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Thursday, May 05, 2011


Time to move on and following my stay in Marsworth i went up through the flight of 6 locks to spend some time at Cowroast on the summit level, now it`s downhill through 34 locks to Cassio Bridge where i shall meet Jaq in just 2weeks and 3 days.
It`s been a slow journey down with plenty of longer than usual stops which makes finding something to blog difficult but no doubt when Jaq comes aboard her new home before we fly back to the States to marry there might be a lot more blogs.

This boat on the Wendover Arm has ended up on the bottom. Once somebody`s home it`s now i would guess a removal problem for BW.

My daughter in law Ozlem looking very relaxed on her visit

because son Steve is keeping an eye on Teo and Batu.

The water tank has taken a beating with so many visitors so top up before leaving Cowroast.

Into Berkhamsted for a few days gives me a chance to stock up the galley and find a laundrette to give the Duvet a wash as for sure it won`t fit my machine on board.

The old Town hall in Berko is now a coffee bar/restaurant.

Friday will probably be my moving on day as i know of a quiet little spot just before Winkwell that will be good for the w`end.
Next week i will start the spring clean of the boat before Jaq arrives which includes washing the ceiling and walls, drastic?  No the reason is i`ve decided that Jaq`s arrival will signify the start of my being a non smoker as the confines of a narrow boat will not be a healthy environment for the two of us. I have done a test wipe over on the ceiling and although the stove contributes to the muck up above my smoking must be the main cause. So it`s a case of will power or patches but i think will power and the the love of my life being on board that will win.
I must say i enjoyed smoking, but now have to consider Jaq`s health, and when flying out to the states have gone without  a smoke for 20+ hours so i think it will be easy. Of the 2 drugs (love & nicotine) my money is on love.


John Witts said...

Hi Les,

The best stuff to remove tar/nicotine residue from painted surfaces is Mangers Sugar Soap.

You will be absolutely gobsmacked by the grime it removes!

(Bottle some of it to look at/sniff when the cravings hit: it's truly disgusting....)

I'm an ex 60-a-day man. I went cold turkey for the first three weeks, then got help through hypnotherapy. It really works!

Kind regards to you and Jaq,

John (Pippin) x

Dave Winter said...

No more stinky clothes or fingers,no more yellow walls and ceilings and best of all no more paying tax to kill yourself.Think this and you will succeed as I did 30 years ago.Good luck.

Jaqueline Biggs said...

I love you back! Talk with you Saturday afternoon.
Love Your Peach

Les Biggs said...

Hi John

Sugar soap is exactly what i`ve got.
My Hypnotherapist flies in on the 22nd May so giving up will be easy as i`ll be to busy showing Jaq the wonders of canal life etc etc.

Les Biggs said...

Hi Dave
Trouble is as smokers folk don`t realise the stink that hangs on to them. To be honest i`d probably have carried on but for my love and respect for Jaq.

Les Biggs said...

Jaq my peach
Because of your work commitments
I haven`t spoken to you for 3 days and it seems weeks. XXX

life afloat on nb tickety boo said...

Hi Les, well done on deciding to kick the habit, I did three years ago, best thing I ever did! So good luck on that score. Both you and Jaqueline must be so excited, amazing how quickly her visit has come round. Can't wait to hear about how she enjoys it all and what she thinks of being afloat on Valerie! I kow she will love it! Regards to you both.


Anonymous said...

Hi Les, after smoking for 30+ years It came down to my annie or smoking. With her help and carrots, and a bit of choc. I made it thru. Love is the better drug.
Mark H. Costa Mesa, Ca.

eric wilson said...

Hi Les,
In 1996,[one year after the start of our American adventure], I managed to quit cold turkey after smoking for forty years; I still find it hard to believe!

Like you I also enjoyed smoking, [most of the time?], but now I find it hard to be near a smoker. I also think I could no longer afford the habit except at the expense of something more enjoyable.

All power to you in your endeavor, I'll be with you all the way.


Les Biggs said...

Hi Debbie
Did you take up holding the dog instead of a ciggy LOL
One of these days Jaq and i will get up to your part of the world.

Les Biggs said...

Hi Mark
Hope California is treating you good.
Yep for sure love is the best drug in the world.

Les Biggs said...

Hi Eric
I`ve decided also to go cold turkey and rely on Jaq being a distraction from smoking so Sun. 22nd will be my first non smoking day.
Regards to Patsy.

life afloat on nb tickety boo said...

I will hold you to that Les, I would love to meet you both! In the mean time I will keep holding the dog lol!!

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs