We are now feeling comfortable, living in the
Marina and enjoying the
home-feel of AM. We seem to have had more days on dry land rather than
constantly working on AM improvements. and we have enjoyed plenty of drives and
walks since Della has arrived.Many trips exploring the Derbyshire countryside,
the beauty of the Peak District and appreciating the local walks afoot from
Apart from the ‘pump-out’ trips we did go out for a couple of nights on the “Cut” in AM.
We are, now planning a 3 month adventure canal adventure around the Penine Ring. By all accounts the wettest drought is over and the water levels should be favourable to the Northern canals and we can cruise on A.M and make it, dare I say, a holiday. And Della is on board….
Della appears at ease with AM, and seems calm on the Bow. She has a ‘throne-like seat/bed from where she can see and smell what’s going on. She wears her harness and is attached to AM so that any jump, be it voluntary or an accident, into the water we can easily pull her back on board. Della is interested in coots and ducks but has not attempted to get up close and personal while she is on A.M. (I think it’s OK for her to clear them off the Towpath when we are walking as it saves them from being run over by cyclists!). The Swans and the Canadian Geese are hissy and snake their heads in an aggressive manner to ward off DOG. And then, talking of swans, today I had just lined up Della for a photo shoot on our pontoon, without her lead on, and 3 photos into the shoot, a couple of swans snaked their heads with full blown hissy beaks towards Della. She nearly jumped out of her skin and made to race off. I calmly called her back in-between expletives!! The photo shoot ended abruptly.
Adventures are on hold as my Ukulele Workshop have a gig at the Marina Open Weekend, and I have said I will participate!! My chance to perform with anonymity!!
We have had a few visitors to AM and some have even dared to stay on board. I am loving “my” kitchen and can cater for 4 with ease. The Air bed which we carried around with us for the past year was not successful, too cold and took up too much room. No complaints about the sofabed. Keith-who-can-sleep-anywhere thought that it was easier to sleep on the floor rather than move furniture around. (Chris almost lost his toenail, the first time the sofa was being put into position. His toenail is now guaranteed to fall off in due course. Ouch!) Thanks to Keith & Tony’s feedback we have, now, repositioned the dining / living room furniture and it will be a lot easier to transform the living room into a bedroom.
Next guests are Geoff and Jane. They will be here the day The Olympic Torch passes from Derby to Birmingham.
Meanwhile Chris is the resident AM painter and the organic camouflage is slowly being painted. She is looking great and it will be fab when we can get her AM sign in situ.
Anyways my Blogville will return with more entries, very soon.