Here we are moored outside of Tesco at Warwick again ready to restock with fresh supplies. We have had a very full and exciting week achieving a few things and getting good news.
Most importantly our health. Bob’s visit to Moorfield’s Eye Hospital service yesterday (Thursday 6th November) was successful. The eye is still a bit rough due to the cocktail of drops he has been having to use. However they appear to be doing their job because for the first time the pressure was down to 20 – on the edge of within limits – and the inflammation was stable! Also no sign of permanent damage to the optic nerve and a modest improvement to vision. We were both much relieved and understand that the return visit in 3 weeks is a good thing to monitor the continued improvement and efficacy of medications. We keep our fingers tentatively crossed that this may mean good long term outcomes in terms of both health and our freedom to keep on the move!!!
Bron’s cold has also gone so we are both enjoying a period of reasonable health – Yippee!!!!
Our cratch and pram covers have also been completed and finally fitted. We got back to the boat from our trip to London yesterday and could hardly recognise how beautiful Celtic Maid looks with her new additions. Not to mention how much more comfortable it is with a reduction in draughts coming in and the ability to take off shoes and jackets before coming inside, without getting rain and leaves and mud inside!!! A very welcome addition to our living and cruising pleasure.
We are yet to get familiar with the pram cover – dropping it to travel and getting it up quickly once moored – but we will get there. And we have to get both areas organised to take advantage of the new weatherproof storage areas without them becoming full of junk!! There may need to be lots of effective discussion to achieve this!
We also spent a lovely day on Tuesday 4th November at Warwick Castle. We had been fortunate in getting a two-for-one voucher from a retailer and took advantage of this despite the rather damp weather. Having lived in Australia where our architectural constructs are somewhat new, going through the grounds and castle itself was quite an experience. Now we know that it is a tourist attraction and so much of what is on show is to appeal to that market. However the castle building itself as well as the presentations by the History Team on areas like Armour were fascinating and we both thoroughly enjoyed the short birds of prey show, where Frank the Egyptian vulture and Ernie the owl went through their paces seemingly enjoying swooping within a feather of our heads!!!
Whilst in Warwick we also took the opportunity to purchase a couple of hot water bottles to aid in coping with both the colder weather and the various aches and pains we experience. Getting older really sucks doesn’t it !?
As we were moving from here last Saturday a number of volunteers from Inland Waterways Association were conducting a clean up of the canal. Using grappling hooks they were able to manually retrieve many items from the canal bed including shopping trolleys, motor bikes and scooters, bicycles, carpets, mattresses, pipe, hose and other unidentifiable objects. It was truly amazing how much was collected and the photos in the gallery show how full the barge was that then picked up all of the retrieved items.
So we have had an eventful week and are really happy with our progress. There are lots of photos in the gallery so please enjoy them and let us know what you think!!!