Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Days out, days in.

Today was a blustery day with leaves gusting around everywhere. If I'd stayed inside, I'd have battened down the hatches, lit the stove and done quiet, hibernating things. But there are going to be stoppages soon so I needed to get off the Ayelesbury arm (too tempting to stay hidden among the rushes for months on end!) and I ended up doing 19 locks today, before the light went. I just got to the Wendover arm before it got a bit too dodgy to be walking over lock gates without being able to see where the gate ended and the water began.
There were so many leaves in the locks that I had a job getting the boat to move forwards out the locks! They bubble up around the boat like leaf soup.

I liked this plaque at the foot of a young oak tree on the marsworth flight.

Yesterday, in contrast, I came back from days out in Brighton and London to snuggle under duvets, with my hot water-bottles and my latest find - a big old kettle, on the stove.

I'm so pleased with it. And only £3 at a car-boot sale. It was originally £5 and I managed to haggle. I never haggle! But I don't feel bad because I bought it from someone who looked like they had plenty of money. Ok, I recognise that I have some guilty feelings to think about here: I always get annoyed when I hear about people holidaying in India or Namibia or somewhere and boasting about beating some poor bugger down on a sale, when it's a matter of peanuts for the buyer.
When I offered £3 to the seller of the kettle, she said "yes ok, you look like someone who will use it" I suppose this means I didn't look like someone with a posh cottage (ie three labourers homes knocked through) who would stick it on a dresser to look olde worlde. She was right, I think it will be in very regular use!


Simon said...

Good kettle! I think mine was £3.50, from the same place... ;-)

I seem to remember reading somewhere than some canal companies (Shropshire, possibly?) planted oaks etc along the canalsides to supply themselves with wood for boatbuilding, and possibly locks too. I like the optimisim of long term thinking...


Anonymous said...

To Alan
Take care,

Tony said...

Leaf soup - what a delicious idea! Actually, we have a similar delicacy here at Little Venice, served with plastic croƻtons - yummy!

Anonymous said...

Enjoy the Marsworth - we were stunned by its loveliness earlier this year - it's so peaceful at the far end.

Sue, Indigo Dream

Anonymous said...

Ha! Nice image of the croutons, Tony :-) You're at Little Venice? Ooh, be nice to wander over and say hello. I'd text first in case you're busy!

Sue - I do hope that pesky toe is mending well. It's funny isn't it, but you never think about these little digits until you damage it, then you realise it's in constant contact with everything!
You're right about Marsworth - very lovely.
Carrie xx