Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Our Internet Connection

1 lock, and .25 mile. Now moored at Apsley Mills

This morning we woke up to a beautiful fine frosty morning. We had not long finished breakfast when Peter on n/b Bletchley and Argos turned up and filled the diesel tank with another 60 litres so we are set for another 3 weeks. After this we decided to move the boat up 1 lock to the next pound, less than quarter of a mile. Once moored up we decided that it was a nice day for a walk into town.

I went to the Post Office to apply to get my NZ drivers licence changed to a UK version. £50 later and it's all in the post as they say. On the way home we called into Woolworths to take advantage of their Xmas chocolate specials,yummie but fattening.

We deviated on our way back to visit the craft shop which Dot had found out about. The couple who own the shop have only been there since last August but are a friendly couple and are very knowledgeable about what they sell. We bought a cross stitch kit of the Settle railway station and locomotive which will measure 12" x 10" and a clip on LED lamp to work with at night.

We received an email today from Chris and Debi concerning our internet connection being that we are continuous cruisers. We have had almost continuous internet since we connected in October last year. We did a lot of researching to find what other boaties are using and decided on T-Mobile. We now have upgraded to a USB modem with Web and Walk with T Mobile. Previously we used a datacard with the same company but since upgrading we are getting almost broadband speed (of course this depends on our location). With any mobile internet you will find there are some places that reception is marginal but overall there have not been too many days we have been unable to connect to the internet). Most of the mobile phone companies now provide mobile internet but from what we are hearing T-Mobile appears to be the best. For £29 a month on direct debit we get unlimited data capped at 3gig which we have never ever got anywhere near. When signing up you need a permanent address with a postcode, (use a friends if you don't have one still.) All the best with your future plans Chris and Debi email us your email address and we will answer more fully if needed. What's the name of your boat? Patchwork Cat sound interesting we look forward to catching up in the future on the cut.

831 locks, 1140.75 miles, 33 Tunnels, 39 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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