We happily moored up on the Rowington Ridge for a couple of weeks.
The prime mooring was ours and we had no need to rush away. The best location for a peaceful rural stop where there is space for the Band saw to be put to use without getting in the way of the Towpath users. Captain Chris put on his ‘Carpenter’s’ Cap and fabricated two boxed bench seats for the stern deck which makes a better social and functional area for us.
|Comfortable under Canopy covered stern at The Navigation Pub, Lapworth|
Now it gives us even more appreciation of the space and is inviting to use. Yesterday I even sat down and played my uke followed by my guitar! No excuse, now, to get in some practise!!
There is a never-ending unwritten list, in my head, of finishing works to do on board DB. For me it mainly involves sanding, filling and painting etc., I am 2 small strips of wallpaper away from finishing my first ever attempt at wallpapering. I think the effect looks good and I know it will be better next time. The Bathroom doors are in situ and I need the thumbs up to get on with the painting. When the almost completed stage is reached it is easy to turn a ‘blind’ eye to finishing off. I know in the background there is my concern that when the DB works are finished the ‘urge’ to ‘do another’ will rear its head. The story of our life together, so I’ll just take my time.
I have invested in a modern wrist worn pedometer known as MiFit that syncs with an App on my Mobile phone. I am trusting that it will accurately measure the number of kilometres (kms) that I walk each day by counting my steps. It also measures sleep hours and I am particularly interested in my nightly deep sleep hours. I have bought a MiFit for Chris as well and we seem to walk a similar number of steps each day. Now our thoughts are moving to counting how much ground Della covers! That would be interesting.
|Wheat Field walk|
Since I started wearing my MiFit band, a week ago, I have walked more than 40kms! Someone asked me if I felt under pressure to walk now that I was wearing the 'band'. I think it motivates me to walk to achieve my 8000 steps per day goal and it is interesting to get objective 'feedback' at the push of a button. It interests me to know how many kms I walk and I will not feel guilty when I need a new pair of 'Trainers' (I remember the days when they were called 'Sand-shoes' then 'Gym-shoes'!)
|Rowington Ridge, terra firma with our mooring....yay|
The blue sky of summer has petered out and I think there is truth in the British weather lore proverb if it rains on St Swithins day (15 July) then it will rain for 40 days. It did drizzle briefly in the morning of 15th July, this year, and it has rained just about every day since then. Lucky we live on an Ark!
There is no rush to move on. We are fortunate to have a capacious water tank and even 16 days after topping up DB, DB was not thirsty. However, we decided to move from the Rowington Ridge, fill up with water at Tom O’ the Wood, keeping the Canopies up all the way passing under 4 bridges to The Navigation Pub in Lapworth.
We gave in to the chill of summer-not, the other day, and lit the fire on July 26th. And we were not the only ones!