Friday, 27 October 2006

Slow progress.

Tonight we are back at Farncombe boathouse awaiting the remaining electrical equipment. Today we received our new inverter and alternator to battery charging system but we are still short of an alternator and various cables and connectors. The cables from the batteries to the invertor are huge multi strand cables, 13mm thick and capable of carrying 600v, a bit of over kill here I think. The engineer hopefully will buy the bits and pieces tomorrow and we can start on fitting it all together.

We had lunch today with Tony and Barbara Jarvis who live not too far from where we are moored. For those in the know back in New Zealand, Barbara is the daughter of Keith and Margaret Harman, old friends of ours from the Heretaunga Caravan Club. We had long discussions about all sorts of things one of which was the internet and mobile phones. As Tony is in the computer business he has kindly offered to help Dot set up Skype so we will have phone and internet on the boat. This will be better than using the library internet service.
The weather has improved over the past 24 hours and
we had sunshine, a blue sky and 19 degree temperatures this afternoon. The river has re-opened to navigation but we both feel that it could be Tuesday of next week before we get away. Another piece of good news is that the Basingstoke canal has re-opened to navigation. The Basingstoke runs off the river Wey before you enter the river Thames and hopefully we will be able to traverse the Basingstoke before we leave the Wey on our way to the Grand Union Canal.

The 1st picture shows Gypsy Rover at Godalming and the 2nd picture shows the southern most point of the Wey navigation at Godalming where we were moored overnight.

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