This is Steve & Viv Carter's log of the trips and travails on the narrowboat Adagio – liveaboards from October 2015. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." (Mark Twain)” email@example.com
John, Christine & Tilly came up for the day – for lunch, for walkies and for afternoon tea. They used to be our close neighbours on Poppy Eyebright and have returned to since the land – being closer to their ever growing family – how many grandchildren?
We always said we’d go out if the weather was agreeable and lo, it came to pass! After days of icy cold and high winds – the Met Office relented and said, “Oh, alright, if you must, here’s some sunshine!”. With the forecast of low winds, full sun and rising temperatures, we gaily slipped our moorings and crept out of the marina for the first time this year. Heading for bridge 27 and maybe beyond for a few days . . .
The gales of Sunday now seem a distant memory. We plan a trip to St Davids and then a walk from its small port, Porth Clais around the coastal path to Porth Lysgi. A gloriously sunny day. Cold but warmish in the sun.
Whilst not quite as exotic as the trip to Mojacar, as we did last year, we do need a break from the confines of the boat, the marina and the winter! We’ve had a few days of sub zero temperatures plus some snow . . .
A sprinkling of snow then a freeze
Toby loves it!
Yes, the marina did freeze over but only for one night.
So, we booked a week away in Hafan – a coastal cottage in Trefin, Pembrokeshire – our 8th visit. It is such a good property – big rooms, cafe opposite and pub across the road plus a short walk to the coastal path and the sea. It did take most of the day to get there, as we are no longer in North Somerset. So a 0906 start saw as driving down the M1, M6, M42, M5, M50, M4 . . . three stops and then arriving Trefin at 1602. Some rain but worse was to come – with the Met office forecasting gales of 60+ mph overnight and 50+ winds the next day.
This is the small bay just yards down the road, site of the old mill.
And here’s a compilation of short videos to give you some idea of the strength of the wind . .
It did knock the breath out of you and even caused Toby to wobble sideways
Never seen it this bad before.
Feeling slightly fortified as the Mill Cafe does wonderful food – especially the Welsh breakfast (like an English but with 2 added items – cockles in butter plus a laver bread & oat pattie! Yum). Viv had bacon and a pancake stack with maple syrup!!
We may be sliding towards the end of October and the “fun” of living on a boat in winter but the sun is still out and even though our friend couldn’t make this weekend, we planned to go out & lo, it came to pass.
The Open Road ! Very quiet this time of the year.
Steve’s lacquered bear is keen to be out!
Ah, these guys are back. Doing their bit for mooring nicely – not doubled up or moored near a bridge, oh, they are doing both! As usual.
Viv drives – wearing her new knitted poppy – thanks to Jude Calver on nb Black Bart, see RoxyChicKnits to get yours!
I call this the lightning tree – as it dregs up that awful song!! Architectural though, isn’t it?
These guys are cute and were hiding at the bottom of the field. Might be me but I couldn’t help but think of what food to get for Christmas . . . .
It is almost Hallowe’en – Or is that a spooky reflection causing Steve to look ghostly?
Another Victor Meldrew moment for Steve (and others it seems) as they do insist on mooring tooooo close to the winding hole (over on the right). Long boats have to turn early but that would mean smashing your stern into this ickle boat . . . steel v. fibre glass?
Meanwhile, whilst the temperatures head south (1 degree tomorrow), we have the stove glowing nicely . . .
And Viv makes her sherry trifle – using two jellies (strawberry & then lime) to create a kind of Tequila Sunrise effect! All part of our calorie controlled diet, honest. We can share . . . if you come out this way? But be quick . . .
I know a song: “There’s Something wrong with the Weather!” – this warmth continues with temperatures exceeding 17 degrees here. A walk up the Hemplow Hills & the marina Kingfisher seems to have returned!
Toby seems to have a new lease of life – very bouncy & active!
Can the same be said about Viv? Well, we are trying – with longer walks.
A brief flash of blue – and a small bird sits opposite our kitchen window. Yes, the local kingfisher has returned.
Didn’t hang around for long but nice to see him back. Oh, he’s moved to Mr Crabtree . . .
And a very short video . . . they do bob you know!
Well October has come around so quickly. It was only July when we visited Mum and made the bold decision to go for a new boiler (old one was 38 yrs old!!) plus a new big radiator for the big lounge. The “stuff” was to be delivered on the Monday morning, with the men arriving around 12 to begin to take the old out & put the new one in . . . sort of went to plan. The radiator didn’t turn up. Not until Wednesday in fact! Still Mum was glad to have us around and to leave Steve to chat with Paul the installer, all about the new smart pumps, modulating boilers, 3-port valves and the posh Internet ready thermostat – yes, Steve can access it and control it from his computer! Time for more shopping and the odd pub visit . . .
View from . . . the bedroom and yes, you can see the sea.
Back to the Tankerton Arms for a beer or two . .
Nice selection – inc a dark beer – Sleep Delays?
Yes, a lot more pipes and bits on show!! A smart condensing boiler but so many pipes, pumps and controllers!!
We wanted to find a country pub, that did good food, gave us a nice ride out and let dogs in . . . We found the Duck Inn, Pett Bottom! Only 12 miles away but middle of nowhere! Wonderful food – a real gastro-pub. See the Duck Inn
Good real ale, a big gin menu and the food was really excellent.
I’ve been expecting you . . . .
Quite hidden away but quite a gem . . the hot October weather was a bonus! In fact, too hot to cause the new central heating to come on!!