Bill Bryson and CPRE support Towpath Tidy

March 8, 2009

I was having my usual wander through the web when I spotted in BW’s Newsroom. Bill Bryson, President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) best-selling author of travel books has thrown his weight behind BW’s Towpath Tidy 2009. Bill Bryson says in a press release from BW: “Britain’s waterways are of vital importance, providing everyone […]

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What is the Oddest Tool in your Tool box?

March 7, 2009

The “Oddest” tool in Alacrity’s tool box is a Drive Belt tensioning tool I bought from Justoffbase about four years ago. It hooks around the alternator and allows you to put tension on the drive belt using a half inch square drive bar while you nip up the mounting bolts. It saves on bending screwdrivers, bleeding knuckles (when […]

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New Curtains for Alacrity

March 1, 2009

We have been thinking of new curtains for Alacrity for some time. Since we did the major refit last year new curtains have now become a necessity as the old ones are hanging by a wing and a prayer (my fault as I didn’t expect that washing  nineteen year old sun bleached curtains would cause them […]

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When is the First Day of Spring ?

February 27, 2009

The mornings are getting lighter the days longer and the dawn chorus starts before I get up so………… When is the First Day of Spring ? Climatologically The Met Office classes the first day of spring as the 1st day of March,  but because of the variation in the days on which the equinox and […]

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Abandoned Shopping Trolley’s Hotline

February 24, 2009

British Waterways launched today a hotline for the public to report abandoned shopping trolleys found in canals and rivers. There are over 3000 trolleys dumped each year and it costs £150,000 to recover them which according to Robin Evans equates to just 18 minutes of profit from the leading supermarkets. BW conducted a survey of 1991 people, […]

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Gas Struts for Bones

February 23, 2009

Bones in her post Gas Struts Help  February 11th was bemoaning the loss of one of a pair of gas struts she was going to use to help hold up her new bed on the good ship bones. I knew that somewhere in the depths of my garage I had an unused set of struts that I was going […]

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At Last a Weekend Aboard

February 21, 2009

Saturday dawned like a spring morning, the drive up to Braunston was a dream, all was well with the world, even Midland Chandlers had the brass curtain rails we had decided to fit…….all fourteen of them….They really look great now we only need to make the new curtains to go with them. As there was no […]

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Going Green…..Well Greenish

February 13, 2009

A few months ago we got a free pack of Phillips energy saving light bulbs from British Gas and as I had tried these so called “Eco bulbs” a few years back and found them next to useless they got filed in the garage. I only decided to use the freebies because two of the bulbs […]

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Magic Moment

February 12, 2009

My route to work is mainly rural and this morning driving up  out of a dip I saw silhouetted against the near full moon a herd of deer and with the snow on the ground it looked like a Christmas card scene. Its moments like these that really cheer you up  😀

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