Friday, 9 April 2010

Slowly improving.

0 locks, 0.85 Miles. Now moored at Great Haywood Junction.

First and foremost we would like to thank all those lovely people who have sent Dot Get Well messages, there are too many to thank personally but you know who you all are. Dot’s condition has improved to the point where she is now able to eat and drink a little, but the side effects are that she is left drowsy and light headed which will hopefully wear off as she improves.

Well with the week-end nearly upon us we decided it would be wise to go to Anglo Welsh today for diesel, water and pump out as the week ends are not a good time to call when they are very busy with their hire fleet. It was a wise decision because upon arrival we found ourselves 3rd in the queue and there has been a steady stream of boats calling in ever since.  We finally got to meet Carol and George on Nb Rock ‘n’ Roll who we have only met fleetingly in the past.  Great to meet you both finally and hope you enjoy the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, we did.

Tixall 001 George and Carol on n/b Rock 'n' Roll with Derek.

Tixall 002 Carol with us outside their boat Rock ‘n’ Roll, courtesy of George the photographer.  I have included this one so that our friends in New Zealand can see that Dot is here too.  The comments were that all the photos are of myself and not Dot, that’s what happens to photographers.

Now a message for the Towpath Telegraph. Since our arrival we have found out that some bright spark in the council health and safety has deemed that the buses stopping to pick up and drop off on the bridge over the canal is dangerous and the buses are no longer permitted to stop here. If you want to catch the bus into Stafford you now have to walk up into the village via the railway underpass where there is no footpath for several hundred yards and run the gauntlet with the oncoming traffic. Now what is more dangerous I ask you! Needless to say I saw red at this and have sent off emails to the council and Arriva buses, as of yet no response. Even resident boaters in the Great Haywood marina are up in arms over the situation.

2214 locks, 4249.07 miles, 91 tunnels, 130 swing bridges and 58 lift bridges since Nov 2006


Halfie said...

Glad to hear you are being well cared for, Dot. I hope you continue to improve. I don't know what the weather's like in Staffs, but here in Norfolk today it has been beautifully warm and sunny. Boating weather!

nblazydays said...

I hope that Dot is on the road to recovery and gets fit and well for your flight to NZ.

We found NZ very expensive now compared with 3 years ago, especially in the South Island, but even the less touristy parts of the North Island were affected.

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Halfie, Alan and Frances,

Thanks for your kind wishes, I am taking each day as it comes hopefully by next weekend I should be OK to fly. The weather here is beautiful at Tixal and we hope it may continue.
We have been told that NZ is now very expensive and thats why we are having second thoughts on going home permanently at this time.