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The name describes my demeanour and voice! I love narrowboating and that is why this blog is mainly about the boat and our interaction with it. I have been keeping a log for Sonflower ever since we bought her and moved onto her as our main residence. Some incidents in our boating life have been hilarious, some scary and some down right dangerous. I cannot tell what will come in the future but you can now share them! The crew are an 'ordinary' couple. The Best Mate and I.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Nowhere to go

Sorry that I haven't blogged for some time. I have battery problems on the laptop! My 12v power supply does not seem to provide enough power to run it and when the battery "fully charged" it only lasts about ten minutes!

I am now on the generator, out in the country, and hoping that my mains power supply does not cook!

We left Coventry on Thursday with nowhere to go! Here we are leaving the basin behind us. We usually have somewhere in mind when we cruise but this holiday we have nowhere to go. We have to be in a place to have Piglet delivered back to the boat but this could be anywhere. We do not have enough time to go to the end of the Ashby and back so we have been eight miles up and eight miles back.

Here is Marsworth junction, the start of the Ashby canal.

To be honest we miss the locks. It is delightful countryside and a peaceful waterway but we like the diversion and action of working a few locks each day. We have seen a water vole and the bird life is wonderful. Finches, gold, green and chaff, seem to abound and there is always twittering in the hedgerows and fields.

The weather has been awful. We have been totally unable to avoid the heavy showers and have been soaked a couple of times. We have tried to moor up to avoid the rain as we have nowhere to go but just could not find a mooring in time for some of the deluges that have opened up in us.

Today is better. We have seen the sun this morning and are hopeful that we can do a bit of cruising in the dry.


Brian and Diana on NB Harnser http://nbharnser.blogspot.com said...

I think you have the photos the wrong way round, the top one is the junction and the bottom Coventry Basin

Heather Rowsell said...

Don't try charging / running your laptop on 12Volt supply! There isn't enough ampage and fluctuations in power supply can damage internal hardware & the battery. 240V can handle general "spikes" in power (ampage)without doing any damage. 12V can't handle that, hence damage is inevitable at some point. As for the battery power pack, well it "thinks" it's charged when it isn't, it may already be useless. Try charging the battery with 240V to test it out. Beyond that be aware that system components inside rely on 240V! Even without power fluctuations your laptop is under immense strain! Eg: The first thing to be affected will be the PSU (which will be confused as to just how much power to supply), & the cooling fan will suffer first, hence over-heating of other components & eventual melt down...

Laptops / PC's are not designed to run / charge on anything other than 240V! You'll be severely shortening its lifespan without it!

Takey Tezey