Not normally a time see much of. Wide awake checking flight and travel information. Rachel is flying to Glasgow this morning and I am due in work as the snow caller, to make sure our site is open and talk to the press office to give them the call that then goes to the local radio TV and onto the web. it is an important job and someone local who can walk to work has to do it - ME !!
It is snowing steadily at the moment and we have a forecast for heavy show all day and it could last three days.
So tea and make sure Rachel gets off ok then walk the dog and go to work all before 6am.
Last but one visit to Waterlily found the central heating pump not working. The pump is a little noisy so I feared the worst. However on further investigation I tracked the fault to a failed pipe thermostat I put into the system a couple of years ago One of the benefits of blogging is I know it was October 2008.
I went onto eBay and got an brand new one inc delivery for just over a fiver. Not sure how it can be made marketed shipped and profit taken but I have to presume it makes someone money.
As we will be leaving the fire in and pump on I did not want it running unnecessarily so I have just wired in the replacement, set it to just over 40c and we will monitor it. It does sometimes wake us in the night butthen it is just doing its job - when the pump does fail I will replace it with something a little quieter.
I should say I think our system was designed to work pumpless based on pipe thickness and uphill runs but it does heat the boat better initially with the pump on. We can of course override the thermostat by changing the temp on the dial forcing it to run all the time.
I'm blogging from Waterlily. It is -2c outside and a warm 22c inside.
When we arrived there was no water coming from the taps, but the pump did cycle and pressure the system. We lit the fire, topped up the antifreeze in the header tank of the central heating (back boiler from the Squirrel) and boiled up some water we brought with us. We left the taps open with the pump off and after about an hour they started dripping followed by running water. We gingerly turned on the pump and it pressurised the system again and stopped -hopefully indicating a pressure test on an unfrozen system.
I think we just about called it right. We will keep the fire in as best we can while we have this cold weather.
I really am a fan of the 80's tv show Auf Wiedersehen Pet So when a friend organised a bike ride (motorbike) up the northwest coasts Salburn etc calling at the transporter bridge and then for a Parmo I was in line.
A few pics to remember the day. All in all about 340 miles and a great days biking.
Due to family stuff we have been remote from Waterlily for a while which will soon be addressed. Our last trip was a service visit to Shobnall. They are one of the friendliest near us and it makes for a nice trip out and back.
On our way into the village we passed Bruce waiting above Bagnall lock.
We had a really nice trip out stopping at Alrewas for food - it is so good to have the pick of the moorings this time of year.
We did get a real deluge on leaving Burton which allowed me to get the benefit of my tiller brolly holder.
We hunkered down at Branston and 'enjoyed' watching those few boats pass in the heavy rain - come on don't pretend you have not enjoyed that smug feeling?
Next days was once again bright sunshine and a deep joy to be moving on empty canals back to our mooring.
The colder weather and the high winds plus the time of year are depositing a large amount of leaves into the cut.
A couple of years ago I took Waterlily out with a couple of friends and we got stuck in Woodend lock. This lock collects all the leaves that fall from the trees in the long pound from Kings Bromley marina and beyond. We had to bow haul the boat out of the lock as no amount of reverse/forward delivered any propulsion.
I still envy you out there in this lovely autumnal weather.