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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.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Beautiful Malvern Hills

We are away for the weekend in a lovely Conference Centre nestled just below the summit ridge of the Malvern Hills.

I would love to show you the view from our bedroom window which takes in the whole vista over the Wye Valley and the Severn Plain all the way to the Brecon Beacons and the mountains of Wales. I can't because I have left behind the USB lead that connects my Nokia phone to the laptop!

We are here with the other Trustees and Committee members of The Boaters Christian Fellowship to worship and fellowship together and plan the future witness of the Charity. We expect a good and relaxed weekend together. We also have 34 acres of private landscape and garden to explore and relax in.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Marlow Lock and a day out.

Today we were in Marlow and here is a photo of the town from Marlow Lock.

But today we were not here for boating reasons. There was no boating. As you can see in the picture the yellow boards are out with "Caution Stream Increasing" being displayed on the lock gate.

We had lunch with friends. My friend Gerry I met on my first day of school in April 1954. We chose to meet at The Hand And Flowers. All it is reputed to be. Great food, good wine, interesting ales (served with pudding), great company and good ambiance. We were first in and last out for the first lunch sitting (12.15 to 2.15 but we didn't leave until after 2.30!) We then went for a walk by the river.

The sun shone this afternoon and we had a really good day.

We chose the Hand and Flowers at Marlow not only for its great reputation but also because it is reasonably close to our friends home and I thought that, had we been on the BCF Easter cruise to Windsor, SONFLOWER would have been very close by. In the event, the cruise was cancelled long ago for the reason noted in the second paragraph! We went by car.

Monday, 8 April 2013


STEP 1: Take a photo of the wiring so that you can put it right if you lose your way!

STEP 2 Make sure that the new switch is the same as the old one!

STEP 3 Put all the wires back in the same place as they came from.

STEP 4 Try it out and ensure that the indications expected are shown on the panel!

In fact 100% improvement as the voltmeter, that is covered because one couldn't believe it, is also working at the moment!