We have finally given up on our plans to join family in Norfolk for Christmas. We have been hoping that the ice would thaw sufficiently to enable us to get Caxton to Hockley Heath on the Nth Stratford canal where we were booked in for the holiday. Caxton would have been secure and on shorepower while we went away. Now however we will have Christmas on Caxton as we have had for the last two Christmas's and try and see family in the New Year when we are released from the ice. It's not altogether a bad prospect we have enjoyed our boaty Christmas's to date though spending time with my family would have been a bit special as we are so rarely together at this time of year.
We managed to move Caxton today and get water, the centre of Brum being almost ice free though all routes out are still solid. I have booked train tickets and a hire car for the weekend so I will leave Joe and the dogs in Brum while I travel to Essex to see my Mother who will be 79 years young on Friday - a birthday lunch the order of the day of course..