Monday, 14 December 2009

To Stone

Above, new armco and repaired bank between lock 34 and lock 33

We made our way down from Barlaston to Stone this morning and are now moored up on the Town moorings.  Lunch in The Star, two meals for £8, a result.  We had called into Stone Boat Building to buy a couple of bags of coal and another vacuum cassette for the loo.  We are now have three cassettes aboard so that safely takes us to twelve days before we need a sanitation point. Well that's enough of that.. Moving quickly on. 
Streethay are coming out to see Caxton again on Wednesday to discuss dinette options and costs?  We have had the costing for the bow stretch and have tentatively agreed to that but we need to bottom the remaining costs and then pin them down to a timeslot. Maybe Wednesday's meeting will provide some clarity. There again, maybe not.

Caxton moored on the Town moorings in Stone

A small but nevertheless significant question - Why has it taken me 14 months to realise that a longer cracked windlass is much easier to use?  Answers on a postcard...


nb piston broke said...

You must let us know how you get on with the stretch. Where will you live while it is being done? Can really reccomend having an L shaped dinnette, we use ours so much more since it has been done Paul seems to spend every evening laid out on it. Think we have made the decision to have ours stretched next year let us know the pit falls. Is the quote really eye watering?
Have a lovely Christmas and hope to catch up with you next year sometime.
Lynne nb piston broke

Pip - nb Windsong said...

That's 'cos you spend most of your time out in the countryside with the dogs instead of working the locks with Joe!!!
How do you make 3 loo cassettes last you 12 days - you obviously have stronger bladders that we do - ours only last about 48hrs each?
Where are you heading for now? I thought the plan was to spend the winter on the northern canals?
Take care, both.
Pip xx

Sally Ellis said...

Wonderful blog.
I follow your travels ...such an enjoyable journey!
Our boat is a way off yet....self fit out!
Happy Christmas.

Anonymous said...

You've made so many friends on the cut that I'm sure you won't be short of a home when the work's going on....

Blue and Lou say that you can come and stay here provided you promise NOT to take them on one of your epic walks....

Sue, Indigo Dream

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Lynne
The quote for the 4ft stretch in the bow/well deck is £7650. Eye watering enough.. We are awiating the quote for the dinette. The well deck enhancement will include 'cellar' doors because we are going to use the hold space below the deck so it is a bit more that the usual in this area.
Enjoy your Christmas and see you in the New Year

Nb Caxton said...

I have sent you a seperate e-mail about the cassette and as for Joe working locks...I think not.

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Sally
Thank you for your kind remarks, I am pleased that you are enjoying my ramblings! Best wishes with the fit out you won't regret it when you are out here in the ditch with the rest of us idiots.

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Sue
We are going to get our caravan out of storage and use it as a base whilst the work is being done. The plan is to pitch somewhere near Streethay so we are at hand during the work and can ensure minimum slippage - well that is the theory anyway...
And a very big thank you to Lou and Blue for your kind offer!!