Thursday, 1 March 2018

Ice v's boat - and the winner ?

Us Brits do like to talk weather don't we? Being a Brit Boater the weather is always on your mind, wind rain snow ice.... but it is the last one that does have the biggest impact. When we brought Percy home in November 2012 we were thwarted by ice (in early November), until the coal boat came and saved our day. Here is that post 

This morning I clocked someone prepping Hunts lock. They were on their way to Shobnall in Burton for a blacking booking. I have lots of sympathy as come 1st March you would not have factored in 2 inch ice and -6c temps.

Here is what it sounds and looks like from a 21c boat  - excuse the split video, you will hear my priorities !! First the scene as I let Leia out for her wee

Intrepid boaters working the lock 

Now the view from my cocoon 

Needless to say the ice won. The intrepid boaters have taken a temp mooring across the cut to see if the ice gives up a little during the next few hours. It really was a one way contest with the ice being well over an inch thick, you would need a decent engine and a heavy boat - like a coal boat to smash through that.


Mrs. Jaqueline Biggs said...

Hi Nev,

So sorry to read of your plumming problems. As my daughters used to say, If it's not one thing it's your mother! Glad there wasn't too much damage.

Thanks for the videos. Your sectipn of the cut really was hammered by the cold. In Nantwich the ice was not too bad but the relentless wind was bitter cold.

Love and hugs to you and Rachel,

Jaq xxx

Nev Wells said...

Hi Jaq, retirement gives a different pace and priority, so the leaks will just get sorted, but I did learn a bit more about the cottage. As you said in your blog post the wind seemed to want to rip the heat out of your body. It’s still a great place to be so close to nature yet so protective. I hope the job hunting is productive for you soon, I know there is a good job out there you will enjoy. Take care x