Wind, Walls, Jabs, an Old Friend and a Decent Dinner.

What a night!
We had winds of up to 45mph and were rocked about a fair bit. I was awake anyway because of my knee, despite taking two painkillers before I went to bed.
Maggie spent most of the night on the bench which surprised me, and Hubby was up at 6am which is just as well as she wanted to go out. It wasn’t raining but still blowy, so he donned his yellow jacket to keep the windchill out and walked her round the Avenue.

Work in the marina is continuing at a fair rate of knots.
They have laid about 20 of the 140 sheet steel piling for the wall along the ‘boundary’ as marked by the string here when the work first started.
basin-work-16-jan-2 closer-still-16-janWe watched this morning as they maneuvered the girders into position with the digger on the floating raft, slotting them together like some enormous tongue and groove structure. We could’ve done with something like that when we were replacing our fence panels in the cottage!
homerI had a Doh moment trying to count them and Hubby said they were up to number 13 (this was at 8.30). I was really impressed at his quick calculation, then noticed the girders all had chalk numbers on them! I felt such a twit!
men-at-work
girders-1 girders-2
girders-3It has actually been a glorious day, so we’ve made the most of it and had plenty of walks.
I had a text message from the vet last week reminding us that Maggie’s jabs were due, so as the wind had dropped by midday, we walked up to the surgery. It’s about a mile and a half each way.
With a quick once over, I am pleased to report she has put on a little weight (0.4 of a kilo) since last year, and is in pretty good shape for her age (12). I got a new tube of cream for her feet when she licks them, and parted with the grand sum of nearly £55. Ouch.
Still, her health is as important as ours, so it’s all been accounted for in the budget.
Jabs done, we walked home stopping for a coffee on the way and to people watch.

What a pleasant surprise when C stopped to join us. They sold their boat last year and as  she doesn’t go to SW now I haven’t seen her since before Christmas. Tuppy has been poorly but is over the worst of that now, and it was nice to catch up. She said she’d heard me on the radio and seen the little clip on TV. It’s hard to believe that it’s a year ago when we were both interviewed about the boating life and I said I missed my washing line!

I have excelled myself in the kitchen today, deciding on rosemary chops and a blackberry sponge dessert.
The chops cost £1.88, and I steamed them in the frying pan with a little water and some dried rosemary.
My veg consisted of potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and parsnips, and I made up my sweet ginger sauce with a stock cube, ½ a teaspoon of dried ginger and a little sugar.
rosemary-chopMy dessert was the last of a large carton of frozen blackberries we were given at the weekend with a sliced pear for bulk, and my fatless sponge mix of 2 tablespoons of flour, ¾ tablespoon sugar and an egg, plus a little milk if needed to make it like a very thick batter.
Hubby had his with custard (10 syns) and I had mine with fromage frais (0).
blackberry-spongeThe juice from the blackberries made the sponge go purple so it made a colourful change from crumble!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to Wind, Walls, Jabs, an Old Friend and a Decent Dinner.

  1. How bad does the boat rock in that sort of wind? Does being tied up keep the boat from moving too much?

    • Our ropes are secured front, back and side, but have some play in them so that we can rock/sway without too much friction. Usually we don’t really notice it, but if it’s from a certain direction we get buffeted against the pontoon finger and creak a bit! Last night wasn’t the worst, and it’s the noise more than anything that disturbs us. Most times we just roll over and go back to sleep.

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