Nelson for lunch so once the cars were parked off we went to view the boats and watch the parade.  Today fortunately the weather was much better than yesterday with sunshine rather than heavy rain showers which are always going to put a damper, excuse pun, on any outside activities.

 Nutfield and Raymond reversing on to their mooring
With Raymond moored up we were given the opportunity of a tour of the boat with and explanation of how a family lived on board and operated the boat, all very interesting.  I found a handsome brass lamp (tunnel lamp) that we subsequently bought for Yarwood and now awaits Joe time and ministrations to get it fitted.

 A pair leaving and heading up the flight as we arrived at the Admiral Nelson for our lunch

 A busy and popular canalside pub/restaurant

 There's always one!  Lunch in the Admiral
L-R David C, David L, Lisa C, Joe and Amanda L
It gets worse...but it amused everyone else

 Watching boats, Amanda, Lisa and David

 And coming down the locks are a pair, Kangaroo and Australia, that are actually working

 Loaded with bags of granite chips and rafted together

 Scumbled cabin tops and polished brass gleaming

How lovely is that?

Saturday, 28 June 2014


We are now moored out near bridge 102 outside of Braunston.   It is the Historic, or as Joe insists, the Hysteric, Boat Rally so Braunston is likely to be rammed with boats and gongoozlers.  Our visitors Adam and Adrian of Nb Briar Rose called in to see us and Yarwood before Joe then joined them for a lift into Braunston where himself was getting a newspaper and a loaf and Adam and Adrian were going to join Sarah on Nb Chertsey for the parade.  It is now teeming with rain!!  It may be some time before I see my husband again as he went off with no coat and planned to walk back..
What's the betting that someones mood will be as black as the sky currently is??

Joe, Adam and Adrian

Warwick to Flecknoe

We pulled pins at 8.30 on Thursday morning, another fine day as far as the weather was concerned but a hard days locking in front of us.  We pass the Saltisford Arm where we had visited Jo and Keith the previous day and head up to the two Cape Locks. 

Cape lock with The Cape of Good Hope pub in the background
 Arriving at the first Cape lock there is a C&RT 'operative' busy blacking the beams which was a bonus because he opened and closed the offside gate as the two boats came in.   Today we had eight or ten locks to do, depending on energy levels, but the broad locks were all well spread out so no opportunity to tie the boats together and release Joe for a bit of lock work.  We also planned to stop of for shopping so Yarwood pulled over at Bri 46 where there are moorings alongside a Tesco store and No Problem continued on to Bri 42-41 with access to a new Morrisons.

 Vic at the tiller as No Problem head off to Morrisons
We picked up No Problem again as we both approached the next lock at Radford, worked a couple of locks and stopped for a quick lunch of homemade soup, crusty rolls and, yes and, cake! Moving on after 30mins we worked up through to Long Itchington and called it a day.  We were thinking to get to the Blue Lias which would have been another couple of locks but prudence tapped us on the shoulder and said if there are no moorings to be had we were then staring at the Stockton lock flight!  

 Floyd and Penny checking in

 Moored at Long Itchington and Meg taking it easy
Off again Friday morning at 8.30 and up the next two locks to the Blue Lias where we watered Yarwood and No Problem lingered, they will get water at Napton later.  In front of us now we had the eight locks of the Stockton flight so once again the boats were roped together and Sue brought them up through the locks, Joe and Vic operated the lock and I cycled ahead turning locks (emptying them) and getting the gates open so Sue could come straight.  We worked in  teeming rain but by now we had got ourselves into a good rhymn and everything went smoothly.  Sadly however, no photo's from me as my lovely Lumix TZ40 has died on me.  It is less than a year old so today I will searching to see if I still have my receipt.

Locks done, it's tea time

A farewell cuppa and cake as we finish the broad locks and prepare to go our own way, No Problem off towards the Thames and us towards Braunston and a date with Wharfhouse Narrowboats.