Saturday, 10 April 2010

How poor are they that have not Patience

That's Othello Act 2 Scene 3 - and so it proved today as we had an idyllic day boating up the Old West River from the Lazy Otter to Earith for Patience to have her bottom blacked.
It's generally recommended that a narrow boat has its bottom covered with a couple of coats of bitumen every 3 or 4 years and we brought Patience for this treatment to Westview Marina at Earith where she will also have a couple of new sacrificial anodes to help her resist rusting.
The trip up took a little over three hours and involved our first lock, thankfully manned. Note that the lock is directly under the road bridge and that in being raised to the higher level Duncan's sensitive scalp nearly touched the underside of the bridge. Unlucky for you if you're 6 foot 3 and it's high water...
As Westview were fixing their crane  it may be a week or two before Patience can show off her new bottom. Meanwhile we can relax after a perfect day - and watch one of the several seals who have made Westview Marina their home.. (Photos by John)

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