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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Many hands make light (sensitive photovoltaic cell) work...

As you may well have gathered, since the overwhelming likelihood is that you've arrived here from Amy and James' blog, we've moved to Cambridge. We've found ourselves a lovely spot and are settling in well - great to see family and friends new and old.

Today was largely spent doing all the non-scary parts of fitting solar panels. James helped put on the biggest and second-most expensive sticker we've ever bought, and everything went very smoothly. Tomorrow, a grown up, with special tools and an understanding of the dark and sorcerous art of 12v electric, is coming to finish everything off. Thanks to the extraordinarily helpful Midsummer Energy for their advice and assistance so far.


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Big Trip

We're on our way to Cambridge! Hoping to arrive late August. We're currently at the top of the Caen Hill flight in Devizes.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Egg-cellent news!

Last night, whilst checking that the automatic bilge was still doing its job during all this rain, we noticed that one of the seed potatoes we'd planted was uncovered. Thinking that maybe the rain had exposed it, we covered it back over and thought no more of it. This afternoon, there was a duck egg in it. That must explain the phantom potato uncoverer, then...


Question is, how do you gently persuade a duck that your front deck isn't the best place for their nest? We don't really want to have to stay put for a month or so whilst they hatch and then take a trail of confused ducklings with us everywhere we go like an aquatic pied piper...




Sunday, April 8, 2012

Canal Trip

In what will hopefully be a warm up for a longer trip in the summer, we took the boat out for a few days up on the canal.


The moorings at Pulteney Wier in bath have changed - rather than being managed by aqua terra at the sports centre, they're now being managed by a new firm who will be charging all year - £10 per night. You can now moor on both sides of the river; under the park as well as along the railings by the rugby ground. There's talk of putting facilities in - even pump out etc., but as with all things on the river, we won't hold our breath.

Bathampton mooring.


Moorings near Trowbridge and Hilperton, where the 'canal effect' was most strong. Amazing how along the canal, everybody says good morning, everybody says good afternoon, everybody stops to chat and everybody smiles. Attempt the same out of sight of the water, and you're greeted by blank and slightly frightened stares. Something very special about the effect of the water on people. The sea does the same.


Wow, blogsy, you really failed me there- not sure why all those photos have uploaded so badly.





Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Oxalic Acid

Why was I not told about this wonder product before! Above - nasty watermarks on window frames. Below, after 10 minutes soaking in oxalic acid. Brilliant.


Saturday, March 3, 2012


New floor. Nightmare job. Let us never speak of this again.



Monday, February 27, 2012

Letters of Note.

This extraordinary website and its sister site, lists of note, are absolutely amazing.



Sunday, February 5, 2012


 Wow. Blogsy really makes the iPad a much slicker way to blog. Pretty sure I should have known that ages ago. Not even sure I should post really. Have a bad feeling that this might be like saying "woah! You can send short messages to your friends using a mobile phone using SMS!" 


Heath Robinson

 Realised we never posted anything about the boat's most wallace and gromit style invention - this movable towel rail which was made from a found broom handle and two window opening mechanisms which were in the B & Q bargain bin for 25p each. Happy tinkering times. 




Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Just a quick note of reassurance for all of those people who've worried about us being cold on the boat. When I got up for a drink at 1.30am last night, it was 30 degrees in the living room.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Working from Home

In my experience, working from home is both glorious and unproductive. Tea on tap, silence all around and few distractions in human form. However, there is a radio which it is socially acceptable to listen to, a window to look out of, tea on tap and in the winter, a fire to tend. Whilst PhDing I have come against all sorts of challenges I didn't envisage. I do not, however worryingly, mind the solitude - we luckily see lots of friends and we live in one of the most sociable communities either of us has ever experienced. What I have found tricky is finding the right place to work, the library is crowded and chatty, the graduate centre is full of well meaning procrastination and home is, well home and I thought I would keep it that way. But I'm now on a mission to train my mind to focus at home in my lovely little study corner Chris very kindly made for me and, whilst still coming into Uni to teach twice a week - I plan to work at home and hope this brings with it some new creativity - and perhaps more biscuits.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

OMG! Windy!

Making pasta and keeping the fire going whilst sheltering from the incredible winds!

Monday, January 2, 2012