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Friday, December 12, 2014

To close for comfort

As my health improves each day I can finally turn my energy, what little there is, to writing a blog post. The need of pain killers is almost non existent and my appetite is back to normal, just need to heal inside and build up my energy but from past experiences this I know will take time.

In the meantime we think under the circumstances we are in the best place for now. Of course because of planning laws a great many marinas all over the canal system are classed as non residential but.........

As you can see in the picture space is not in great supply but believe me people are living like this permanently. Just scroll to the top of the blog and look at what our moorings are usually like. Open to both sides and often with views over rolling countryside and often not even another boat anywhere near.
To the right we have a jetty and the distance window to window is 41 inches!  To the left it gets worse as there is no jetty and the boats are actually a thin fender apart and the window distance reduces to 17 inches! The jetty stretches down just three quarters of the boat making it impossible to tie the boat firmly which is noticed when the wind causes the boats to bump noisily together or against the jetty.
I wonder if there are fire regulations covering space between boats, i`m sure there are for caravans.
We are fortunate that the boats either side are unoccupied and are just someones summer pleasure moored for the winter.

 As you can see in these shots through the front doors we have a large hedge blocking any view there might have been. Good access not only for nurses but also Mr Tesco makes life easier while I heal but luckily it`s not forever and although we are very thankful to be here temporarily neither Jaq or I could live like this permanently.
Boaters are such a great community, Robert having popped in from his mooring has just returned from the chandlery with some coal for the fire. If that hedge wasn`t there all we would see are the trains passing by. Luckily they are far enough to not be a nuisance in this generally quiet peaceful location.


KevinTOO said...

Like you quite rightly say Les, there are lots of worse places you could be...
Roll on Spring, get your strength back, and you'll be ready for cruising again :)
Keep warm & safe for the time being.

Anonymous said...

Wintertime is a bit dull anyway and you are in the best place for all your creature comforts. If we are to be frozen in this winter you will have everything easily to hand there. Just concentrate on building your energy back up to cruise off into the sunshine again.
Love to you both,
nb Oakfield

Marilyn, nb Waka Huia said...

Good to hear from you again, Les, and good to know you are getting your energy back as you heal. Love and hugs to you both from the NZ contingent. M&Dxxoo

Carol said...

Are you in courts marina?

Les Biggs said...

Carol please tell me where courts marina is.
We are in cow roast marina.

Les Biggs said...

Hi Marilyn
Got to get my energy back for when you lot invade next year.
Les xx

Les Biggs said...

Hi Keith/ Ann
Certainly will be on the move before the summer sun arrives. Even just a very slow cruise maybe in about 8 weeks will ease us back into " normal" boating mode.

Les Biggs said...

Hi Kevin
For sure we will not be here in spring, if I was then it would be in a straight jacket.

Arthur said...

Good to see you are on the mend and able to moan again! Sure sign you are recovering- how is the good lady coping with you now?

Les Biggs said...

Hello Arthur
yes sure sign all is healing. That good lady is my angel and has looked after me through it all.

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs