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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.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Happy Christmas


SONFLOWER is safe on her mooring and, thanks to Piglet who lengthened her mooring lines this afternoon, she is riding the rising levels in the pound.

For the second year running we are watching the sky for dark clouds rather than angels in the starry frosty night.

We hope that you all have a very safe New Year and enjoy all the waterways have to offer. Love, Peace and Joy are often more evident afloat!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Beautiful Day: There and back again

It was a beautiful day this morning. The engine just about turned ocvevr and started with all four batteries connected in series aso I took SONFLOWER down to the town water point. I got help with lowering the lift bridgeon teh way there from aboatwaman who is currently moored at Tooley's Boatyard. Thank you, it is troublesome single handed.

So on to the water point where the tank was replenished. C&RT have put a new tap on the outside of the water point but it is controlled from inside the locked enclosure. While watering nb UFO came into the basin. He too was single handed so I helped him through the lock. what else do you do when waiting for the tank to fill?

There was a lady with her three year old grandson watching the boat go down. She asked if I was going down too When I said that I was thinking about backing she looked disappointed. She had come from Socvereign Wharf because she saw me go by and told her little charge that he could watch me go through the lock. He wasn't too worried as he had seen UFO go down.She also told me that she was off nb River Moon, read this blog and we shared news about mutual aquaintences.

SONFLOWER was now almost full with water so we returned down the path together. They were very pleased to be able to help me by raising and lowering the lift bridge. I left them watching me as I carefully navigated SONFLOWER, in reverse, back to the mooring.

It was a lovely day. When I returned I met with the skipper of nb ATHCO who told me all the news of the friendly moorers.

1 mile, 0 locks, 2 Lift Bridge, 2 hours