Ice, snow & skating ducks

DSCF0802We awoke yesterday morning to find the canal iced over, the sun soon came out however and the ducks were glad to see us when we opened the side-hatch to give them some bread, they flew down the canal towards us, mis-judged their landing and slid straight past the boat. If only I could have captured that shot!



DSCF0813Today was even prettier with a sprinkling of frost or maybe it was snow on top of the ice and a trail of webbed footprints leading down the cut. We weren’t able to snuggle under the cover for too long as we both had ‘Things-to-Do’.

DSCF0817aJoy had a Christmas Card Workshop to go to and very impressive the results were too.

I had promised to service Maffi’s boat engine so I had to brave the elements as well. Just as I was finishing I was surprised to see one of College Cruisers hire boats coming down breaking the ice.


DSCF0815…. but not half as surprised as we were later to hear the sound of approaching bagpipes playing Scotland the Brave and along came another of their boats with some of the crew attired in kilts! Scotland the Brave indeed!!!

Sorry ladies, I couldn’t get a better shot, but I was assured there is nothing worn under the kilt, it’s all in perfect working order. Boom, Boom! 😀

DSCF0822A little gripe I’ve had about the boat is that there is no lighting when you walk down through the boat so I had an idea, a set of ‘rope’ Christmas lights fixed under the gunwale, but all I could find were 240v versions, surely not too difficult to modify?

Then while out buying a bow-saw I found a ‘car’ set reduced to £1.50… Result!

Low Cost, Low Level lighting!


3 thoughts on “Ice, snow & skating ducks”

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