Sunday, October 26, 2014

Nameless up a blind alley

Well I suppose we'd better get posting on the new blog seeing as we have four followers before a word has been written. Thanks go out to Adam, Nev, David and the lovely (but slightly crazy) Lisa for joining us so quickly.

So, nothing to report in the form of actual cruising, but we are now the anonymous boat with no name after we picked away at the old 'sign writing' which luckily happened to be vinyl decals and not paint,  and Jim our sign writer is happy with the state of the panel underneath that it doesn't need any extra work. We have our draft design and so all being well, it won't be long before we assume our new identity.
Waiting to be named
We have spent the weekend down at Kings Bromley. I've given the engine a full service and we are just about getting things how and where we want them now. There is a slight modification to be done to the weed hatch at some point (more on that another time), and we have finally managed to get a kitchen blind fitted on the starboard side.

I say finally, because we initially ordered it some ten weeks or so ago. We already have one on the port side which we brought with us form Blue Moon, so when I placed the order with the same company and was told the new one would be 7-10 days, it was expected to be ready on the return from our last trip.....wrong. Phone call after phone call, excuse after excuse, no call back after no call back, I finally lost my patience and looked elsewhere. 

Enter Dave from Cabincare. What a difference. Nothing too much trouble, calls back when he says he will and when he says 7-10 days, he means it. Goods arrived in a week and I arranged to pick it up from him yesterday morning on the way over to Kings Bromley. And the best bit about it is that his price was £45 cheaper than the other company for EXACTLY the same product. So, if you want furnishings, flyscreens or even a blind for your kitchen, give Dave a ring and save yourself some stress and cash.

On the way over yesterday, we stopped off at the new Canalside cafe at Great Haywood for breakfast. Nice surroundings and the food was good (if not a little overpriced I thought). Louise thoroughly enjoyed her scrambled egg and smoked salmon. Worth a visit if you're passing through.

So the clocks have now gone back and the dark nights are officially here. Hopefully we'll manage to get out for a short weekend chug before it's too late. Let's hope the weather hangs on just a little bit longer.