Thursday, 27 November 2014

The non waltzing rise and fall

We had an email from the Environment Agency when we were in Ely. The first warning, for us, of fluctuating levels at Denver as they started to discharge water. This because of heavy rain.  We were heading for the mooring anyway as we are off to Suffolk with Alistair's daughter and her family at the weekend.

As usual, once you pass Ely, very little traffic on the river. Quite a flow but a good cruise down. The red flag was flying when we arrived ..not a political affiliation but advice not to be on the move. Oh plans,for that now!

Our mooring here allows us to be onboard for 3 nights from 7. This suits us as we like to be out and about. If we are advised not to move and there is a problem, we have visitors moorings directly in front of us, and across the river and two a few hundred yards behind us. It doesn't make life difficult for us. One of the reasons we took this mooring.

So, our first experience of the Denver rise and fall. Alistair thought he had the ropes sorted and so it was....

We are in a deeper berth than some but so far.... So good

I love the moody grey and the changing light.

We are nicely tucked in and camouflaged.

Now you see the sluice

 And now you don't

Monday, 24 November 2014

A day devoted to ....Lewis Hamilton!

Sunset on Saturday

 Sunrise this morning

And in between 24 hours of non stop grey ...though it didn't rain for all of it.  We did have a nice evening but does it count after dark? Well it did for LJ who was able to sit outside for hours. One of his favourite things and on the list of best things about the Fens! 

Fortunately, we had no plans to move. We came up through Bottisham Lock on Saturday to position ourselves on the Fen mooring before 5 miles from Nowhere. Yesterday was totally devoted to Mr Lewis Hamilton. 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

How lucky are we ...... be boating in November sunshine

We left Cambridge this morning. Cleverly combining our departure with, elsen, dog walk, water top up and Tesco shop. Some of these simultaneously.

Yesterday I went to Yorkshire to see my Dad, now happily settled into care. Reminded me a bit of my old WRAC accommodation!!  Communal living always does that. Cambridge isn't the best place to do this from - the railway station a good couple of miles from the river. next month will be from Ely. 5 min max walk from any of the moorings. 

Now we are happily moored back at Waterbeach ...thinking just one night ...or maybe two. 

So pleased to be out and about. Because of our commitments in Newbury we had to stop boating at the end of October last year. Just loving being out. 

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Back to blogging

Getting back into the swing of boating .... easy. Getting back into the swing of blogging ... A bit more difficult! 

One night in Ely after arriving home and then straight out to Wicken Fen. Peace and more peace. Walked LJ up from the lock. Alistair said the going was slow. Not so much traffic at this time of year and some silting. 

Definitely quiter on the foot visitors. Neither biat came up yesterday ...they must have been disappointed to find us. I promise we're no trouble. 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Goodbye and Thank You

The last photo of South Africa. Taken at the airport.

Huge thanks to Janie and John for my holiday. And to Alistair and LJ for doing without me for two weeks.