Having had use of a car for a fortnight, I've been out and about doing chores that are easier with transport - namely buying coal diesel and "heavy" shopping items (laundry liquid, soft drinks and the like)... I've forgotten HOW to park a car it seems. I can fit a 57 foot long boat into a space 57 foot and 1 inch long but parking a Peugeot 107 in a space with 2 foot spare front and back seems quite a struggle these days. I DON'T miss driving at all... I DO miss the convenience but not the chore itself.
Anyway - ONE good thing about being mobile (road wise) again was being able to have a trip over to Salford Quays. I'm planning the 2021 routes now for www.narrowboatellis.com and I was thinking about taking a trip to Salford Quays... with that in mind, I went on a scoping exercise
I can't work out where there is to moor though - It's probably best if I speak with other boaters who've been there.
Still, it was a pleasant day out - nice views and even a (free) visit to the Imperial War Museum.. which I have to admit was a bit disturbing... although it did fill a few gaps in my education I suppose.
On return, it was time to do the 3200 hour service - which included both diesel filters this time... I still HATE changing the gear box oil but it has to be done - WHY they don't fit a lift pump like on the engine sump is beyond me!
Anyway - it's done now and that will take me through until Mid March when I set off on next seasons cruising... I'm pleased to have clean oil and filters throughout for the winter... I may have a few short trips here and there but nothing more than a couple of days.
I must say, being on Shoreline is SO nice... to use the immersion heater to top up the hot water tank AND being able to set the websato to come on early morning so I don't have to worry whether the fire has stayed in over night or not... it's a bit of a luxury but after the year I've had, I feel I deserve a bit of R & R.
First on my imaginary list of jobs was replacing the seats in the bow - They've done ok but were long over due replacement if I'm honest...
Despite their rotten appearance, they were a bit of a bugger to take apart...