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2016 Vital Statistics for another year afloat

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2016 Vital Statistics That’s another year afloat completed and so I sat down to work out our 2016 vital statistics. We had 10 trips away ranging from one day to one week. Miles travelled – 294 Hours – 110 Locks – 5 Totals since we moved aboard in September 2014. Miles – 780 Hours – 345 Locks – 186 (less …

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Another Year With Tumbleweed

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Another Year With Tumbleweed. It’s been another enjoyable year with Tumbleweed. Here are some of our monthly highlights. January – No trips away on the boat, instead a weekend in a hotel. With Market Harborough and the Foxton flight nearby, we had to get our fix of canals. February – A rare bit of snow March – Out at last, …

Another month, another weekend away

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Another month, another weekend away for us. Since March we have been out every month except September. That one omission was because we had a holiday away from the boat and then the refurbishment for the rest of the month. There has been some more work done on the marina this week, with extra pontoons on the banking for 2 …

New Adventures with Tumbleweed in 2017

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Our plans for our new adventures with Tumbleweed in 2017 are taking shape. Once everything opens up in March after the Winter maintenance programmes, we will head off for several months of cruising. Dredging at Upwell on the Middle Levels is due to last from January to late March preventing us from getting out. If work finishes early, they will …

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A Late Decision to Sail to Ely

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A Late Decision Angela was working 12 hour shifts at the weekend but I had a long weekend booked, and was thinking about what to do. The weather was looking decent, so on Friday I made a late decision to have a weekend away. I decided to single hand the boat to Ely on Saturday and aim to moor on the …

Getting Ready for Winter

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Getting Ready for Winter Out in East Anglia, the weather is still warmer than normal and for the last few months we have had very little rain. However Winter feels like it’s not far away. This morning for the first time, I needed my torch to get from the boat to the car. New Chimney Earlier this year we lost …


Boat upgrades – Nearly There

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Boat Upgrades – Nearly There Our boat fitter has finished his part of the boat upgrades. Now it’s down to us to get busy with the paintbrushes. The alterations to make the boatman’s cabin more practical have been completed. The original bench seating could also be used as a short single bed but in two years it has never been …

Boat Upgrades – Work so Far

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Over the last couple of weeks we have been having some boat upgrades on Tumbleweed. The main areas we wanted to change were the carpet and vinyl flooring, as this was as old as the boat and well past its best. We also wanted to improve the kitchen with better worktops and a new sink. Of course this escalated into …

August Catchup

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It’s been several weeks since I wrote a blog post so I thought it about time that I did a quick catch up. August Catchup The big event in August was our Silver Wedding Anniversary. Where does the time go? Add on another 2 years that we lived together before we got married and I start to think ‘surely I’m …

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Six Miles From Anywhere

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Six Miles from Anywhere It was another weekend when Angela wasn’t working and there was also a good weather forecast. Not wanting to miss this combination we headed off on Saturday morning with a loose plan. If we could get a mooring in Ely, away from the pubs, we would spend the night there. If this didn’t work we would …