Friday, December 21, 2012

Marina living

We’re settling into a routine here. I get up around 8, make a brew for Mags, sort the fire out then take Meg out for an hour. Breakfast for all three of us on our return, then read, listen to the radio, or just potter till Mags is ready to get up.

More pottering till noon, when Meg goes out again, this time for a pee and 20 minutes chasing a ball before lunch.
Then we do a bit of physio (Mags and I, not Meg!) followed by a game or two of Scrabble, dominoes or ludo. By this time it’s getting on to take Meg out again to be back in daylight.
Then it’s dinner followed by settling down for the evening.

Of course, all this goes to pot when we go out, as we did on Tuesday, shopping in Lichfield. Mags enjoyed getting out, but was tired by the time we were back home.
Yesterday we tripped over to my parents house in Sileby, and had a very pleasant afternoon chatting. We’ve had a day aboard today, and tomorrow we’re heading up to Yorkshire to see Mag’s family before Christmas.

Today is of course the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, but it has turned out quite pleasant after the appalling weather of the last couple of days.
Sunrise this morning was 08:17, setting at 15:52. That gave us just over 7½ hours of daylight.

Sunrise at the marina this morning
I’m not surprised to see that the river section at Alrewas is closed again.

From here on the days get longer but we’ll not notice for a while, by this time next week we’ll have gained all of two minutes!

With the wet weather and waterlogged fields getting Meg dry several times a day is a challenge. Meg and water have a curious affinity….

DSC_0039I spotted a “Dog Drying Mitt” in the Co-op the other day, and it’s excellent!

It soaks up an impressive amount, rinses out and is dry in a couple of hours. I’m going to get another for the other hand…

Locks 0, miles 0

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