Friday, 23 January 2015

Excursions and problems ...

A very short excursion yesterday morning

… just a hundred yards or so and up Cowroast Lock 

… to the water point and sanitary station
 … and to pick up a Tesco delivery, this is just a small part of it as I’d already put away the fridge/freezer items.

This morning we didn’t wake until 8am and the temperature outside was -5, it did however get a bit warmer, by 11am it rose to zero degrees C!

 Sun starting to rise above the trees at 08:15
 11:45 and we hear the ice breaking by this C&RT motor having some problem keeping to the middle of the channel
 … the ice was quite thick too, no wonder he had a bit of trouble
… but he managed to extricate himself and continue to the lock.

No photo’s of our second excursion this afternoon as it didn’t last very long!
We’d decided to take ourselves into Tring, it only takes 5 minutes on the bus.  Les had told us, and the internet confirmed that buses ran every half hour just after the hour from the pub so we set out to catch the 1:30 bus.  
We waited in the freezing cold until 10 past 2, that was 2 buses that didn’t arrive. We decided we’d had enough so we took Molly for a run on the playing field and came home to a lovely warm boat and a cuppa! We may try again another day.

And the problem?  We are having problems with the alternator that charges the batteries.  It is only putting our 22 amps instead of 110!!  Not good!  We’re having to run the engine more for our day to day electrics and the batteries certainly can’t manage a washing machine load.  Beta have been informed and parts are on the way to Foxton Boats who are their representatives for warranty work and are now waiting to hear from Sam Matts as to when he’ll be able to come and fix it. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long or we’ll be running out of clean clothes!


  1. Hi Carol, hope you are all well, I'm still coughing, more medicine required I think! Lovely photos as usual, love the ice braker! Hope you get your batteries sorted.....smelly!!! Look after yourselves, love Sandra. Xxxx


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