No Direction

No Direction is our 70ft Narrowboat which is now home to my wife Jayne and myself, it was launched on 4th February 2008.

We spend the Winters in a Marina and cruise in the warmer weather.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

At Linslade Festival Site

Thursday 29th July 2010
Old Linslade to Linslade (Confusing I Know)
2 1/2 Miles 1 Lock

Back in March we bought a new whistling fast boil kettle made by a Company in Birmingham called Simplex, they are made of copper and are available in plain Copper or Chromed, we had the Chrome version.

Our Simplex Kettle.

I had noticed that the washers under the dome nuts holding the handle on were going rusty
so took a picture and Emailed it to the address on the instructions, it was bounced back un-delivered, I went onto their Website and found that the address had changed so re-sent the Email to the new address and that was bounced back, yes you guessed it, they have closed down, Jayne then Emailed the chandlery where we bought it and they offered to swap/repair it which is fair enough but we have decided to remove the offending washers and replace them with stainless steel ones ourselves, Jayne also Emailed the parent company of Simplex, GB Metal Spinnings but so far has not had a reply.

Left our Mooring this morning and went passed the Globe Inn just as the Cheese boat was about to cast off, they followed us and we shared Leighton Lock with them, we were both heading for the moorings outside Tesco's at Leighton Buzzard, the moorings have a 2 hour limit on them so a space is usually available which it was today.

2 Hour moorings outside Tesco, the ducks congregate here as all the Moms with children bring bread to feed them

Jayne had prepared a shopping list and as it was very close to the Canal she went shopping on her own, I had a call after about 90 minutes to say that she had got the trolley as far as it would go before the wheel locking device activated, I think this wheel locking device is supposed to stop people taking Tesco trolleys and throwing then in the Canal, in that case it doesn't work.

There is never enough food storage space on a boat, so we have had to come up with some ingenious ideas like this

The Fascia panels under the kitchen units are removable so that tins can be stored behind them

Spare draw under bed

 After lunch we cruised the short distance to the Festival site, Jayne called Malcolm Chaney who is organising the mooring space to get an idea of where we were to moor, we got there and tied up, he was measuring the mooing spaces with one of those wheels that surveyors use so the mooring position was very accurate.  When I checked which direction the Satellite dish would need to point I found that it was blocked by a small tree, the only one, I did consider getting the chainsaw out but found a long extension lead so was able to move the dish towards the back of the boat and get a signal, tomorrow the Historic boats Nutfield and Raymond should be arriving, they are being brought down from Cosgrove where they were on display last weekend.

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