Under Maintenance

Kings Sutton - Oxford canalThe weather finally perked right up so we stayed put for the day and got on with a bit of boat maintde-rusting the gas hatchenance. With most activities requiring drying time we had a quite a bit on the go: metal ficratch cover clean and sprayller setting, primer drying, gloss baking in the sun, wood stain fixing, varnish turning tacky and the cratch cover getting a vinyl telderberry cordialreatment… the time seemed right to make some elderberry cordial and drip it across the carpet. That went down well.

It’s a bit crackers to think we’re only 20 odd miles from Oxford as today has beeaaaagh the side hatchn ridiculously quiet, with nobody about on the boat moored behind, there’s only been a handful chug past. Just round the corner is one of prettiest lock cottages, although with a boat providing an endless ‘to do’ list it’s a wonder anyone ever Oxford canalmanages a house – I guess they don’t rust.Oxford canal

All very odd having the cratch down at the moment, it definitely makes getting in and out the boat less of a duck and dive plus the outside feels so much closer. After the coldest August since 1993 it was lovely to enjoy drinks and the sun going down sat in a spot usually hidden away under vinyl.