We spent a fair bit of time in the garden this week, harvesting apples, pears and nuts, between catching up with the trimming of grass and trees. There’s going to be quite a bonfire in a few days. Last Saturday I was out with the GCS and CaRT with some 30 students from Loughborough University clearing scrub from around lock 11 at Cropwell, they seemed to enjoy themselves and have even volunteered to come again. I for one will be pleased to see them as they did a blooming good job.
On Trudy-Ann the water pump pressure has been reduced to see if that will stop tripping the relief valve on the calorifier which has a tendency to weep now and again. Checked out the toilet which has been struggling at times and was relived to find it was just an air valve not seating correctly. (Whew or should that be phoo). With the replacement hinges the old screw holes in the woodwork have been plugged with slivers of sapele and given a couple of coats of Impreg. Hopefully that will hold things until February when she is booked into the paint shop. It is my intention at that time to remove the skylight and wheelhouse to bring them home for rubbing down and re-varnishing.
Busy time coming up as we are out to lunch with nephew Andrew tomorrow who is home on a flying visit from New Zealand and then on Saturday it is down to Woolsthorpe to help with the final preparations for the Dirty Duck Race Day on Sunday. Plenty of stalls and things to keep people amused, duck race starts at 2.22. Details on the Grantham Canal website http://www.granthamcanal.org Drop by if you can it’s well worth a visit.
Next week I’m booked up on a RYA helmsmans course with some of the lads from the society.
Nearly three years into retirement, still chasing my tail and loving it.