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Month: March 2020

Covid on the Cut – part 1.

Covid on the Cut – part 1.

Time for the next edition of my bi-weekly journal.

Effects of Covid virus

  1. No more work: Yep, work is cancelled. Walking around different parts of the East Midlands knocking on doors…. bit of a no-no.
  2. Panic buying: Lot’s of products have sold out in the stores. Both big and small stores. At different times, I’ve not been able to buy; milk, biscuits, nan-bread, toilet roll, hand wash, porridge oats. Porridge oats are like gold dust.
  3. My plans have all been cancelled. I was planning on moving the boat to a new area, which would require the help of a crew, (to make it less boring, easier and fun). As a direct result of the virus, many of my crew members I can’t expect to attend.

Apart from that. Life is continuing pretty normally.

On my last day of work. I met about 2 ppl who claimed to be self-isolating out of about 100 addresses. Around the 2% mark.

They’ve been very slow to roll-out the tests in the UK. I heard on the radio today, tests take 48 hours to come back from the lab.

Slow to act

In China, they had those hand-held scanners and the HAZMAT suit clad medics trying to analyse the spread of the virus. It the UK we have nothing, at least that doesn’t involve a laboratory.

Perhaps if Donald Trump had been less belligerent toward the Chinese, they would be more willing to share their expertise and knowledge in reducing their domestic cases to 0.

Those days are gone I guess.

Western governments seem to be doing their own thing. Mostly due to the relative sizes of the health sectors and the power of the governments in motivating policy decisions.

Breaking the rules

Apparently, the Parisians were still frolicking on the banks of the Seine, and the Italians deliberating over the wordings of terms like ‘exercise‘ and ‘essential‘ when the public place bans were brought in in those countries.

Today, on the first day of the spring equinox, marking the first day of spring, UK residents were packing out the UK parks and markets, and taking trips to the Scottish Highlands with campers full of supermarket horded goods to self isolate.

The Yellow Jackets of France are still holding their demonstrations on the streets of the capital.

All in all, it seems like a much more unruly mob to control than in China, where a) the government wields real power b) people are genuinely scared of those powers.

In the UK, they’re even talking about mounting a legal case against the government for late action against the virus.

I don’t think you’d see that happening in China.

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Aldi panic buying because of deaded lurgy!

Aldi panic buying because of deaded lurgy!

OMG! Aldi’s carpark is full. WTF is going on!!!!

I managed to get a space only after going into the over-spill carpark, a place rarely ventured.

Today, it was full!

All the toilet roll had gone!

All the handwash had gone, (I got washing up liquid)!

All the pasta had gone.

All the tins of beans had been depleted, and my favorite biscuits had been greedily stockpiled, and not by me! No doubt I’ll see them on eBay in the next couple of days.

I’ve never seen it so busy. I usually go on Monday to avoid the crowds. Today it was chaos.

Here’s a picture of the car-park.

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Gayton in the Fields

Gayton in the Fields

Sort of between Gayton and Rothersthorpe in the wilds of the Northamptonshire countryside.

Covid?

Close to the Evergreens Equestrian center. No doubt they will be feeling the effects the covid virus in the course of time. Usually, there’s parties of kids who learn to ride the horses in the gymkhana behind the boat.

Can’t see demand being that high whilst the specter of DISEASE stalks the British isles.

There’s hosses in the field right opposite and canada geese and swans that overnight in the field next to the bridge.

Generally lot’s of wildlife around here, which I’ve noticed before.

Choice spots

I suppose this is one of my chosen spots on the way out toward my new home.

This year, I’ve decided to move. This time in a northerly direction. I won’t be taking in every mooring stop and doing 14 days in each, just the choice spots on the route between Blisworth and Rugby.

Choice spot no.1

Today, it’s the first choice spot. Gayton in the fields.

I moved here today at about 7am.

I’ve been here a few times.

There are low hedges, and fairly good broadband, parking. Very peaceful. About 1 mile from Gayton and a mile from Rothersthorpe.

Get’s sunshine all day. When there’s sun to be seen.

Good for painting as the bank is fairly low allowing you to access the sides and hull without problem.

Also, being a 45fter, I can push it round with poles here.
Ta-da!

Here’s a picture or two.

Bridge 45 Grand Union - Gayton
Evergreens equestrian center

The Bonnie Lady

I’m trying to get round to adding the name to the boat, but it’s taking a long time.

I did a bit of bevel painting around the stickers we added last year.

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Top 10 Advantages of winter mooring in a Marina

Top 10 Advantages of winter mooring in a Marina

Yup.

That’s it for me. I’ve done my stint and from this Friday, (7th March), I’m back on the cut. Away from the protected environs of the marina and back out into the wilds.

Horray.!

Is it better to over-winter in a marina?

Here’s some of my positive and negative aspects of choosing one, or the other.

Advantages of the Marina over the Cut

  1. Electric. Easy and probably the only single reason I’d pick a marina over the cut is the electric.
    It’s in abundant supply, you can use as much as you want of it, and it doesn’t cost very much.
    Contrast this to starting of engines of one sort or another, it’s a greener and more pleasant way to spend those dark nights watching telly or using the computer.
  2. Post. All post is delivered to the marina office. Around Christmas, this is a massive thing allowing you to shop with alacrity.
  3. Parking. No more parking on the road, it’s all secure. Need your keys to get in and out and a short walk to the boat.
  4. Shelter. The boat is slightly more sheltered on the pontoons than areas you might be located on the cut.
  5. No mud. Serious business when you’re coming home from work or doing the shopping and got the towpath full of mud. Not so bad here on the GU, but down on the Kennet, there were definitely areas where the towpath was impassible.
  6. Personal care facilities. If you so wish, you can wash and ablute using the marina’s facilities.
  7. Shop/chandlers. To drop by and pick up things you may need in the future for the boat.
  8. Water-point/Elsan. Is right there! No fussing and planning trips to the waterpoint/elsan. Waterpoints are at the end of the pontoons, and the elsan is about 25yards away.
  9. No passing boats. I’m not one of those people that complains a lot about passing boats, but in certain circumstances, they can be detrimental in terms of noise or wake or collisions or all the above. This simply doesn’t happen in the marina.
    There are no speeding boats. Although the boats do speed around the marina, it has little or no impact on your boat.
  10. Deep charge batteries. For 4 months 24/7, your batteries will be receiving full charge courtesy of the marina hook-up.
    By the time you leave, they will have reached the maximum amount of charge that they can receive.
    From there on in, electrons in your battery electrolyte line up, so they’re all uniform, and ready for action!
    This can significantly improve the performance/life of your battery bank.
Gayton Junction, Grand Union
Gayton Junction, Grand Union

Advantages of the Cut over the Marina

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