Saturday 28th August 2021
Saturday, 4 September 2021
Thursday, 26 August 2021
The last of the 'stuff' from the boat that we, family and friends did not want was packed up and taken to our local hospice shop on Tuesday. What a relief to get our conservatory back! It has gone to a good cause and I hope they make a bit of money from it all.
I am still struggling with both knees, but we are still here and plodding (literally) on. We find enough to do to keep ourselves busy and we have a special event coming up this weekend... more of that will follow in due course.
Monday, 2 August 2021
Monday 2nd August 2021
We certainly cannot complain about the speed of our sale. She went on the market with New & Used Boats on Wednesday 21st July. On Saturday 24th we got an offer which we accepted. So here we are just 10 days later and everything is done and dusted, the money is in the bank and we met the new owners in the marina this morning to hand over Tentatrice.
David and Deborah have been out on a boat at least once a year since they got married 35 years ago and they have owned their current 42 foot boat for 12 years. The time has come for them where they want a bigger boat and will go off further afield. I know we probably shouldn't care what happens to Tentatrice now she is no longer ours, but we do and we are so glad to know that she has gone to a couple who will love her and look after her in the same way we did.
David and Deborah's mooring is in Kinver. They sailed to Hanbury Wharf in their old boat arriving yesterday. This morning they walked across to Droitwich Spa Marina and were there when we arrived. We have a granddaughter with us at present and once we had 'handed over' (ie gone through the general workings of the boat etc and answered their questions) David and Deborah were kind enough to allow Evelyn, Monty and I to travel to the top of Hanbury locks on Tentatrice.
Just a few photos of our final trip and David, Deborah and Tess's (Cockerpoo aged one) first trip on Tentatrice.
Tracey (our next door but one neighbour) was there to wave us off. We will miss seeing her, Jo and boat dog Shackleton, but we will, I am sure, keep in touch.
We wish David and Deborah many happy years and a lot of great adventures on Tentatrice. If you see the boat, do wave and say hello. The name may change, possibly to 'Rumah Kita II' - that is a decision they will make in the fullness of time. The colours and scroll work make her fairly easy to spot, whatever her name is. We know Tentatrice is in good hands.
Our final stats are:
240 swing bridges
I may well pop in every now and then when something special occurs and I will certainly keep reading the blogs that I follow. The next big event for us is the end of this month....
Until then I will say Au Revoir and if anyone is down this way please give us a shout - we are always ready for a cuppa/ pub lunch etc.
Thursday, 29 July 2021
6th - 18th July
I am sure our decision to sell may seem precipitous to some, but it is something we knew might be on the cards and has been discussed between ourselves for quite some time. If you look back to when we set off on 29th June, you will notice that we were not certain we would make it to Derby, but we were determined to give it a go. Sadly, it was not to be, so the only sensible option is to sell up and find other less strenuous adventures to occupy us. My knees will (I hope) recover and allow me to walk Monty again and I guess eventually I may get new ones. Chris's COPD will not improve and we did not want to leave Tentatrice languishing in a marina for a year or so in case I got better. She was built to cruise.
Boats are selling well at present, so it was just deciding how to sell her - through a broker or privately. The latter was not an option. Part of our mooring agreement with the marina specifies that we cannot sell a boat privately from the marina. New & Used have the concession as brokers at Droitwich which really made the decision for us.
They required us to move everything not boat related (ie windlasses, fenders, boat hooks etc etc) from the boat. A mammoth task done over many days. We now have crates, bags and boxes of 'stuff' all over the house! Once it was empty, the next job was a thorough clean inside and out, neither of which were too bad, but the job still needed to be done. Sarah once again came to the rescue and on Friday 16th July she came over and spent the day with us getting to all the low down places inside that I cannot get to at the moment. The next day (one of the hottest of the year) she and her younger son came over to help with the outside. Sarah was to help me with the blue sides and the roof (she ended up doing at least three quarters) whilst our grandson got stuck in to clean the black. His lack of height is a definite advantage doing that job! I have to say he worked very hard and never complained. I heard him negotiate his 'fee' with his mother - he settled on a bottle of Lucozade! Needless to say he got some folding money from us!
On Monday 19th July we formally handed her over to New and Used. As I published last week, the details went live on Wednesday 21st July.
We still have mountains of stuff to sort out at home. That will take a while. The family have first pick. Most of the rest will end up going to charity. We have a charity called "New Start" down the road who help those in need to make a 'new start'. Some will go to our local hospice shop, so I am sure it will all find good homes.
So now on to new adventures. On Monday 19th July we went out for a pub lunch with a friend. She and I attended our first face to face WI book club since March 2020 in someone's garden that evening. I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to see 11 other people in the flesh rather than on a screen. The book was not the best we have read, but we managed to cram in a lot of chatter. When life was normal whoever was hosting would provide tea and cakes. Over the last 16 months our numbers have increased (I wonder why?!), so a few people were asked to provide cake. We ended up with so much, we all had to have 2 slices each!! Such hardship! It was a memorable evening. I don't think any of us will ever take meeting people in the flesh for granted again.
The next day was our daughter's eldest son's 14th birthday and we went out for dinner with them to celebrate. On Friday we headed to Derby to visit our son and his family. I cannot actually remember when we last went to them. They had a new kitchen in January, so it was good to see that in real life rather than on a screen. We had a great time with them just relaxing and catching up on the months we have missed in their lives.
Back home now to await the arrival of our daughter in law and youngest granddaughter this today. Evelyn was supposed to be on the boat with us now, so as a small compensation she is going to spend a few days here instead. She has recently been gifted a sewing machine that had been languishing in someone's attic for years. I was able to instruct her how to thread it and sort out the bobbin whilst we were with them and whilst she is here, we hope to get her some material and a pattern, so she can go home in something she has made herself.
I am having an x-ray on my knee on Saturday and I am already receiving physio. All that is left to do now as far as the boat is concerned is to wait for her to be sold, so watch this space!
Tuesday, 27 July 2021
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In 2000 heavy rainfall had brought the River Thames up to flood levels with fast flowing water. A number of crews found the conditions on the Thames challenging, especially during the darkness of night-time for the non-stop crews. After an incident at Old Windsor wier the race committee took the decision to abandon the race. As some teams had already reached Teddington (and were waiting to access the tidal stretch) when the decision was made, they decided (against the race organisers instructions) to remove their race numbers and carry on unofficially to Westminster.
In 2001, along with a large number of events in the UK, the race could not take place due to a nationwide outbreak of Foot-and-mouth disease restricting unnecessary access to the countryside (and thus large parts of the course).
In 2016 Storm Katie brought storm force winds to London on Easter Monday meant that a decision was made to cancel the last day of the staged race and the results were based on the times taken to reach Thames Young Mariners. Finishers medals were awarded to those that reached this point and certificates issued marked "shortened course". This decision didn't impact the non-stop race, which had already finished on Easter Sunday
In 2018 heavy rainfall prior to the Easter weekend and throughout Good Friday once again brought the River Thames up to flood levels with fast flowing water. The race committee initially made a decision that no night-time paddling should occur on the Thames, but with conditions worsening then decided that all classes would finish at Reading (Wokingham Canoe Club at Dreadnaught Reach). No finishers medals were issued and certificates were marked with "shortened course".
In 2020 & 2021 the event was cancelled because of the Covid Pandemic