Tuesday, 1 January 2019


Where did December go? We’ve had an action packed end to 2018. It’s like a spring day and not new years day here in Rufford, doors and windows open - glorious.

We saw the new year in at St. Mary’s Marina with our boating neighbours, around a roaring brassier, which I ended up keeping well stoked – I just LOVE fires.

Last Saturday, 21 of us went to panto in Southport. We had an excellent meal before hand and all opened our secret Santa parcels. It was ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and Alice’s friend Toni was Beauty. Alice and Toni had done Ada’s make up for her wedding earlier in the year. Alice took the 3 little kids back stage after the show to meet the cast. Heather & Jason took the wee ones home and the rest of us met Toni and most of the cast at the pub. Edmund’s Australian friend Ella, had no idea about panto, but she does now. 

The planned and emergency repairs are all completed on the Rufford Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and the water levels are just fine, probably due to the huge amount of rain we’ve had. It’s so nice to be able to cruise after a 7-8 weeks being trapped.


Bank Bridge

Christmas eve we took the boat to Tarleton to be near Heather & Jason, plus Samantha & Paul popped in on their way from Dundee to his family in Sheffield. We stayed at their house for a few nights. They had a house full for Christmas dinner as Jason’s sister Tina & her husband Psy were up from Luton for the week and Ada & Dale came too. Heather’s worse than the kids and woke us all up at 05.30 Christmas morning!!!!

Becconsall Marsh

Boxing day we had a lovely walk along the River Douglas. We’ve never seen the river so high, it was up over the path and Becconsall Marsh looked much more marshier than we’ve ever seen it. I’d suggested we’d do a litter pick on the marsh like we’ve done before, but we’d have probably sunk up to our middles!!!

Where's the path gone?

Ooopsy Magnus!!

Dr Foster, went to Gloucester!

The kids gave us a hand to move the boat back to Rufford 

Fearn's swing bridge

Town Meadow swing bridge

Uncle Ed brought the kids make your own sock animals for Christmas. So the other day we had a whole day workshop on the boat. I helped Nikita & Magnus do theirs and Heather did Lance’s. Sewing & me just don’t get on!!!!!

Stuffing the sock monkey
Sock unicorn

Sock giraffe

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