Friday, 25 July 2014

Wednesday thru Thursday

Having arrived back on Tuesday from a round of family visits we had arranged to stay in a hotel in Rugby for the next three nights.  On Wednesday morning after our first night in Rugby we arrived back at the boat where Joe set about scrubbing out the gas and pin lockers and giving both a coat of bulge paint.

In the meantime I set to  dismantle the bulkhead between the galley and the saloon and remove the heath stone.

 And there it was gone!

 The entrance to the Imperial War Museum and the 15" naval guns that dominate the view

On Thursday we caught the London Midland service from Rugby into Euston and made our way across London to Lambeth where we planned to visit the new WW1 exhibition at the Imperial War Museum (IWM).  We had both spent years commuting to London for work but we are just Sooo delighted that those days are behind us!

The IWM was heaving.  Access to the new exhibition, that had opened for the first time on the previous Saturday, was by timed tickets but even that didn't help the congestion.  Joe persisted and saw the whole thing while I abandoned less than have way round and found a wall to lean on and await Himself.

Bayko Building Sets - a precursor to Betta Build and Lego
I spotted this exhibit and thought of Keith on Nb. Hadar who has been blogging about this prewar (1934) childrens toy.  For you Keith!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Retro fitting

We decamped last Thursday having stripped Yarwood of cooker, woodburner/stove, carpet, chairs and port side cabinets from the saloon and left her in the 'tender' hands of Roger Farrington of Braunston Boats and his angle grinder and welding torch.   We arrived back this afternoon to find that Yarwood now boasts  an  enlarged gas locker hatch and cover.  Work here included a guard for the gas regulator to prevent potential accidents with errant 13kg gas bottles as they are  hauled in and out of a confined space.  The locker lid is now in a pleasing grey primer but it will soon to be painted in raddle red after Joe has scrubbed out the gas locker and treated the innards to a coat of bilge paint.

 Enlarged gas locker hatch and lid

 New slide hatch and doors
We now also have a new slide hatch and doors that will give access from the tug deck into the saloon.  This is something we should have specified when Yarwood was built but you live and learn and pays an expensive penalty for the retro fitting! 
In the next few days we anticipate (read pray) that the internal alterations necessary to accommodate access into the saloon and the necessary making good will proceed a pace.  I will update tomorrow..
Internal view of fore slide hatch and doors

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Tunnel Lamp for sale

All the items I previously posted for sale have now found homes and here is the latest that is 'going under the hammer'. 

Joe has just placed Yarwood's tunnel lamp on Ebay,    It is a Simpson-Lawrence lamp manufactured in Glasgow.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Sale update

The Captains chairs and the Lilyking fire have found new homes. We are going to put the Cannon cooker on Canal World forum and EBay if anyone is interested.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

For Sale...

No, not Yarwood!

We are about to have some changes made aboard Yarwood and to accommodate these changes we are selling some items.  We intend to place them on Ebay next week but here they are on the blog first.

First up, two Wilsons Captains chairs.  These are two and a half years old and in good condition, Ox blood colour, footstools NOT included.   They retail at over £500 each and we are looking for £250 for the pair.

Also to go is our Lilyking 5kw red enamelled multi fuel stove. Also two and half years old.  This retails at £669 and we are looking to sell for £250. The rear firebrick has a crack but otherwise it is in very good condition.

And finally, a Cannon Connemara LPG cooker, 500mm wide, two and half years old and retailing for £341.  Selling for a £100. This cooker originally came with a glass lid. However it was removed as it could not be opened against the tumblehome.

We are in the Braunston area and all this items will be available from next week.  If anyone is interested email me at:

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Historic Boats and lunch with Friends

We were collected by car this morning as we loitered at the nearest bridge to where Yarwood is moored.  The What a Lark crew, David and Lisa, turned up in their car to pick us up and transport us to Braunston for the Historic Narrowboat Rally.  David and Lisa had never been to the rally and were keen correct this omission and had also arranged to meet our 'stalkers' and their 'boat sharers', aka David and Amanda.   I had booked a table at The Admiral Nelson for lunch so once the cars were parked off we went to view the boats and watch the parade.  Today fortunately the weather was much better than yesterday with sunshine rather than heavy rain showers which are always going to put a damper, excuse pun, on any outside activities.

 Nutfield and Raymond reversing on to their mooring
With Raymond moored up we were given the opportunity of a tour of the boat with and explanation of how a family lived on board and operated the boat, all very interesting.  I found a handsome brass lamp (tunnel lamp) that we subsequently bought for Yarwood and now awaits Joe time and ministrations to get it fitted.

 A pair leaving and heading up the flight as we arrived at the Admiral Nelson for our lunch

 A busy and popular canalside pub/restaurant

 There's always one!  Lunch in the Admiral
L-R David C, David L, Lisa C, Joe and Amanda L
It gets worse...but it amused everyone else

 Watching boats, Amanda, Lisa and David

 And coming down the locks are a pair, Kangaroo and Australia, that are actually working

 Loaded with bags of granite chips and rafted together

 Scumbled cabin tops and polished brass gleaming

How lovely is that?

Saturday, 28 June 2014


We are now moored out near bridge 102 outside of Braunston.   It is the Historic, or as Joe insists, the Hysteric, Boat Rally so Braunston is likely to be rammed with boats and gongoozlers.  Our visitors Adam and Adrian of Nb Briar Rose called in to see us and Yarwood before Joe then joined them for a lift into Braunston where himself was getting a newspaper and a loaf and Adam and Adrian were going to join Sarah on Nb Chertsey for the parade.  It is now teeming with rain!!  It may be some time before I see my husband again as he went off with no coat and planned to walk back..
What's the betting that someones mood will be as black as the sky currently is??

Joe, Adam and Adrian