Our little jaunt last weekend was, in truth, a kind of fact finding mission, we went to have a peep at a mooring we had heard about. After a chat with the owner and a little deliberation we decided to give it a go and on Friday afternoon we cruised down there. Maffi played a starring role in this by turning up on cue at Fenny just in time to provide car shuffling services whilst we provided catering services in exchange.
Saturday was spent in Banbury trying to find a mobile phone provider who could provide a service at the new place and at a tariff to match the deal we get from O2. We are currently testing out Orange, but are also toying with the idea of a signal booster as the O2 tariff is much better… Watch this space!
B & Q was visited some timber purchased and a gangplank constructed.
Today we have done some domestic chores, devised a system of strings to raise the solar panels to face the sun without venturing along the wet-side’s gunnel and spent some time scanning old photos onto the computer, hey ho, back to work tomorrow.
This is a really idyllic place, set in farmland, Catty has been in and out today to check out the surrounding area and finally checked back in about 3pm, promptly falling asleep on our bed and stayed there for the rest of the day, no doubt dreaming about messing about in boats. Ratty certainly knew what he was talking about!
"Is it so nice as all that?" asked the mole, shyly…
"Nice? It’s the only thing," said the Water Rat Solemnly, as he leaned forward for his stroke. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
"Simply messing…about in boats — or with boats… In or out of ’em it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you’re always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you’ve done it there’s always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you’d much better not."