We are moored in a perfect spot in the shade at Linslade, with willow trees on each side of the canal which means the boat only gets odd spots of sun through the branches. And the solar panels are still picking up just about enough rays in the shade to keep the fridge going and as you can imagine it’s working it’s little socks off!!! Our portholes can be completely removed meaning we get a nice breeze or should I say warm breeze but the temperature inside in the day in this lovely shade is 28-32c. So these temperatures are perfect for sitting on the tow path spinning.
John’s been busy repainting the doors and hatches that were adjusted a few weeks ago and touching up other odd bits of paint too.
The moon last week was beautiful. The day before we moved to Linslade we walked up from Stoke Hammond to The Old Red Lion at Great Brickhill. The views from there of the sun set over the valley were amazing. The short walk back down the hill at dusk took us ages as we kept stopping to watch the wildlife, deers, rabbits that the fox didn’t quite catch for supper and lots of bats, we could hear the owl but he didn’t fly where we could see it. The farmers have been very busy with hay making last week, thank goodness my hayfever doesn’t play me up anywhere as much as it did in my younger years.
Last Friday we got the bus to Luton for John’s annual eye test and to probably give blood at our donor centre for the last time. All the staff at the donor centre know John really well as he used to give platelets fortnightly and the procedure took up to 2 hours.
Saturday and Sunday I went with the Bedfordshire Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers to demonstrate at the South Beds Country Show in Harlington. It was predominantly a steam and vintage vehicle event with a small craft marquee, children’s rides and a small area with farm animals, which is where we were. Gosh, it was hot but we unlaced our corner to the marquee to give a bit more of a breeze. I don’t think the event was very well attended and the traders were all moaning about they wouldn’t cover their costs. John came on Saturday and demonstrated lucet and pin loom weaving.
We keep looking at the news reports about all the moorland fires in the north west. The smoke from the Winter Hill blaze was blowing over Heather & Jason’s house at the weekend.