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.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Be Careful with Eggs.

We've been back in the Marina for over a fortnight now, so a lot of boat washing and touching up of paint has been done, we are also catching up with which boats have gone since with left for our cruise and the new one's that have arrived.
Jayne has resumed her Volunteer work at the Sutton Coldfield branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society on Mondays. I am back to doing a bit of van driving 1 or 2 days a week when needed..

On October 6th we saw a report on Channel 5 news about Britain's largest egg producer, Noble Foods, they supply Supermarkets with a brand called "Happy Eggs", and are accredited to the RSPCA Freedom food scheme, their advertisement portray hens living in nice clean conditions with plenty of room to roam outside, read the report and judge for yourself.
The two supermarkets we use in Lichfield are Morrison's and Waitrose, after the report was screened Waitrose removed "Happy Eggs" from the shelves however they were still for sale at Morrison's, 3 Emails to Morrison's Customer Services has resulted in the usual PR waffle.

When we are at Kings Bromley Marina we always get our eggs from the Lady who lives on a Narrowboat and runs the chicken farm between Fradley Junction and Alrewas on the Trent and Mersey Canal, the Chickens are out in the fresh air scratching around as they should be.

Their eggs taste better.

You can see the farm and her boat on the offside (opposite to Towpath) between Common Lock and Bagnall Lock.

Being members of the I.W.A. we receive a news letter from the Lichfield branch, it appears Tesco's are planning a new supermarket alongside the Canal at Rugeley, the Branch has requested that if planning is granted then it should be on condition that the shopping trolleys are the £1 in the slot type to try and prevent them ending up in the Canal, however given Tesco,s history I doubt it, (Google Tesco Trolleys there are some amusing sites.)

I''ve noticed a  4 minute video on YouTube, access it via Friends of Raymond website, I'm on for about 2 seconds, fame at last, I'm the one with his glasses balanced on top of his head, if I had a pound for every time someone has said " your about to loose your glasses" I'd certainly be able to spend more time in pubs, as it is I've only lost them once in about 30 years, they fell into the water as I was on the back of the boat, I managed to retreive them using a bit of wire coat hanger fixed to a long cane. 

We have just got a new "3" Broadband Modem, this one is also a wireless router so it can live in the cratch where the signal is better and we can both use our laptops at the same time, sad I know, more on this in the next blog, when ever that will be.

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